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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…

ESG Data Industry Welcomes Latest UK Disclosure Guidance

New ESG data recommendations by the UK’s accounting watchdog have been welcomed by leading data providers and users, who said the guidance provides a clear pathway to better sustainability disclosures. The Financial Reporting Council’s FRC Lab said its guidance on the production of ESG data was necessary because the sustainability data space was “less mature”…

UK Offers ESG Reporting Guidance to Financial Institutions

The UK’s accounting overseer has issued the first set of guidelines on gathering, using and reporting ESG data. The Financial Reporting Council’s initial report focuses on producing better data to improve decision making among financial institutions. Describing the ESG data landscape as “complex” and “with challenges”, the report offers solutions to overcoming these shortcomings.

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…

VRF and SASB Amalgamated into IFRS Foundation

The unification of ESG reporting standards took a further step this week when the Value Reporting Foundation, one of the early innovators in setting ESG disclosure guidance and founder of the Integrated Reporting Framework (IRF) and SASB Standards, was amalgamated into the IFRS Foundation. Their functions will continue within the International Sustainability Standards Board, which…

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…

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…

Recorded Webinar: Managing data governance for ESG

Volumes of ESG data continue to rise, standards and metrics are emerging, and financial institutions must manoeuvre through the maze to source, manage and make best use of ESG data to meet increasing client demand for sustainable investment. They must also adhere to emerging regulations, avoid greenwashing, and integrate ESG data – both structured and…

Fenergo Brings KYC Processes to the aid of ESG Reporting

Fenergo has released a software-as-a-service regulatory and risk product designed to bring smaller businesses within the reach of ESG reporting frameworks, potentially closing gaps in supply chain sustainability data. Two years in the making, the Dublin-based company’s latest product will provide its financial clients with the infrastructure to gather and compile sustainability data in a…

Broadridge SFDR Solution Takes EET Closer to Universal Use

European ESG Templates (EETs) are fast becoming the go-to means for companies to report their sustainability performances. The digital documents that provide a means for firms to comply with the European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) form the basis of a growing number of reporting solutions. One of the most recent, by Broadridge Financial…