FE fundinfo Regulatory Manager, Mikkel Bates discusses the latest updates to ESG regulations in the EU and UK, how these will impact fund managers and how disclosure requirements aim to combat greenwashing.
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.