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MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressional Watchdog, Foreign Policy Experts and Climate Advocates Discuss Implications of House GOP Attacks on ESG Ahead of Hearing

Jun 5, 2023


June 5, 2023
CONTACT: Emma Beckerman,

Washington, D.C. – For the second time this year, House Republicans will conduct an oversight hearing into responsible investing, clearly indicating this is a serious priority for the GOP. Sustainability, watchdog, and foreign policy leaders will gather ahead of the hearing to discuss how these attacks on responsible investing will affect economic, national security, and energy policy, what’s driving this push, research on the witnesses, and the role bigotry plays in these efforts.

When: 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 6th

Where: Register to join the Zoom event (Registration required)

Who: The event will include remarks by

  • Kyle Herrig, Executive Director of the Congressional Integrity Project
  • Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power
  • Joel Rubin, President of Washington Strategy Group
  • Mindy Lubber, CEO and President of Ceres


Background on Responsible Investing Attacks

In May 2023, House Republicans held their first oversight hearing on responsible investing and made clear their intentions to control companies’ business decisions. Through responsible investing, corporations have the opportunity to reflect their customers’ and employee values.

This push by Republican lawmakers is largely unpopular. Only 7% of Republicans think investigating US companies’ responsible investing spending should be a priority for Congress, and 79% of Americans believe corporations have a responsibility to bring about social change on important issues facing society.

But big money forces on the right, including judicial activist Leonard Leo, are pushing this agenda forward and forcing it on the American people. This hearing is just the first step.