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U.S. securities regulator creates task force to target ESG misconduct

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WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formed a task force within its enforcement division to examine misconduct related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards as the top securities regulator ramps up a focus on climate and other hot-button issues.

The SEC has deployed a specialized team of 22 people that will focus on disclosures from public companies related to issues such as climate change, investment-advisor activities and funds dedicated to ESG investments, the agency said in a statement on Thursday. (Reporting by Chris Prentice Editing by Chris Reese )