Esma opens way to deeper regulation of ESG

By Jon Hay
06 Feb 2020

The European securities regulator will start to probe sustainable finance, looking for risks including greenwashing and climate risks, and may use stress tests in some market segments. Green finance experts welcomed the new Strategy on Sustainable Finance put out by the European Securities and Markets Authority on Thursday as a step towards fully integrating environmental, social and governance issues into financial regulation.

“There are a couple of transitions it captures,” said Will Martindale, head of policy at the Principles for Responsible Investment in London. “One has been taking place for some time: that ESG factors are material and affect the value of investments, so they should be properly captured in ...

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