Policy Activity and Responses

 

A key part of our work to grow the sustainable finance industry is to respond to policy consultations and inquiries held by the Government, Parliament and regulators to develop supportive policies. We also lobby the government on key legislative and political developments.

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UKSIF response: FCA Discussion Paper on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels
10/01/2022

UKSIF response: FCA Discussion Paper on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels

In our response to the Discussion Paper, we focus on the following points: How a single, harmonised set of sustainability disclosures for all clients groups could be explored further by the FCA as an alternative to the proposed two-tiered approach for sophisticated clients and consumers. This could be achieved through a ‘stacking’ or ‘layering’ approach…

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UKSIF response: Environmental Audit Committee inquiry, Aligning the UK’s economic goals with environmental sustainability
06/01/2022

UKSIF response: Environmental Audit Committee inquiry, Aligning the UK’s economic goals with environmental sustainability

UKSIF’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry focuses on the government’s recent response to the recommendations of Professor Sir Partha’s Dasgupta Review of the Economics of Biodiversity, including how biodiversity could be more meaningfully incorporated into its policy decisions, and the vital need for the UK to shift from GDP as the key indicator…

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UKSIF response: DWP Consultation, Climate and investment reporting: setting expectations and empowering savers
06/01/2022

UKSIF response: DWP Consultation, Climate and investment reporting: setting expectations and empowering savers

UKSIF’s response focuses on DWP’s proposals requiring UK pension schemes to disclose a portfolio-alignment metric setting out the extent to which investments are aligned with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global average temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and we voice strong support for this requirement in our response, including ensuring this forms part…

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UKSIF Policy Briefing: Defining a net-zero financial centre in the UK
16/12/2021

UKSIF Policy Briefing: Defining a net-zero financial centre in the UK

UKSIF’s policy briefing sets out the sustainable finance sector’s initial response to the Chancellor’s pledge at ‘Finance Day’ at COP committing the UK to be the ‘world’s first net-zero aligned financial services centre.’ Drafted in very close consultation with our Policy Committee, our briefing highlights some of the areas that government should consider further for…

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UKSIF response: House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee inquiry on behavioural change
13/12/2021

UKSIF response: House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee inquiry on behavioural change

UKSIF was pleased to respond to the Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee inquiry exploring behaviour change in the context of climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and the environment (e.g. biodiversity, water, waste & the circular economy and air pollution). The main focus of the inquiry is on behaviour change, while the Committee is interested…

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Eurosif Position Statement: Risks arising from inclusion of natural gas & nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy
24/11/2021

Eurosif Position Statement: Risks arising from inclusion of natural gas & nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy

We recently contributed to a public position statement from Eurosif, warning of the significant risks of including natural gas and nuclear energy with the EU’s ‘green taxonomy.’ Our position statement argues that this inclusion would dramatically change the nature of the EU’s taxonomy, namely to a list of transitional economic activities. https://www.eurosif.org/news/eurosif-statement-on-risks-arising-from-inclusion-of-natural-gas-nuclear-energy-in-the-eu-taxonomy

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Disclosures and Labels Advisory Group: UKSIF confirmed as a member of group advising on SDR and labelling system
03/11/2021

Disclosures and Labels Advisory Group: UKSIF confirmed as a member of group advising on SDR and labelling system

We are pleased UKSIF has been appointed a member of the Disclosures and Labels Advisory Group (DLAG), which will be advising the FCA on the design of the Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) regime and investment labelling system. We will be consulting our members as part of our involvement with the DLAG, which will be considering…

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UKSIF response: Government Autumn Budget 2021
30/09/2021

UKSIF response: Government Autumn Budget 2021

UKSIF has submitted its representation to the Government’s Autumn Budget taking place on 27 October. In our representation, we focus on three main areas where we believe government could take immediate steps to demonstrate the UK’s continued commitment to support the growth of the UK’s world-leading sustainable finance sector and advance progress against the UK’s…

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Letter from UKSIF to Chancellor on UK leadership on biodiversity
29/09/2021

Letter from UKSIF to Chancellor on UK leadership on biodiversity

On behalf of the UK’s sustainable finance sector, UKSIF has written a letter to the Chancellor outlining a series of commitments for the UK to adopt to meaningfully integrate biodiversity risks and opportunities into firms’ decision-making and policymaking during the UK’s Presidency of COP26 and ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference in China next year.…

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Eurosif Response: IOSCO consultations – ESG ratings and Sustainability-related Practices for Asset Managers
16/09/2021

Eurosif Response: IOSCO consultations – ESG ratings and Sustainability-related Practices for Asset Managers

Through Eurosif, we responded to IOSCO’s two recent consultations on Recommendations on ESG Ratings and Data Products Providers, and on Recommendations on Sustainability-related Practices, Policies, Procedures and Disclosure in Asset Management. https://www.eurosif.org/news/eurosif-responds-to-iosco-consultations-esg-ratings-and-sustainability-related-practices-for-asset-managers/  

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