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As at the end of August, FE fundinfo has received European ESG Templates (EETs) for over 94,000 share classes or products from 287 providers. Interesting insight is drawn from the 6000 Article 9 funds as at least 1,500 funds might need to review their Article 9 status.
The principal adverse impact (PAI) on sustainability factors considered by more ESG funds than any others is their underlying companies’ exposure to controversial weapons, closely followed by their involvement in violation of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles.
France’s financial regulator, the AMF, is reported to have announced that it is postponing the incoming requirement under MiFID II and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) for advisers to ask their clients about any sustainability preferences when assessing suitability.
The EET was developed to help with the data provision for the SFDR, which was due to kick in fully on 1 July this year, just ahead of the changes to MiFID II. But now that the level 2 rules for SFDR won’t take effect until 1 January 2023, the order has been reversed and the new MiFID requirements will come in first.