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Last week, the FCA published its long-awaited rules to curb greenwashing in investments and label sustainable funds.
EQ Investors (EQ) has been active in the sustainable investment space for more than a decade. In that time innovation and ’best practice’ has primarily been driven by industry participants. EQ has been supportive of greater regulatory interest in sustainable finance, aiming to support well-intentioned client capital flow into ambitious, suitable investment solutions that best match their preferences, as well as improve disclosure and transparency in the whole market.
Key components of the published paper include:
It is clear and encouraging that stakeholder feedback has been extensively integrated into the proposed changes by the FCA since the initial consultation. EQ’s feedback has been widely reflected in the policy proposal. Our team has been digesting the new final rules and wanted to share key take-aways for advisers working with EQ:
EQ is already in discussions with all in-scope UK-domiciled funds and asset managers to align to the most suitable label in preparation of portfolio management services becoming in scope, as well as assessing any implications on our investable universe. We will ensure to share any material updates with you in due course.
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