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Understanding Sustainability funds

A growing number of funds are now marketed as being ‘sustainability themed’ or having sustainability related themes (often in addition to ethical, ESG or other SRI strategies). These funds employ many different strategies, methods and ‘lines of thought’.   For most,  sustainability is demonstrably central to their investment proposition (via various policies, themes and research criteria). […]

Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) report published

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (the international network of SIFs, that includes friends at UKSIF and Eurosif) has this week published its biennial global market report covering the period 2016-18 The report shows substantial growth in sustainable and responsible investment assets under management across all areas – with the exception of the EU as a […]

Investment Association to consult on Sustainability and Responsible Investment

The Investment Association announced last week that it is to consult members on Sustainability and Responsible Investment. Their launch release is copied below. The deadline for this consultation is 1 March and although we have already spoken with the IA on this SRI Services plans to respond also. You can download the IA Consultation document here. […]

SRI Services responds to FCA Climate Change and Green Finance Consultation

SRI Services submitted a response to the FCA’s highly welcome consultation on Climate Change and Green Finance (DP18/8) last week. You can read our submission here.   Alternatively – here are our 12 key points that we would like the regulator to formally recognise and act on. The role of investors is central to our ability […]

ESMA MIFID II Sustainability Consultation

The timing may not be ideal, but it is none the less welcome that the EU (ESMA) is consulting on bringing SRI fact finding into the financial advice process following their consultation last year. You can download their paper on this here. Deadline 19 February 2019.  

FCA DP18/8 consultation: Climate Change and Green Finance deadline looming

As mentioned in my blog in October last year the FCA is consulting on climate change and green finance. SRI Services plans to respond to this important paper – both by welcoming it and by responding to those questions that fall within our area of expertise. DP18/8: Climate change and green finance DEADLINE – 31 JANUARY […]

‘Sustainability & Suitability’ SRI event videos

I am delighted to share the videos from our ‘Sustainability and Suitability’ SRI event for those who were unable to attend on the day. Keynote speaker Lord Deben’s climate change speech was a particular highlight.

New PRA report: The Impact of climate change on the UK banking sector

The Bank of England has taken a leadership position on climate change for a number of years. Governor Mark Carney’s ‘Tragedy of the horizons’ speech in 2015 set the scene for how the Bank viewed the issue of climate risk. Their subsequent work on the FSB TCFD framework has put climate change on the agenda for […]

SRI Services welcomes FCAs proposed review on SRI, ESG & ethical concerns

I am running rather late with blogs at the moment as there is so much happening – but felt it important to flag the news that the FCA is looking into the area of ESG/SRI in Q1 2019 – as part of their response to the Law Commission’s  review of Pensions and Social Investment. None […]

Sustainable Finance Initiative – MiFID II suitability requirements – feedback requested

EU proposals to include ESG as part of investment and advice processes. 20 June 2018 Update:   Our published response can be found here. ===== On 24 May 2018 the EU published draft recommendations proposing the inclusion of ESG within the obligatory advice process as part of their ongoing work supporting the growth of Sustainable Finance. Their draft […]

EU proposes action to support sustainable finance

Yesterday was a big day for those of us who care about how investment and financial services impact the world we live in. The following is a direct ‘cut and paste’ version of a press released issued by the European Commission, complete with links. The potential implications of this are very significant for all in […]

Green Finance Taskforce report

The Green Finance Taskforce published a highly significant (100 page) report on 28 March 2018. The report, which aims to help accelerate ‘green finance’ in the UK ,  can be downloaded here. The government landing page introduces the report as follows: “In September 2017, the government asked leading finance expert and former Mayor of London Sir Roger Gifford to chair […]

EU Announces Sustainable Finance Action Plan

On 8 March 2018 the EU published its response to the Sustainable Finance HLEG (High Level Expert Group) report issued in January.  Go to the new EU Sustainable Finance information here. The report is accompanied by an action plan and an event which will be live streamed on 22 March. I am yet to digest the report, however […]

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This has been a long time coming, but happily ESMA has recently (3 May 2019) published the reports that start the process of bringing investment markets into line with the EU’s Climate Action plan through the integration of sustainability and ESG factors throughout the investment chain, including financial advice. The following is ‘cut and paste’ […]