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The EU’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth is the biggest public intervention the financial markets have ever seen when it comes to ESG and responsible investment. It seeks to integrate sustainability requirements into rafts of mainstream financial regulation (MiFID, Capital Requirements Regulation and IORP, among others) and introduce new rules and guidance to help stimulate green and social investment.

Here, you can keep track of the latest developments in the Action Plan, and read in-depth analysis on how it will impact institutional investors and other stakeholders across the globe.
What matters to us? That you respond to our consultation: A final word from the TEG

EU Action PlanFREE What matters to us? That you respond to our consultation: A final word from the TEG

Responsible Investor’s final instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

‘We need a broader taxonomy for a sustainable economy’: WWF’s Godinot on the EU’s flagship proposal

EU Action PlanFREE ‘We need a broader taxonomy for a sustainable economy’: WWF’s Godinot on the EU’s flagship proposal

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

Felipe Gordillo: The taxonomy is a good starting point for central banks to step up as asset owners

EU Action PlanFREE Felipe Gordillo: The taxonomy is a good starting point for central banks to step up as asset owners

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

Investors face information asymmetry: Linklaters lawyers on the Action Plan’s disclosure hurdles

EU Action PlanFREE Investors face information asymmetry: Linklaters lawyers on the Action Plan’s disclosure hurdles

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

Green is easy - brown is hard: Imperial’s Bob Buhr on the EU’s taxonomy

EU Action PlanFREE Green is easy - brown is hard: Imperial’s Bob Buhr on the EU’s taxonomy

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

‘The green taxonomy isn’t suitable for the biggest asset classes and it won’t take us mainstream’

EU Action PlanFREE ‘The green taxonomy isn’t suitable for the biggest asset classes and it won’t take us mainstream’

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

‘What matters to me is market testing’: Allianz’s Hoerter on the need for an evidence-based Action Plan

EU Action PlanFREE ‘What matters to me is market testing’: Allianz’s Hoerter on the need for an evidence-based Action Plan

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

A response to Ben Caldecott: While not without flaws, investors should welcome the EU taxonomy

EU Action PlanA response to Ben Caldecott: While not without flaws, investors should welcome the EU taxonomy

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

‘We need a Stewardship Code for Europe’: Ingrid Holmes on whether the current EU Action Plan is enough to deliver real outcomes

EU Action PlanFREE ‘We need a Stewardship Code for Europe’: Ingrid Holmes on whether the current EU Action Plan is enough to deliver real outcomes

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

How the EU’s ‘Marmite’ taxonomy might help, or hinder, green finance

EU Action PlanHow the EU’s ‘Marmite’ taxonomy might help, or hinder, green finance

The EU looks close to accepting the TEG’s recommendations.

EU mulls industry-wide ESG disclosure for index providers by 2021

EU Action PlanEU mulls industry-wide ESG disclosure for index providers by 2021

While proposed measures are voluntary, investor demand is expected to drive pressure

EU moves to introduce accreditation for green bond assessments

EU Action PlanEU moves to introduce accreditation for green bond assessments

Recommendation for ESMA role follows EU Green Bond Standard proposal published in March.

EU pushes 6,000 banks, corporates and insurers on TCFD disclosure

EU Action PlanTCFDEU pushes 6,000 banks, corporates and insurers on TCFD disclosure

‘Most companies are likely to conclude that climate is a material issue’, says Commission as it updates Non-Financial Reporting Directive

EU’s long-awaited draft ‘green taxonomy’ is released alongside low-carbon benchmarks and green bond recommendations

EU Action PlanFREE EU’s long-awaited draft ‘green taxonomy’ is released alongside low-carbon benchmarks and green bond recommendations

Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance issues three reports

A confused definition of sustainable investment has spoiled it in its entirety: Stan Dupre on the EU Action Plan

EU Action PlanFREE A confused definition of sustainable investment has spoiled it in its entirety: Stan Dupre on the EU Action Plan

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

Steve Waygood: Why EU legislation could herald a boom in ESG investing

EU Action PlanFREE Steve Waygood: Why EU legislation could herald a boom in ESG investing

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

‘Encourages laziness and disincentives ambition’: Ben Caldecott shares his thoughts on the EU’s green taxonomy

EU Action PlanFREE ‘Encourages laziness and disincentives ambition’: Ben Caldecott shares his thoughts on the EU’s green taxonomy

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

‘Missing the forest for the trees’: Cicero’s Christa Clapp on a possible EU Green Bond Standard

EU Action PlanFREE ‘Missing the forest for the trees’: Cicero’s Christa Clapp on a possible EU Green Bond Standard

Responsible Investor’s latest instalment of The EU Action Plan: What Matters To Me

EU to launch regulatory guidance on TCFD alignment for banks, corporates and insurers

BanksEU Action PlanTCFDEU to launch regulatory guidance on TCFD alignment for banks, corporates and insurers

Update to Non-Financial Reporting Directive as Technical Expert Group has its mandate extended

The EU taxonomy: the metric system of the 21st century

BanksEU Action PlanFREE The EU taxonomy: the metric system of the 21st century

It will foster science, innovation and industrial growth.

The EU sustainability disclosures regulation: The devil is in the detail

EU Action PlanThe EU sustainability disclosures regulation: The devil is in the detail

The latest in our series looking at the EU sustainable finance action plan

The EU Ecolabel for Financial Products: A tool to avoid retail fund “greenwashing”

EU Action PlanThe EU Ecolabel for Financial Products: A tool to avoid retail fund “greenwashing”

One of the main elements of the European Commission’s Action Plan on sustainable finance

EIOPA: The EU overseer where prudential regulation and sustainability are “two sides of the same coin”

EU Action PlanEIOPA: The EU overseer where prudential regulation and sustainability are “two sides of the same coin”

The role of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority in the EU sustainability push

European Parliament slaps back proposals for ‘brown’ and social taxonomies in latest vote

EU Action PlanEuropean Parliament slaps back proposals for ‘brown’ and social taxonomies in latest vote

Another blow to the EU’s ambitions for its sustainable finance taxonomy

The European Banking Authority: A key player in the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan

BanksEU Action PlanThe European Banking Authority: A key player in the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan

First in a series looking at the role of Europe’s financial supervisory bodies in sustainability

EU High-Level Conference: Concrete achievements and a new credibility as finance chiefs step up

EU Action PlanFREE EU High-Level Conference: Concrete achievements and a new credibility as finance chiefs step up

Major event reflects a sense of urgency as what was once ‘heresy’ becomes the new normal

What’s going on with the EU’s Green Taxonomy?

EU Action PlanWhat’s going on with the EU’s Green Taxonomy?

The EU’s flagship sustainability project is still very much up in the air

EU green taxonomy vote branded ‘disastrous’ as MEPs quash key amendments

EU Action PlanEU green taxonomy vote branded ‘disastrous’ as MEPs quash key amendments

Parliamentary setback for key part of EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance

Analysis: EU vote on sustainable finance taxonomy—a disappointing circus

EU Action PlanAnalysis: EU vote on sustainable finance taxonomy—a disappointing circus

A major setback for green finance at a fractious meeting in Strasbourg

Political agreement brings EU regulation on investors’ ESG disclosure closer

EU Action PlanPolitical agreement brings EU regulation on investors’ ESG disclosure closer

Late night political wrangling on sustainability disclosure measures

Call for EU to introduce green bond rules for institutional investors

EU Action PlanCall for EU to introduce green bond rules for institutional investors

Report from Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance

Triodos: Europe’s action plan for ‘Sustainable Finance’ threatens to derail

EU Action PlanFREE Triodos: Europe’s action plan for ‘Sustainable Finance’ threatens to derail

The question of how finance can contribute to a sustainable transition is hardly being discussed.

EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan: What is the state of play one year in?

EU Action PlanFREE EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan: What is the state of play one year in?

Kicking off a series of articles looking at the key parts of the Action Plan.

EU approves first regulation under Action Plan on Sustainable Finance

EU Action PlanFREE EU approves first regulation under Action Plan on Sustainable Finance

Ambitious agreement on low-carbon benchmarks includes mainstream disclosure

Dutch investor group calls for ‘hard legislation’ over TCFD in accounting directive

EU Action PlanTCFDFREE Dutch investor group calls for ‘hard legislation’ over TCFD in accounting directive

Comments in response to recent report by Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance

Is confusion over the EU taxonomy slowing down green bond issuance?

EU Action PlanFREE Is confusion over the EU taxonomy slowing down green bond issuance?

An answer to green bond grandfathering is a must if the market wants strong deal flow in 2019.

Europe encouraged to ditch ‘Anglo-Saxon capitalism’ to promote sustainable governance  

EU Action PlanFREE Europe encouraged to ditch ‘Anglo-Saxon capitalism’ to promote sustainable governance  

The shareholder value model faces a challenge from EU stakeholders

EU experts propose ways to align non-financial reporting directive with TCFD

EU Action PlanTCFDFREE EU experts propose ways to align non-financial reporting directive with TCFD

Commission’s expert group calls for market feedback on new proposals

EU pushes for benchmarks with 2°C scenario analysis

EU Action PlanFREE EU pushes for benchmarks with 2°C scenario analysis

Parliament also approves plans for wider disclosure from index providers on ESG

EU kicks off consultation into green finance ‘taxonomy’

EU Action PlanFREE EU kicks off consultation into green finance ‘taxonomy’

A 108-page scoping document has been released today

Banks must disclose ESG risks, rule EU finance ministers

EU Action PlanFREE Banks must disclose ESG risks, rule EU finance ministers

Major banking package also revives ‘green’ and ‘brown’ capital requirements debate

Norges Bank calls for central data repository for sustainability disclosure

EU Action PlanFREE Norges Bank calls for central data repository for sustainability disclosure

CDP coordinates investor statement on TCFD alignment

European supervisor EIOPA to stress-test pension funds and insurers for ESG risk

EU Action PlanFREE European supervisor EIOPA to stress-test pension funds and insurers for ESG risk

The stress-test is expected to take place next year

ESG experts named to new European Corporate Reporting Lab

EU Action PlanFREE ESG experts named to new European Corporate Reporting Lab

Initiative is part of the European Commission’s Sustainable Action Plan

EU says planned low carbon index rules will help tackle market greenwash

EU Action PlanFREE EU says planned low carbon index rules will help tackle market greenwash

New FAQs about the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance

European CFA holders say ESG appropriate for institutional investors, but decisions shouldn’t be mandated

EU Action PlanFREE European CFA holders say ESG appropriate for institutional investors, but decisions shouldn’t be mandated

Study made against backdrop of EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan.

What’s behind the credit ratings agencies’ new focus on ESG?

EU Action PlanFREE What’s behind the credit ratings agencies’ new focus on ESG?

Significant moves by the Big Three come amid regulatory pressure

Analysis: Investors and providers critical of proposed EU green index rules

EU Action PlanFREE Analysis: Investors and providers critical of proposed EU green index rules

Concern as European Commission’s proposals go beyond original HLEG recommendations

Investors, insurers and banks call for ‘Australasian HLEG’

EU Action PlanFREE Investors, insurers and banks call for ‘Australasian HLEG’

Member bodies say Australia and New Zealand need sustainable finance roadmaps similar to Europe’s

Campaign groups press for human rights to be included in EU sustainable finance push

EU Action PlanFREE Campaign groups press for human rights to be included in EU sustainable finance push

Fears that a ‘do-no-harm’ approach on human rights is not enough

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