Sustainable finance

Sustainability is a topic that concerns all financial market participants and individual markets. Sustainable finance refers to the recognition of general environmental and social aspects in investment decisions. In 2018, the EU Commission released an action plan on financing sustainable growth, which aims to reorient the financial markets to foster sustainability objectives. In its strategy for 2020–2022, the Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) identified the impact of climate change as one key area of supervision.

In its supervision of financial stability, the FIN-FSA monitors that supervised entities take into consideration in their operations sustainability risks as well as other risks. The information given to customers and investors on sustainability factors must be appropriate so that customers can make an informed assessment of the sustainability of products and services, and investors can, if they wish, make sustainable investment decisions.

New financial market terminology in the wake of new regulation, including:

New terminology

sustainability risk

 

an environmental, social or governance event or condition that, if it occurs, could cause an actual or a potential material negative impact on the value of the investment; (EU 2019/2088 Art 2(1)(22))

sustainability factor

 

environmental, social and employee matters, respect for human rights, anti‐corruption and anti‐bribery matters; 2019/2088 Art 2(1)(24))

sustainable investment

an investment in an economic activity that contributes to an environmental objective or a social objective, provided that such investments do not significantly harm any of those objectives and that the investee companies follow good governance practices Art 2(1)(17))

environmentally sustainable economic measure

To be added later when the Regulation has been published in the Official Journal and been assigned a number (Taxonomy, Art 3)

financial market participant

 

- an insurance undertaking which makes available an insurance‐based investment product;

- an investment firm or credit institution which provides portfolio management;

- an institution for occupational retirement provision;

- a manufacturer of a pension product;

- an alternative investment fund manager (AIFM);

- a pan‐European personal pension product (PEPP) provider

- a manager of a qualifying venture capital fund

- a manager of a qualifying social entrepreneurship fund (EU 2019/2088 Art 2(1)(1))

financial adviser

- an insurance intermediary or insurance undertaking which provides insurance advice with regard to an insurance-based investment product

- a credit institution, investment firm, AIFM or fund management company which provides investment advice

(EU 2019/2088 Art 2(1)(11))

financial product

- an asset management service under the Investment Firms Act

- alternative investment fund

- an insurance-based investment product

- a pension product

- a pension scheme

- an UCITS

- a PEPP product

(EU 2019/2088 Art 2(1)(12))