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Episode 39: Greenwashing & ESG Data

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In recent years, the easy availability of sustainable funds in retail markets and the increasing amount of money flowing into these funds have made greenwashing a hot topic in the investment management sector. Regulators in the UK and EU are clearly aware of the potential for greenwashing in this industry and are attempting to tackle it through a range of regulatory initiatives. In this episode of Regulated Radio, Scott Martin is joined by Deloitte’s ESG in investment management experts Jessica Hodges and Stuart Royden-Turner to discuss the key greenwashing challenges facing the industry at the moment, and in particular the role of ESG data in this story.

The 2024 Sustainability Regulation Outlook report is now live! It covers the key implications of sustainability related regulations across financial services and non-financial services. The report contains key insights on pivotal topics with crucial consequences for financial services and the real economy such as decarbonisation, greenwashing, sustainability reporting and circularity.

In this episode, Isha Gupta from the EMEA Centre for Regulatory Strategy is joined by authors of the report and senior managers in Deloitte’s Sustainability Regulation Hub, Magda Puzniak-Holford and Ramon Bravo Gonzalez to discuss what firms should be focusing on to prepare for the deluge of sustainability related regulations. The trio are privileged to be joined by Jane Gimber, Head of Sustainability from Fleishman Hillard a consulting firm based in Brussels, who provides key insights on the impact that the upcoming European Parliamentary elections will have on all of this.

Key questions:

  • What's new on greenwashing?
  • Will regulatory initiatives genuinely mitigate the risk of greenwashing?
  • What key greenwashing challenges will investment management firms have to deal with this year?
  • What is the main problem with ESG data being used for investment decisions?
  • What questions should firms ask themselves whilst formulating their data governance strategy for ESG data?
  • What should firms think about when considering the use of external ESG ratings or creating their own ESG scorecards?

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