- Under the bill, the SEC’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion would periodically publish best practices for compliance and establish an advisory council to assist in developing “public openness and accessibility” pursuant to another of the bill’s provisions revealed in the press releases.
- Presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) have joined as cosponsors, giving the bill (H.R.1018/S.360) a higher profile, with both making diversity a central issue in their budding presidential campaigns.
- Endorsements from the Council of Institutional Investors and the Chamber of Commerce increase the bill's chances, though no Republicans have signed on or announced support for the bill yet.
Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission updated guidance for companies that choose to disclose self-identified diversity characteristics for Board members and candidates. Under the revision, if the Board considers gender, racial, or similar characteristics of Board members, companies should disclose that fact in the proxy. The updated guidance indicates that the issue also is receiving higher priority at the agency.