MSCI Emerging Markets Index

China gets tougher on environmental violations

Date of Release: 
May 11 2016

China imposed stiffer punishments on companies that violated environmental laws last year, according to new research that illustrates Beijing’s growing resolve to push through aspects of a greener social agenda.

The research, conducted by financial index provider MSCI, recorded a near doubling in the cost of environmental penalties on selected companies in 2015 compared with the previous year and a near tripling in the likelihood that punitive action would be taken against offenders.

The study covered 155 Chinese companies that are constituents of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

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