The asset management industry recognises the much-needed adoption of mandatory European sustainability reporting standards under the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) proposal. Insufficient availability of meaningful, comparable, reliable, and public Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data is a key impediment to realising the full potential of the EU's sustainable finance regulatory framework. Financial market participants' sustainable investments need to be driven by real, verifiable and reported ESG metrics of company's activities and financial risks.
The asset management industry plays a key role in meeting the objectives of the European Green Deal to make the EU’s economy sustainable. Our members integrate ESG considerations across their risk management processes and investment decisions. They develop sustainable investment products and foster transparency to fight greenwashing. This increases choice, trust and, in turn, retail investors’ participation. Overall, such efforts mobilise capital towards a fair and just transition to a climate-neutral economy by 2050.
EFAMA actively contributes to the development and implementation of EU’s sustainable finance initiatives. Among them are a comprehensive transparency framework for financial market participants, standards and labels for green financial products, classification of green economic activities and policies enhancing corporate sustainability reporting.
Position on the scope of CSRD and the interplay with SFDR
IOSCO´s consultation on ESG ratings and data products providers
Given the increasingly important role ESG ratings and data products providers play in investment processes, EFAMA welcomes the increased attention of regulators to this issue. In light of the growing regulatory scrutiny on the ESG characteristics of potential investments, improving the usability and reliability of the ESG ratings and data products is a key priority for the European asset management industry.
EU needs a usable, investor-centric and globally relevant social taxonomy
EFAMA responded to a public consultation of the Platform on Sustainable Finance on a social taxonomy.
EFAMA Asset Management Report 2022
EFAMA's latest edition of its 'Asset Management in Europe' report provides an in-depth analysis of recent trends, focusing on where investments funds and discretionary mandates are managed in Europe.
The asset management sector is a crucial one for the European economy, with a key role to play in financing the green transition:
World Investor Week: a webinar on Sustainable Finance Literacy
The market for ESG ratings should be transparent and competitive | Market Insights | Issue # 11
EFAMA has released today a new issue of its Market Insights series titled “ESG ratings of Article 8 and 9 funds: assessing the current market and policy recommendations for the future”. This research was motivated by the development of the market for ESG ratings against the backdrop of a growing demand for Article 8 and 9 funds, two ESG-related fund categories introduced by the Sustainability Financial Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
EFAMA Annual Review 2020-2021
It gives me great pleasure to provide you with an overview of our activities since our Ordinary General Meeting of last year.
Market Insights | Issue #4 | ESG investing in the UCITS market: a powerful and inexorable trend
The report looks at the major trends in the ESG UCITS market, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the behaviour of ESG and non-ESG funds.
EFAMA Market Insights | Issue# 3 | Sustainable Investment in the European Asset Management Industry
For this Market Insights, EFAMA collaborated with its member associations and strategy consultants at INDEFI to estimate the level and nature of ESG investment by European asset managers at the end of 2019, distinguishing between the ESG strategies applied at the firm level and those applied at the level of individual fund and discretionary mandate. The assets under management covered in the report include EUR 12.5 trillion of investment fund assets and EUR 11.4 trillion of mandate assets.*