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.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations play a crucial role in asset managers' investment decisions for several reasons:
Today, the European Commission has released their proposal for a regulation on ESG ratings and data providers.
EFAMA questions the threshold approach in ESMA’s proposed guidelines on the use of ESG terms in fund names
EFAMA has today published its response to the ESMA consultation on guidelines on funds’ names using ESG or sustainability-related terms. EFAMA members have concerns around the proposed numerical threshold approach as it may not address the underlying greenwashing issues our industry is facing due to the current lack of clarity on many key sustainable finance concepts.
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.*
"It gives me great pleasure to provide you with an overview of our activities since our Annual General Meeting in Paris last year. While we were very much looking forward to hosting you all in Brussels this week, the current crisis and associated travel restrictions has forced us to improvise and turn our meeting into a virtual AGM.