ESAs issue report on the extent of voluntary disclosure of Principle Adverse Impact under the SFDR
On 28 July 2022, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published their first annual report to the European Commission (EC) on the extent of voluntary disclosure of Principal Adverse Impact (PAI) under Article 18 of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). In the report best practices for disclosures along with issue recommendations are highlighted. Additionally, the report lists several recommendations for National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to ensure appropriate supervision of Financial Market Participants' (FMPs) practices.
The ESAs provide in their report an overview of best practices and less good practices for disclosures under Article 4 (1) (a) and (b) of the SFDR.
Key findings from the report suggest:
- A significant variation in respondents' compliance with voluntary disclosures can be observed. Overall, the first disclosures since the application of the SFDR are not very detailed. This tendency might change for the 2022 reporting period with the SFDR Delegated Regulation coming into effect.
- Overall low levels of disclosure of the degree of alignment with the objective of the Paris Agreement were reported, with disclosures on the alignment being vague and high level.
- Low compliance with the details required for explaining why FMPs do not consider the adverse impact of their investment decisions is observed.
The report lists several recommendations for National Competent Authorities, including:
- identifying non-compliant FMPs through continuous market supervision,
- ensuring representativeness of samples, future surveys should be conducted with a bigger sample size of FMPs,
- enhancing supervision, FMPs are encouraged to conduct regular surveys in their own market,
- the organization of offsite inspections of FMPs,
- utilizing IT tools to simplify assessment and
- providing additional instructions to supervised entities regarding technical aspects of website disclosures.
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