EU Action Plan Triggers Sustainable Consequences
When we started to introduce the very first sustainable mandates 32 years ago, this was still a niche area of investment. Back then, there was plenty of freedom in configuring investment portfolios. Since then, sustainable investments have seen explosive growth, and it had also become obvious that the climate transition would require massive capital spending. So regulators became involved and the European Union passed a package of measures in the form of an Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth. This has two far-reaching consequences: the first is that the time of "free-style" approaches to sustainable investments is over. The second consequence is the emergence of a new product class. With the introduction of a category of investment products with clear sustainability objectives, customers at last know what they are getting.
This Issue's Highlights
- Editorial: EU Action Plan triggers sustainable consequences: Jan Amrit Poser about how the EU Action Plan is confirming the market standard for ESG
- Three pillars supporting sustainable investment: SFDR, MiFID II and ESG labels: Nico Frey on why sustainable-categorised products are not necessarily “sustainable”
- Sustainable investment objectives: what do clients get? Robin Rouger explains how sustainable investments were redefined and a new product class created
- Which negative consequences can investments cause? Sebastian Wiesel lays out the Principal Adverse Impacts and how they are measured
- Sustainable investment becomes even more transparent: Benjamin Gränicher details J. Safra Sarasin’s classification according to EU SFDR
- Sustainability Rating Reviews in the 2nd Quarter 2021: The latest ratings from Sustainable Investment Research
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