2019 saw an unprecedented growth in interest in and consideration for ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues from companies, investors and now government, with the first congressional hearing on ESG issues in the United States held in July. This trend signals a growing recognition that climate change is not only detrimental to our environment, but also to our economic system, and that many issues that were once considered non-financial are now seen as financially material. Corporate disclosure is key to understanding risks and their corresponding exposures and opportunities. Ceres CEO and President Mindy Lubber discusses why disclosure is so important, what new legislation could mean for companies and how your company can prepare — and lead — in this new age of transparency. From GreenBiz 20.