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SFDR Compliance to Remain a Struggle for Many Companies

The European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) is still posing challenges for companies six months after its partial introduction. And with its next stage of implementation just a couple of months away for some companies, full compliance is likely to be difficult to achieve, according to a panel of ESG professionals on a recent…

New TCFD Reporting Guideline Updates Welcomed

The first update to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures’ (TCFD) guidelines since their drafting in 2017 has been welcomed across the ESG ecosystem as an important step in bringing clarity and rigour to corporate disclosures. The new measures were published with the TCFD’s latest annual status report, which showed that the number of…

Level 2 SFDR ESG Disclosure Requirements are on the Horizon – Is Your Organisation Ready to Comply?

The EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) is central to the European drive towards a sustainable financial market. It is also complicated and multi-faceted, and makes rigorous demands on financial firms to source large volumes of ESG data and meet numerous reporting obligations. Key elements of disclosure include sustainability risk, principle adverse impacts, and a…

‘Light Bulb’ Moment Looms for Data Reporting, Says Solidatus

The financial data industry is experiencing an ESG “lightbulb moment” as regulators and financial institutions get to grips with challenges facing corporate disclosure and data quality, according to Solidatus. The recent introduction of the EU’s SFDR and, probably more importantly, the Bank of England’s stress tests of lenders’ climate risks are likely to prove a…

Lack of Reporting Holds Back Efficient Data Services, Campaign Says

ESG data providers are being prevented from fully servicing the needs of their investor customers by a lack of sustainability information being freely given by companies, according to a campaigning economist. Eoin Fahy, Head of Responsible Investing and Chief Economist at KBI Global Investors is among 11 signatories of a letter sent to UK minister…

ESG Data Sector Optimistic About Meeting Investor Demand for Greater Portfolio Transparency

The growing hunger for information on investment portfolio’ ESG positions will lead to much-needed improvements in data quality, analytics and, ultimately, levels of disclosure. That was the message from leading market participants at A-Team Group’s ESG Insight briefing this week, which took a snapshot of the sector at a pivotal time for corporate responsibility, as…

Video: ESG is Too Big to Fail

In this video, Tanya Seajay, CEO and founder of Orenda, a SIX company, talks to ESG Insight editor Mark McCord about the need to build trust in ESG investing. While there is no shortage of data, the challenges are in sourcing the right data, managing the data supply chain, delivering transparency, and considering how AI…

Practical Data Strategies for meeting ESG Obligations in Financial Services

The ESG investing landscape is poised to become more defined, as competing definitions, standards and regulatory initiatives start to converge. The impact of ESG will be felt far and wide across the financial services community, which will face practical challenges in developing and implementing an ESG strategy that is both effective and avoids box-ticking –…

Introducing ESG Insight… Your New Source of Data and Technology News for ESG initiatives

By Angela Wilbraham, CEO, A-Team Group. Welcome to ESG Insight, the brand new publication from A-Team Group. If you already know us, you’ll know that we’ve been tracking data and technology across the front- to back-office in capital markets for over 20 years now. It has become clear to us that the biggest (and possibly best) development…

Green Data – Searching for ESG Data and Helping Define ESG Data Standards

By Janine Hofer-Wittwer, senior product manager, SIX Financial Information. Global adoption of ESG strategies by investors and corporations has risen astronomically in recent years. The overall value of assets under management at funds leveraging ESG data has increased significantly, from US$22.9 trillion in 2016 to US$40.5 trillion in 2020, according to data from Opimas. It…