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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.
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

Sustainable finance resolution wins landslide victory at European Parliament

EU Action PlanFREE Sustainable finance resolution wins landslide victory at European Parliament

The vote outlines MEPs’ position ahead of development of legislation

European Commission tables four legislative proposals to foster sustainable finance

EU Action PlanFREE European Commission tables four legislative proposals to foster sustainable finance

ESG cannot be seen as role of ‘extremist group’ if EU is to meet climate goals, says Vice President

Legislation on sustainable finance to be kick-started by EU this week

EU Action PlanFREE Legislation on sustainable finance to be kick-started by EU this week

European Commission will table its first proposals

Momentum shifts towards more integration of sustainability in credit ratings

EU Action PlanFREE Momentum shifts towards more integration of sustainability in credit ratings

PRI experts reflect on recent EU moves on CRAs and ESG

Comment: Making the European sustainable finance taxonomy a carrier and not a barrier to sustainable finance

EU Action PlanFREE Comment: Making the European sustainable finance taxonomy a carrier and not a barrier to sustainable finance

Wheb’s Seb Beloe on the European Commission’s plans to create a sustainability taxonomy

Corporates: ‘Green is the new black’ says EC’s Vice-President Dombrovskis

EU Action PlanFREE Corporates: ‘Green is the new black’ says EC’s Vice-President Dombrovskis

EC’s Action Plan outlines next steps on sustainability disclosure and governance

EU sustainability plan ‘most ambitious from any major economy’ say experts

EU Action PlanFREE EU sustainability plan ‘most ambitious from any major economy’ say experts

Updates on the final Action Plan and response from the market

Investors to disclose sustainability decision making under new EU rules

EU Action PlanFREE Investors to disclose sustainability decision making under new EU rules

Investor duties and ‘eco’ labels among proposals from European Commission

Exclusive: The European Commission’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth

EU Action PlanFREE Exclusive: The European Commission’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth

Ambitious proposals cover taxonomies, credit ratings, investor duties and more

Analysis: How much support is there for the EU’s ‘green supporting factor’ idea?

EU Action PlanFREE Analysis: How much support is there for the EU’s ‘green supporting factor’ idea?

A mixed reception for one of the European Commission’s key sustainability proposals

Nick Robins: Sustainable Finance after the HLEG: The end of the beginning

EU Action PlanFREE Nick Robins: Sustainable Finance after the HLEG: The end of the beginning

The High-Level Expert Group means 2018 has started with a bang

UK says its planned green finance standards will complement HLEG taxonomy

EU Action PlanFREE UK says its planned green finance standards will complement HLEG taxonomy

Signs of alignment between UK and European Union on sustainable finance

What are the proposals for new European regulation on investor duties?

EU Action PlanFREE What are the proposals for new European regulation on investor duties?

‘Investment horizons and ESG rules must match end-client’ HLEG tells EU

Hugh Wheelan: HLEG could unblock the sustainable retail funds market

EU Action PlanFREE Hugh Wheelan: HLEG could unblock the sustainable retail funds market

Minimum standards and an aspirational label should find favour with EU regulators looking to develop sustainable saving.

High praise and words of warning over HLEG report

EU Action PlanFREE High praise and words of warning over HLEG report

EU group’s final recommendations garner strong support as well as caution

HLEG: Europe must set the standards on defining sustainable finance

EU Action PlanFREE HLEG: Europe must set the standards on defining sustainable finance

RI takes a closer look at HLEG’s recommendation on sustainability taxonomies

EU group set to propose new mandate rules, ESG definitions and ‘eco’ labels

EU Action PlanFREE EU group set to propose new mandate rules, ESG definitions and ‘eco’ labels

HLEG final report seen as a “manifesto for far-reaching change”.

Investment consultants could face “direct intervention” from EU over sustainability

EU Action PlanFREE Investment consultants could face “direct intervention” from EU over sustainability

Consultants seen as having a duty to help drive sustainable capital

The Big Picture: A crucial period ahead for European sustainable finance policy

EU Action PlanFREE The Big Picture: A crucial period ahead for European sustainable finance policy

RI takes a look at all the moving parts across HLEG, the Commission and Parliament

New EU investor duties should mirror UK’s to prevent Brexit impact, warns UKSIF

EU Action PlanFREE New EU investor duties should mirror UK’s to prevent Brexit impact, warns UKSIF

UK Government expected to clarify fiduciary duty rules this year

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