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Upcoming Webinar: How to manage ESG data for controversy monitoring and portfolio screening

Date: 18 October 2022 Time: 4:00pm Singapore / 9:00am London / 10:00am CET / 4:00am ET Duration: 50 minutes ESG controversy monitoring identifies companies’ posing potential ESG controversies such as toxic waste spills or human rights violations, and portfolio screening helps investors understand companies based on ESG criteria – both these issues are increasingly important…

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…

A-Team Group-Partnered Publication Looks into the FinTech Crystal Ball

Charting the digitalisation of the financial industry is the beating heart of what we do at A-Team Group. And we are delighted and proud to have had the opportunity to take our messaging further, for the first time co-producing a special supplement on the Future of Finance in a major British national newspaper. The “Future…

Regulators and Anti-ESG Forces Put Data Providers Under Spotlight

ESG data providers have every right to feel under attack. On one side are the regulators, who have made it clear they plan to keep companies like MSCI, Sustainalytics and SIX under their gaze amid concern that assets and funds are being greenwashed. More recently, however, anguished cries of foul play have come from conservative…

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…

MiFID ESG Requirements go Live, Compliance Caution Urged

The ESG reporting requirement under the amended Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) came into effect this week, with warnings from some market participants that the new regulation would add more costs and challenges to compliance teams. Financial infrastructure and data provider SIX, however, said the obligations needn’t overwhelm firms. “Regulatory complacency is unwise…

UK Turns Focus on ESG Data for Pension Funds

Pension fund managers and asset owners in the UK have become the focus of a number of government initiatives to address ESG data challenges facing the industry. The most recent is a taskforce set up by the nation’s Department for Work and Pensions that aims to identify reliable data and metrics on social factors affecting…

Latest MiFID Update Adds to Firms’ ESG Challenges

Manufacturers of financial products are racing to complete their first ESG disclosures under MiFID II. While the amendment to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive was announced in April last year, the fact that this latest regulation comes into force when the next iteration of Europe’s broader sustainability law is just around the corner has…

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…