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The European Commission’s EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities: What do institutional investors need to know?

In March 2018, the European Commission published its Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth.1

Unprecedented in its ambition and scope, the action plan will have impacts all along the investment value chain including on Asset Owners, Asset Managers, Insurance Companies, Banks, Brokers/Dealers, Advisors, Credit Rating Agencies, Index Providers and Issuers.  The plan includes very comprehensive measures with the aim of reorienting capital flows to sustainable investments, managing financial risks stemming from ESG issues like climate change and environmental degradation, and fostering transparency and long-termism in capital markets. The cornerstone of the plan calls for the establishment of a unified EU classification system for sustainable activities (the “taxonomy”), which is intended to provide guidance on activities qualifying as contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental and social objectives.  In June of this year, the EU’s Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance published the first taxonomy2 for environmentally-sustainable economic activities which was accompanied by a call for feedback from stakeholders through September 13th 2019.

We invite you to join us for an MSCI ESG Research webinar where we will provide an overview of the most advanced streams of the EU Sustainable Finance initiative, where they stand today and how investors can begin to take action to gear up for the developments to come. MSCI panelists will focus specifically on the taxonomy, regulatory developments regarding sustainable benchmarks, and upcoming sustainability-related disclosure requirements. We’ll also offer insight into how our ESG solutions can be mobilized to support our clients in aligning with the EU Sustainable Finance requirements.

1 https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/180308-action-plan-sustainable-growth_en
2 https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/sustainable-finance-teg-taxonomy_en

August 22, 2019



7:00 a.m. PDT San Francisco
10:00 a.m. EDT New York
3:00 p.m. BST London
4:00 p.m. CEST Paris

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Event Speakers

Olga Emelianova

Executive Director, ESG Research | MSCI

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Michelle Lapolla Friedman

Executive Director, MSCI ESG Research | MSCI

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Sebastien Lieblich

Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Solutions | MSCI

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Jamie Pawliczek

Managing Director and Counsel | MSCI

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