Response to the ESAs consultation on EU taxonomy-related sustainability product-level disclosures

Consultation response
Finance Watch
Regulation(s) covered in this publication
  • Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)
  • Taxonomy
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Our response to the ESAs consultation on EU taxonomy-related sustainability product-level disclosures has been submitted and is now public. Some of the key messages are:

  • Finance Watch favours the creation of a “single rulebook” for sustainability disclosures with the aim to reduce the complexity, duplication, potential inconsistencies or overlaps.
  • DNSH criteria: we call against exempting EU taxonomy-compliant investments from screening against the “Do No Significant Harm” (DNSH) criteria in SFDR.
  • Funds’ taxonomy-alignment ratio:
    • Leaving flexibility to a financial market participant (FMP) to choose between three metrics (the taxonomy-aligned turnover, CAPEX or OPEX), in case of non-financial companies, when calculating fund’s taxonomy-alignment ratio, could result in major greenwashing and insufficient comparability across funds or the end-investors.
    • Instead, FMPs should calculate a weighted average ratio composed of the taxonomy-aligned turnover, CAPEX and OPEX for each non-financial company within a fundThe respective weights should reflect the relative proportion of turnover, CAPEX and OPEX.
  • Derivatives should be assessed by their nature when calculating funds’ taxonomy-alignment ratio.
    • Their gross positions can be included in the fund’s taxonomy-alignment ratio when they are used for hedging purposes of investments in taxonomy-aligned economic activities.
    • Short exposures to taxonomy-aligned investments should be netted.
    • Derivatives that meet neither of the above two conditions, should be excluded from the numerator of the fund’s taxonomy-alignment ratio. However, they should be included in the ratio’s denominator covering all investments.
  • We call for a mandatory external verification / assurance of the taxonomy alignment disclosed by investee companies in line with Art. 8 TR as well as the taxonomy alignment disclosed by FMPs in line with Art. 5 and 6 TR. This is essential to avoid greenwashing and provide certainty and reliability of information to end investors.
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