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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…

It All Comes Out in the Wash: Why Clean ESG Data is Key

By Kifaya Belkaaloul, Head of Regulatory, NeoXam. As ESG investing becomes a vital offering for financial institutions, there has been a marked rise in marketing efforts of these capabilities and subsequently an increase in accusations of greenwashing. Current allegations against DWS, Deutsche Bank’s funds arm, are gaining a head of steam, demonstrated by the resignation…

SFDR Seen Helping to Fill ESG Data Gaps

The European Union’s wide-ranging ESG regulation has imposed in financial institutions, huge data gathering responsibilities, many of which are a challenge to meet. But the requirements of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation are expected to actually help solve some of the challenges that currently make compliance difficult. In particular, SFDR is seen as a galvanising…

Recorded Webinar: Approaches to ESG data for the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)

The EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) outlines extensive rules designed to ensure transparency across sustainable financial markets. It also demands huge volumes of non-financial ESG data to be sourced, managed and governed, some of which is difficult to find, and much of which is unstructured and of variable quality. The data challenge is exacerbated…