RiskWatch: Mellissa Duru Discusses ESG Role in SEC’s Policy Agenda


With the Securities Regulation Institute’s 49th Annual Conference underway, Vcheck Global’s Seth Harlan speaks with Mellissa Duru, Special Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and former Sr. Special Counsel at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Highlights from this RiskWatch podcast episode include Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) benchmarking standards and disclosures forecasting, tips for starting an ESG program, and the impact of ESG issues on cryptocurrency investment.

Mellissa Duru spent 15 years with the U.S. SEC where she worked as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Kara Stein and served in various policy advisory and transactional roles within the SEC’s divisions of Examinations and Corporation Finance. Immediately preceding her role with Covington, she worked as a cybersecurity legal policy advisor at the SCE with a focus on the financial sector.

01:02 – 03:46 Predictions regarding ESG benchmarking standards

03:52 – 06:50 ESG topics of interest to investors

06:55 – 08:50 Tips for starting an ESG program

08:56 – 10:54 The SEC’s increased presence in the global ESG conversation

11:04 – 13:52 The impact of of ESG issues on cryptocurrency investment



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