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Could do Better: Year-End ESG Data Reports Offer Mixed Picture

The growing importance of ESG to the financial system was reflected this year in a greater push among investors and asset managers to address challenges in the data and reporting environment. Several end-of-year snapshots of the ESG sector paint a picture of greater engagement by the financial community in the sources and quality of the…

A-Team Group Names Winners of ESG Insight Awards

A-Team Group announced the winners of its inaugural ESG Insight Awards today. The awards recognise both established solution vendors and innovative newcomers providing leading ESG solutions, services and consultancy to capital markets participants. The awards included over 20 categories of ESG solutions ranging from Best ESG risk data provider to Best overall ESG data provider,…

Apex Offers EU Taxonomy Alignment Product

Clients of global financial services provider Apex Group now have access to a new European Union Taxonomy product, which enables investors to assess their portfolios’ alignment with the sustainability classification guideline. The four-step process will give financial clients the opportunity to identify which of their investments are sustainable, manage data collection on the taxonomy’s strict…

Progress in Taxonomy and Standards Alignment Hampered by Data Gaps

Financial institutions and corporations are pressing on with efforts to align with ESG taxonomies and there is confidence that reporting rules introduced in recent years are bringing more private companies into the fold. But more than two years after the European Union’s “green” Taxonomy was implemented experts say there are still yawning gaps in the…

Recorded Webinar: Progress and challenges in taxonomy and standards setting for ESG

Volumes of investment in ESG products continue to rise, regulators around the world are putting rules in place, and the EU has, perhaps, first mover advantage with both ESG regulation and a taxonomy in place. This is significant progress in a relatively uncharted market, yet significant challenges remain for financial market participants keen to make…

UK’s FCA Says it’s Concerned About ESG Benchmark Providers

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has told providers of ESG benchmarks that it will toughen its scrutiny of the sector, saying it has concerns about the way the gauges are compiled. Director of infrastructure and exchanges Edwin Schooling Latter told chiefs of the compilers of his concerns in a “Dear CEO” letter.

Liquidnet Joins Sustainable Trading

Liquidnet, the technology-driven agency execution specialist, has become a member of Sustainable Trading, the non-profit membership network launched earlier this year, dedicated to transforming environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices within the financial markets trading industry. Sustainable Trading brings firms together to devise practical and sustainable solutions to industry-specific ESG issues, as well as providing…

EU Taxonomy Posing Data Challenge to Corporates and Financial Firms

Two years since its publication, the European Union’s Taxonomy remains a milestone in sustainable investment standards. Part of the EU’s Green Deal to direct private finance towards the projects that can slow global warming and alleviate its impacts, the Taxonomy is designed to provide benchmarks on what can be considered a green or sustainable economic…

EFAMA Supports Move Towards Global Reporting Standards

Europe’s asset management industry has backed calls for globally aligned sustainability reporting standards. The call from the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) came in a written response to a position paper from the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) of private companies. It said that investors can only help bring about zero-emissions strategies…

Data is Holding Back ESG Sleeping Giant Africa

Africa is shaking off its reputation as an ESG backwater. Major index compilers now offer ESG equities indexes, governments are encoding sustainable finance regulations and green investments are rolling in. Holding back the development of a flourishing sustainable finance market in this ESG sleeping giant, however, is the absence of good quality ESG data. While…