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Reuters reveals SEC’s Texas office probes banks over disclosures on guns, fossil fuel

Business & FinanceEconomyEnergyEnvironmentPolitics

Reuters exclusively reported that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Texas office launched a preliminary probe into lenders’ disclosures about their policies on hot-button issues like climate change and gunmakers, according to two people familiar with the matter. The inquiry appears to relate to two Texas laws, enacted last year, banning state entities from working with companies that discriminate against firearms or fossil fuel companies, the sources said. Amid pressure from investors and employees, banks have become active on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, eschewing gunmakers, backing racial equity projects and pledging to phase out fossil fuel lending, sparking a backlash from Republican lawmakers who worry sectors of the economy may lose access to credit.

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Topics of Interest: Business & FinanceEconomyEnergyEnvironmentPolitics

Type: Reuters Best

Sectors: Equities

Regions: North America

Countries: US

Win Types: Exclusivity

Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop

Media Types: Text

Customer Impact: Important Regional Story

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