On January 14, 2021, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) announced a series of measures to improve corporate disclosure rules in South Korea, including initiatives to promote ESG and responsible investing (the “Measures“). The Measures include the implementation of mandatory ESG disclosures for listed companies and potential changes to the Korean Stewardship Code to strengthen fiduciary duties related to ESG matters. In a press release, the FSC recognizes the “growing significance of ESG factors and responsible investing” and concludes that “it is necessary to set up an appropriate regulatory environment.”

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