In response to growing investor demand for information concerning companies’ sustainability-related financial risks, the sustainability disclosure landscape has rapidly changed over the last decade.  In what marks one of the latest developments to the sustainability disclosure landscape, on 29 April 2022, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (“EFRAG“) – a private organisation that provides technical assistance to the European Commission – issued its initial draft European Sustainability Reporting Standards (“ESRS“) for public comment. The ESRS, which EFRAG were tasked with preparing by the European Commission as part of the proposed Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (“CSRD“), set out proposed requirements for companies to report on sustainability-related impacts, opportunities and risks under the CSRD.

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On 22 October 2021, the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – the “ESAs“) delivered to the European Commission the expected Final Report with draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) with respect to additional pre-contractual and periodic disclosure relating to financial products that make sustainable investments contributing to environmental objectives (“Draft SFDR Amendment RTS” – JC 2021 50). By virtue of such new draft rules, the EU will regulate the market by establishing standardized disclosures.

Under a formalistic approach, such new Draft SFDR Amendment RTS as level 2 measures under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (“SFDR“, Regulation (EU) 2019/2088) aim to

  • provide disclosures to end investors regarding the investments of financial products in environmentally sustainable economic activities;
  • provide end investors with comparable information to make informed investment choices; and
  • establish a single rulebook for sustainability disclosures under the SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2020/852).


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