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EU ESG consultations – SFDR & Disclosure

June 19th, 2020

Introduction

The EU has a raft of consultations ongoing aimed at driving  investment to be more focused on sustainability.

I am yet to give these the time they deserve, but to help you keep up to date here are some thoughts and links you may like to digest…

  • Although their work on sustainable finance has been criticised by some the scale and ambition of their work in this field is clear. It is market leading, ground breaking and granular – which is what many had called for.
  • Their activity stems from concerns about climate change and its impact on people and the planet. The proposed changes aim to make the Paris Climate target achievable so that related risks can be reduced.
  • The magnitude of the ‘wave’ that will hit financial services  is massive: complex, complicated and potentially game changing both for those that truly understand sustainable investment those who do not.  (A recent @UKSIF seminar referred to it as ‘bigger than MIFID’)
  • How this will effect the UK remains unknown, but given gov.UK are keen to be seen as leaders in this area it is clear that of the three broad options open to the UK:  (1) adopt EU rules or something very similar, (2) go above and beyond EU rules,  (3) ignore or substantially water down what the EU is doing) the third apparently seems to be the least likely.
  • Areas impacted include asset management, benchmarks, intermediaries
  • Responses to this consultation are requested by 1 September 2020
  • The FCA is also currently exploring this area so please feed any comments you may have to UKSIF or myself.

Introducing SFDR – To read the full text on this please go to  https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2019/2088/oj

Key  / potentially key areas include the following:

 

9.12.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 317/1


REGULATION (EU) 2019/2088 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 27 November 2019

on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector

(Text with EEA relevance)

Article 1

Subject matter

This Regulation lays down harmonised rules for financial market participants and financial advisers on transparency with regard to the integration of sustainability risks and the consideration of adverse sustainability impacts in their processes and the provision of sustainability‐related information with respect to financial products.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions apply:

(1)

‘financial market participant’ means:

(a)

an insurance undertaking which makes available an insurance‐based investment product (IBIP);

(b)

an investment firm which provides portfolio management;

(c)

an institution for occupational retirement provision (IORP);

(d)

a manufacturer of a pension product;

(e)

an alternative investment fund manager (AIFM);

(f)

a pan‐European personal pension product (PEPP) provider;

(g)

a manager of a qualifying venture capital fund registered in accordance with Article 14 of Regulation (EU) No 345/2013;

(h)

a manager of a qualifying social entrepreneurship fund registered in accordance with Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 346/2013;

(i)

a management company of an undertaking for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS management company); or

(j)

a credit institution which provides portfolio management;

 

(text omitted between sections – see link for full document)

 

(10)

‘UCITS management company’ means:

(a)

a management company as defined in point (b) of Article 2(1) of Directive 2009/65/EC; or

(b)

an investment company authorised in accordance with Directive 2009/65/EC which has not designated a management company authorised under that Directive for its management;

(11)

financial adviser’ means:

(a)

an insurance intermediary which provides insurance advice with regard to IBIPs;

(b)

an insurance undertaking which provides insurance advice with regard to IBIPs;

(c)

a credit institution which provides investment advice;

(d)

an investment firm which provides investment advice;

(e)

an AIFM which provides investment advice in accordance with point (b)(i) of Article 6(4) of Directive 2011/61/EU; or

(f)

a UCITS management company which provides investment advice in accordance with point (b)(i) of Article 6(3) of Directive 2009/65/EC;

(12)

‘financial product’ means:

(a)

a portfolio managed in accordance with point (6) of this Article;

(b)

an alternative investment fund (AIF);

(c)

an IBIP;

(d)

a pension product;

(e)

a pension scheme;

(f)

a UCITS; or

(g)

a PEPP;

(text omitted between sections – see link for full document)

Article 3

Transparency of sustainability risk policies

1.   Financial market participants shall publish on their websites information about their policies on the integration of sustainability risks in their investment decision‐making process.

2.   Financial advisers shall publish on their websites information about their policies on the integration of sustainability risks in their investment advice or insurance advice.

Article 4

Transparency of adverse sustainability impacts at entity level

1.   Financial market participants shall publish and maintain on their websites:

(a)

where they consider principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors, a statement on due diligence policies with respect to those impacts, taking due account of their size, the nature and scale of their activities and the types of financial products they make available; or

(b)

where they do not consider adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors, clear reasons for why they do not do so, including, where relevant, information as to whether and when they intend to consider such adverse impacts.

2.   Financial market participants shall include in the information provided in accordance with point (a) of paragraph 1 at least the following:

(a)

information about their policies on the identification and prioritisation of principal adverse sustainability impacts and indicators;

(b)

a description of the principal adverse sustainability impacts and of any actions in relation thereto taken or, where relevant, planned;

(c)

brief summaries of engagement policies in accordance with Article 3g of Directive 2007/36/EC, where applicable;

(d)

a reference to their adherence to responsible business conduct codes and internationally recognised standards for due diligence and reporting and, where relevant, the degree of their alignment with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

3.   By way of derogation from paragraph 1, from 30 June 2021, financial market participants exceeding on their balance sheet dates the criterion of the average number of 500 employees during the financial year shall publish and maintain on their websites a statement on their due diligence policies with respect to the principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors. That statement shall at least include the information referred to in paragraph 2.

4.   By way of derogation from paragraph 1 of this Article, from 30 June 2021, financial market participants which are parent undertakings of a large group as referred to in Article 3(7) of Directive 2013/34/EU exceeding on the balance sheet date of the group, on a consolidated basis, the criterion of the average number of 500 employees during the financial year shall publish and maintain on their websites a statement on their due diligence policies with respect to the principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors. That statement shall at least include the information referred to in of paragraph 2.

5.   Financial advisers shall publish and maintain on their websites:

(a)

information as to whether, taking due account of their size, the nature and scale of their activities and the types of financial products they advise on, they consider in their investment advice or insurance advice the principal adverse impacts on sustainability factors; or

(b)

information as to why they do not to consider adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors in their investment advice or insurance advice, and, where relevant, including information as to whether and when they intend to consider such adverse impacts.

6.   By 30 December 2020, the ESAs shall develop, through the Joint Committee, draft regulatory technical standards in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010 on the content, methodologies and presentation of information referred to in paragraphs 1 to 5 of this Article in respect of the sustainability indicators in relation to adverse impacts on the climate and other environment‐related adverse impacts.

The ESAs shall, where relevant, seek input from the European Environment Agency and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Power is delegated to the Commission to supplement this Regulation by adopting the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010.

7.   By 30 December 2021, the ESAs shall develop, through the Joint Committee, draft regulatory technical standards in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010 on the content, methodologies and presentation of information referred to in paragraphs 1 to 5 of this Article in respect of sustainability indicators in relation to adverse impacts in the field of social and employee matters, respect for human rights, anti‐corruption and anti‐bribery matters.

Power is delegated to the Commission to supplement this Regulation by adopting the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 5

Transparency of remuneration policies in relation to the integration of sustainability risks

1.   Financial market participants and financial advisers shall include in their remuneration policies information on how those policies are consistent with the integration of sustainability risks, and shall publish that information on their websites.

2.   The information referred to in paragraph 1 shall be included in remuneration policies that financial market participants and financial advisers are required to establish and maintain in accordance with sectoral legislation, in particular Directives 2009/65/EC, 2009/138/EC, 2011/61/EU, 2013/36/EU, 2014/65/EU, (EU) 2016/97 and (EU) 2016/2341.

Article 6

Transparency of the integration of sustainability risks

1.   Financial market participants shall include descriptions of the following in pre‐contractual disclosures:

(a)

the manner in which sustainability risks are integrated into their investment decisions; and

(b)

the results of the assessment of the likely impacts of sustainability risks on the returns of the financial products they make available.

Where financial market participants deem sustainability risks not to be relevant, the descriptions referred to in the first subparagraph shall include a clear and concise explanation of the reasons therefor.

2.   Financial advisers shall include descriptions of the following in pre‐contractual disclosures:

(a)

the manner in which sustainability risks are integrated into their investment or insurance advice; and

(b)

the result of the assessment of the likely impacts of sustainability risks on the returns of the financial products they advise on.

Where financial advisers deem sustainability risks not to be relevant, the descriptions referred to in the first subparagraph shall include a clear and concise explanation of the reasons therefor.

3.   The information referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article shall be disclosed in the following manner:

(a)

for AIFMs, in the disclosures to investors referred to in Article 23(1) of Directive 2011/61/EU;

(b)

for insurance undertakings, in the provision of information referred to in Article 185(2) of Directive 2009/138/EC or, where relevant, in accordance with Article 29(1) of Directive (EU) 2016/97;

(c)

for IORPs, in the provision of information referred to in Article 41 of Directive (EU) 2016/2341;

(d)

for managers of qualifying venture capital funds, in the provision of information referred to in Article 13(1) of Regulation (EU) No 345/2013;

(e)

for managers of qualifying social entrepreneurship funds, in the provision of information referred to in Article 14(1) of Regulation (EU) No 346/2013;

(f)

for manufacturers of pension products, in writing in good time before a retail investor is bound by a contract relating to a pension product;

(g)

for UCITS management companies, in the prospectus referred to in Article 69 of Directive 2009/65/EC;

(h)

for investment firms which provide portfolio management or provide investment advice, in accordance with Article 24(4) of Directive 2014/65/EU;

(i)

for credit institutions which provide portfolio management or provide investment advice, in accordance with Article 24(4) of Directive 2014/65/EU;

(j)

for insurance intermediaries and insurance undertakings which provide insurance advice with regard to IBIPs and for insurance intermediaries which provide insurance advice with regard to pension products exposed to market fluctuations, in accordance with Article 29(1) of Directive (EU) 2016/97;

(k)

for AIFMs of ELTIFs, in the prospectus referred to in Article 23 of Regulation (EU) 2015/760;

(l)

for PEPP providers, in the PEPP key information document referred to in Article 26 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1238.

Article 7

Transparency of adverse sustainability impacts at financial product level

1.   By 30 December 2022, for each financial product where a financial market participant applies point (a) of Article 4(1) or Article 4(3) or (4), the disclosures referred to in Article 6(3) shall include the following:

(a)

a clear and reasoned explanation of whether, and, if so, how a financial product considers principal adverse impacts on sustainability factors;

(b)

a statement that information on principal adverse impacts on sustainability factors is available in the information to be disclosed pursuant to Article 11(2).

Where information in Article 11(2) includes quantifications of principal adverse impacts on sustainability factors, that information may rely on the provisions of the regulatory technical standards adopted pursuant to Article 4(6) and (7).

2.   Where a financial market participant applies point (b) of Article 4(1), the disclosures referred to in Article 6(3) shall include for each financial product a statement that the financial market participant does not consider the adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors and the reasons therefor.

Article 8

Transparency of the promotion of environmental or social characteristics in pre‐contractual disclosures

1.   Where a financial product promotes, among other characteristics, environmental or social characteristics, or a combination of those characteristics, provided that the companies in which the investments are made follow good governance practices, the information to be disclosed pursuant to Article 6(1) and (3) shall include the following:

(a)

information on how those characteristics are met;

(b)

if an index has been designated as a reference benchmark, information on whether and how this index is consistent with those characteristics.

2.   Financial market participants shall include in the information to be disclosed pursuant to Article 6(1) and (3) an indication of where the methodology used for the calculation of the index referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article is to be found.

3.   The ESAs shall, through the Joint Committee, develop draft regulatory technical standards to specify the details of the presentation and content of the information to be disclosed pursuant to this Article.

When developing the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph, the ESAs shall take into account the various types of financial products, their characteristics and the differences between them, as well as the objective that disclosures are to be accurate, fair, clear, not misleading, simple and concise.

The ESAs shall submit the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph to the Commission by 30 December 2020.

Power is delegated to the Commission to supplement this Regulation by adopting the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 9

Transparency of sustainable investments in pre‐contractual disclosures

1.   Where a financial product has sustainable investment as its objective and an index has been designated as a reference benchmark, the information to be disclosed pursuant to Article 6(1) and (3) shall be accompanied by the following:

(a)

information on how the designated index is aligned with that objective;

(b)

an explanation as to why and how the designated index aligned with that objective differs from a broad market index.

2.   Where a financial product has sustainable investment as its objective and no index has been designated as a reference benchmark, the information to be disclosed pursuant to Article 6(1) and (3) shall include an explanation on how that objective is to be attained.

3.   Where a financial product has a reduction in carbon emissions as its objective, the information to be disclosed pursuant to Article 6(1) and (3) shall include the objective of low carbon emission exposure in view of achieving the long‐term global warming objectives of the Paris Agreement.

By way of derogation from paragraph 2 of this Article, where no EU Climate Transition Benchmark or EU Paris‐aligned Benchmark in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (20) is available, the information referred to in Article 6 shall include a detailed explanation of how the continued effort of attaining the objective of reducing carbon emissions is ensured in view of achieving the long‐term global warming objectives of the Paris Agreement.

4.   Financial market participants shall include in the information to be disclosed pursuant to Article 6(1) and (3) an indication of where the methodology used for the calculation of the indices referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article and the benchmarks referred to in the second subparagraph of paragraph 3 of this Article are to be found.

5.   The ESAs shall, through the Joint Committee, develop draft regulatory technical standards to specify the details of the presentation and content of the information to be disclosed pursuant to this Article.

When developing the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph of this paragraph, the ESAs shall take into account the various types of financial products, their objectives as referred to in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 and the differences between them as well as the objective that disclosures are to be accurate, fair, clear, not misleading, simple and concise.

The ESAs shall submit the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph to the Commission by 30 December 2020.

Power is delegated to the Commission to supplement this Regulation by adopting the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 10

Transparency of the promotion of environmental or social characteristics and of sustainable investments on websites

1.   Financial market participants shall publish and maintain on their websites the following information for each financial product referred to in Article 8(1) and Article 9(1), (2) and (3):

(a)

a description of the environmental or social characteristics or the sustainable investment objective;

(b)

information on the methodologies used to assess, measure and monitor the environmental or social characteristics or the impact of the sustainable investments selected for the financial product, including its data sources, screening criteria for the underlying assets and the relevant sustainability indicators used to measure the environmental or social characteristics or the overall sustainable impact of the financial product;

(c)

the information referred to in Articles 8 and 9;

(d)

the information referred to in Article 11.

The information to be disclosed pursuant to the first subparagraph shall be clear, succinct and understandable to investors. It shall be published in a way that is accurate, fair, clear, not misleading, simple and concise and in a prominent easily accessible area of the website.

2.   The ESAs shall, through the Joint Committee, develop draft regulatory technical standards to specify the details of the content of the information referred to in points (a) and (b) of the first subparagraph of paragraph 1, and the presentation requirements referred to in the second subparagraph of that paragraph.

When developing the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph of this paragraph, the ESAs shall take into account the various types of financial products, their characteristics and objectives as referred to in paragraph 1 and the differences between them. The ESAs shall update the regulatory technical standards in the light of regulatory and technological developments.

The ESAs shall submit the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph to the Commission by 30 December 2020.

Power is delegated to the Commission to supplement this Regulation by adopting the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 11

Transparency of the promotion of environmental or social characteristics and of sustainable investments in periodic reports

1.   Where financial market participants make available a financial product as referred to in Article 8(1) or in Article 9(1), (2) or (3), they shall include a description of the following in periodic reports:

(a)

for a financial product as referred to in Article 8(1), the extent to which environmental or social characteristics are met;

(b)

for a financial product as referred to in Article 9(1), (2) or (3):

(i)

the overall sustainability‐related impact of the financial product by means of relevant sustainability indicators; or

(ii)

where an index has been designated as a reference benchmark, a comparison between the overall sustainability‐related impact of the financial product with the impacts of the designated index and of a broad market index through sustainability indicators.

2.   The information referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall be disclosed in the following manner:

(a)

for AIFMs, in the annual report referred to in Article 22 of Directive 2011/61/EU;

(b)

for insurance undertakings, annually in writing in accordance with Article 185(6) of Directive 2009/138/EC;

(c)

for IORPs, in the annual report referred to in Article 29 of Directive (EU) 2016/2341;

(d)

for managers of qualifying venture capital funds, in the annual report referred to in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 345/2013;

(e)

for managers of qualifying social entrepreneurship funds, in the annual report referred to in Article 13 of Regulation (EU) No 346/2013;

(f)

for manufacturers of pension products, in writing in the annual report or in a report in accordance with national law;

(g)

for UCITS management companies, in the annual report referred to in Article 69 of Directive 2009/65/EC;

(h)

for investment firms which provide portfolio management, in a periodic report as referred to in Article 25(6) of Directive 2014/65/EU;

(i)

for credit institutions which provide portfolio management, in a periodic report as referred to in Article 25(6) of Directive 2014/65/EU;

(j)

for PEPP providers, in the PEPP Benefit Statement referred to in Article 36 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1238.

3.   For the purposes of paragraph 1 of this Article, financial market participants may use the information in management reports in accordance with Article 19 of Directive 2013/34/EU or the information in non‐financial statements in accordance with Article 19a of that Directive where appropriate.

4.   The ESAs shall, through the Joint Committee, develop draft regulatory technical standards to specify the details of the content and presentation of information referred to in paragraph 1.

When developing the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph, the ESAs shall take into account the various types of financial products, their characteristics and objectives and the differences between them. The ESAs shall update the regulatory technical standards in the light of regulatory and technological developments.

The ESAs shall submit the draft regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph to the Commission by 30 December 2020.

Power is delegated to the Commission to supplement this Regulation by adopting the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 12

Review of disclosures

1.   Financial market participants shall ensure that any information published in accordance with Article 3, 5 or 10 is kept up to date. Where a financial market participant amends such information, a clear explanation of such amendment shall be published on the same website.

2.   Paragraph 1 shall apply mutatis mutandis to financial advisers with regard to any information published in accordance with Articles 3 and 5.

Article 13

Marketing communications

1.   Without prejudice to stricter sectoral legislation, in particular Directives 2009/65/EC, 2014/65/EU and (EU) 2016/97 and Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014, financial market participants and financial advisers shall ensure that their marketing communications do not contradict the information disclosed pursuant to this Regulation.

2.   The ESAs may develop, through the Joint Committee, draft implementing technical standards to determine the standard presentation of information on the promotion of environmental or social characteristics and sustainable investments.

Power is delegated to the Commission to adopt the implementing technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Article 15 of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, (EU) No 1094/2010 and (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 14

Competent authorities

1.   Member States shall ensure that the competent authorities designated in accordance with sectoral legislation, in particular the sectoral legislation referred to in Article 6(3) of this Regulation, and in accordance with Directive 2013/36/EU, monitor the compliance of financial market participants and financial advisers with the requirements of this Regulation. The competent authorities shall have all the supervisory and investigatory powers that are necessary for the exercise of their functions under this Regulation.

2.   For the purposes of this Regulation, the competent authorities shall cooperate with each other and shall provide each other, without undue delay, with such information as is relevant for the purposes of carrying out their duties under this Regulation.

Article 15

Transparency by IORPs and insurance intermediaries

1.   IORPs shall publish and maintain the information referred to in Articles 3 to 7 and the first subparagraph of Article 10(1), of this Regulation in accordance with point (f) of Article 36(2) of Directive (EU) 2016/2341.

2.   Insurance intermediaries shall communicate the information referred to in Article 3, Article 4(5), Article 5, Article 6 and the first subparagraph of Article 10(1), of this Regulation in accordance with Article 23 of Directive (EU) 2016/97.

Article 16

Pension products covered by Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 and (EC) No 987/2009

1.   Member States may decide to apply this Regulation to manufacturers of pension products operating national social security schemes which are covered by Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 and (EC) No 987/2009. In such cases, manufacturers of pension products as referred to in point (1)(d) of Article 2 of this Regulation shall include manufacturers of pension products operating national social security schemes and of pension products referred to in point (8) of Article 2 of this Regulation. In such case, the definition of pension product in point (8) of Article 2 of this Regulation shall be deemed to include the pension products referred to in the first sentence.

2.   Member States shall notify the Commission and the ESAs of any decision taken pursuant to paragraph…

Additional text follows please go to: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2019/2088/oj

 

The press release of 23 April entitled ‘ESAS CONSULT ON ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE DISCLOSURE RULES’  has links to the relevant consultation – the first few paragraphs of which are copied below:

 

The three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – ESAs) have today issued a Consultation Paper seeking input on proposed environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure standards for financial market participants, advisers and products.

These standards have been developed under the EU Regulation on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (SFDR), aiming to:

–           strengthen protection for end-investors;

–          improve the disclosures to investors from a broad range of financial market participants and financial advisers; and

–          improve the disclosures to investors regarding financial products.

The SFDR empowers the ESAs to develop Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on the content, methodology and presentation of ESG disclosures both at entity level and at product level. In addition, the consultation paper contains proposals under the recently agreed Regulation on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (Taxonomy Regulation), on the do not significantly harm (DNSH) principle.

Entity-level principal adverse impact disclosures

The principal adverse impacts that investment decisions have on sustainability factors should be disclosed on the website of the entity, and the proposals set out rules for how this public disclosure should be done. The disclosure should take the form of a statement on due diligence policies with respect to the adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors, showing how investments adversely impact indicators in relation to

–          climate and the environment; and

–          social and employee matters, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters.

The ESAs have included draft indicators for adverse impacts, based on consultations with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.

Product level ESG disclosures

The sustainability characteristics or objectives of financial products should be disclosed in their  pre-contractual and periodic documentation and on their website. The proposals included in the draft RTS indicate the rules for how this disclosure should be carried out, ensuring transparency to investors regarding how products meet their sustainability characteristics or objectives. They also set out the additional disclosures that should be provided by products that have designated an index as a reference benchmark.

Finally, the product level proposals set out suggested provisions for disclosing how a product based on sustainable investments complies with the DNSH principle.

Next steps

The ESAs welcome feedback to this consultation by 1 September 2020.  Following the close of the consultation the draft RTS will be finalised and submitted to the European Commission.

….

 

(See link above for continued text)

 

  • https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2019/2088/oj
  • https://www.simmons-simmons.com/en/publications/ck6tebyfu23b30937xukyszhi/the-eu-disclosures-regulation-key-requirements-for-asset-managers
  • https://www.regulationtomorrow.com/eu/european-commission-sets-out-sustainability-criteria-for-benchmarks/
  • https://www.regulationtomorrow.com/eu/commission-publishes-draft-delegated-acts-on-the-introduction-of-esg-considerations/

 

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