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We've had quite a bit of discussion regarding the divergence in ESG standards and whether voluntary disclosure of ESG figures makes any actual difference. Blackrock CEO Larry Fink is pushing a convergence of ESG standards into a single, unified framework. We could have such a framework within the next 12 to 24 months, says Janine Guillot, head of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), one of the most popular ESG standards in the world today. That should be good news for large firms, which already report detailed metrics. And it might weed out bad actors which have been capitalizing on the ESG craze in the markets. But the piece does not discuss the case of developing countries, like India and China, where formulation and enforcement of ESG is a challenge due to a variety of factors. 

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