EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan Solutions

High-Quality ESG Research and Data to Help Investors Meet the New Regulatory Requirements

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The EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan is arguably the most comprehensive and detailed regulations affecting the field of ESG investing. To comply with the various regulatory deadlines, investors not only need a comprehensive suite of high-quality ESG research and data products and services, but also a trusted partner. Our knowledgeable team can show you how our robust data coverage and award-winning research can help.

Contact us today to begin your EU Action Plan compliance journey.

Our Solutions

Sustainalytics and Morningstar are helping investors at every step of their compliance journey. We are continuously enhancing our solutions as regulatory requirements are finalized, providing clients with a full solution at both the company and portfolio level well ahead of regulatory deadlines. 

EU Taxonomy Solution

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Regulation

The Taxonomy is a classification framework designed to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable​. There are three main criteria that activities will be screened on to determine alignment with Taxonomy objectives:

1. Substantial Contribution

2. Do No Significant Harm

3. Minimum Safeguards

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Solution

Our EU Taxonomy Solution provides ESG research and data that assesses clients’ holdings and portfolio alignment to the EU Taxonomy. We currently offer a Taxonomy Data solution and a Managed Portfolio Service. The Managed Portfolio Service provides a portfolio-level alignment assessment and the Data solution provides company-level assessment along with the supporting underlying company-level data.

Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation

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Regulation

The EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) introduces new rules for how investment managers need to incorporate and disclose sustainability risks and factors with an emphasis on the so-called “Principal Adverse Impact” (PAI) indicators.

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Solution

To fully comply with all of the SFDR requirements will require a comprehensive set of ESG research solutions that enable investors to identify and manage both ESG risks and potential adverse sustainability impacts. Sustainalytics’ client advisory teams can advise you on finding a suitable mix of research solutions to meet your organization’s needs.

New SFDR Research Solutions

The following company and fund level data solutions were created specifically to support SFDR compliance requirements:

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Company-level Data

Sustainalytics’ PAI Data Solution is an ESG dataset with rich corporate- and sovereign-level research that can help investors to identify and understand the adverse sustainability impacts of their investments to fulfill the SFDR disclosure requirements. The PAI Data Solution complements and builds on Sustainalytics’ established, high-quality ESG research that already aligns very well to the remainder of the SFDR requirements.

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Fund-level Data

Morningstar will collect and disseminate EU ESG Fund Type information, i.e., Article 8 & 9 flags, as well as key data points from updated SFDR-compliant prospectuses. In addition, its market leading “Full Holdings” database will enable users of third-party funds, like advisors and fund-of-funds, to access underlying securities’ PAI assessments, looking through funds to their underlying exposures. This is a huge benefit for these users as the regulation requires entity level disclosures to be calculated using security level data.

EU Benchmarks Regulation

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Regulation

The EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan includes two amendments to regulation affecting sustainability benchmarks:

1. Climate Benchmarks: The regulation defines new minimum standards for two types of carbon benchmarks: the EU Climate Transition Benchmarks (EU CTB) and EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks (EU PAB).

2. Disclosure Requirements: New ESG disclosure requirements were defined Solution Sustainalytics offers three data packages for corporate, sovereign and climate benchmarks, which consist of approximately 130 data points from 12 of our research products.

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Solution

Our solution can help index providers and benchmark administrators to meet mandatory reporting and disclosure obligations and enable them to screen companies on their eligibility for inclusion in EU Climate Benchmarks. Fund managers may also leverage this data to create passive products, such as climate-aligned ETFs. In addition, Morningstar provides fully ESG indexes that leverage Sustainalytics’ research.

Key Features And Benefits

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High-Quality ESG Research Solutions 

Our established, award-winning ESG research aligns well to regulatory criteria, creating a solid foundation to working towards full coverage  

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Trusted Partner 

Built on 25+ years of ESG expertise, Sustainalytics’ client advisory team have unparalleled expertise in guiding clients to find ESG solutions tailored to their organization’s needs.

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A coherent and consistent approach to ESG 

Together with Morningstar, we can provide end-to-end solutions from raw data to managed portfolio and reporting solutions at company and fund level to suit your intended use case.

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Strong commitment demonstrated by robust investment in capacity 

With over 300 ESG analysts, Sustainalytics has one of the largest research teams in the industry. We have significantly expanded our capacity with more than 30 new analysts to focus on supplementing our established research by focusing on new research areas directly rated to the EU Action Plan.

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Combined Regulatory and Product Knowledge 

Sustainalytics is collaborating closely with Morningstar’s regulatory and product experts to bring a comprehensive solution to market.

 

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Why Sustainalytics?

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A Single Market Standard

Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.

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Award-Winning Research and Data

Firm recognized as Best ESG Research and Data Provider by Environmental Finance and Investment Week.

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End-to-End ESG Solutions

ESG products and services that serve the entire investment value chain.

Expertise

25+ Years ESG Expertise

350+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.

Largest second party opinion provider

Largest Second-Party Opinion Provider

As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

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