ESG fund labelling: ‘friend or foe’ of the sustainability transition?

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Sustainable investing (SI) fund labels have gained significant prominence in recent years as tools to provide transparency and drive capital towards the sustainability transition. Belgium’s Towards Sustainability label, Germany and France’s SRI and Greenfin labels are just some examples from a long list that continues to proliferate. At the same time, the labels form a highly divergent and fragmented landscape, potentially causing major drawbacks for both investors and the SI agenda at large. A recent publication by Qontigo’s sustainable investment team examines the criteria used in the 12 most important frameworks setting standards for SI products in Europe, where most of the effort has been concentrated to date. The study provides a like-for-like comparison of exclusionary criteria and portfolio-construction techniques as applied in each individual label. On February 24, 2022, we are bringing together a panel representing regulatory and standard-setting authorities and investment management experts to discuss the following topics: -What are the existing labels’ aims? Which criteria are aligned with each other and where do they diverge? -Is it feasible to design a financial product that aligns with all labels? What are the implications for the scalability of SI products? -What are the pros and cons of attempting to limit the number of labels to the bare minimum through standardization, as opposed to encouraging divergence on the grounds that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to SI? -What does this all mean for the ultimate goal of transitioning to a more sustainable economy? Featuring: Markus Zellmann Regulatory Advisor/Senior Vice President, Deutsche Börse Group Tom Van den Berghe Director Sustainable Finance, Febelfin Nicolas Redon Green Finance Expert, Novethic Moderated by: Anna Georgieva Associate Principal, Sustainable Investment, Qontigo

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