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ESG regulation

BlackRock to streamline ESG reporting

Consortium of LPs will use ESG Outreach, an extension of eFront’s Insight platform, for ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

400 PRI signatories used EU taxonomy last year

Around 10% of total signatories adopted taxonomy on voluntarily basis before it became a mandatory obligation

Another ESG regulation

Despite numerous ESG related rules hitting private equity over the past year, Brexit means more burdensome regulations for managers to digest and comply with. What does the proposed UK Green Taxonomy mean for PE, and how does it fit into the existing ESG regulatory matrix?

JTC launches virtual chief sustainability officer service

The outsourced offering aims to help clients to understand, definite and implement their own ESG strategy, policies and reporting

EU Commission publishes finalised RTS under SFDR

The Commission Delegated Regulation will come into force on 1 January 2023, when SFDR is expected to come into effect

Comment: Unlocking private markets’ ESG potential

Hemal Mehta, founder and CEO of AtomInvest discusses the importance of sophisticated tech when it comes to ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

Aztec hires head of ESG and sustainability

Caroline Mantoura joins from Accenture, having served as director of operations

ESG Book adds ESG data convergence project metrics

Private equity GPs and LPs, globally, will now have access to meaningful, performance-based, comparable sustainability data from private companies

GRI most popular ESG reporting framework

The framework is widely used across the US and Western Europe because it’s considered the most comprehensive standard for sustainability reporting

Key reporting deadlines for Q2 2022

Need to know dates for private equity filings in the second quarter of 2022

TNFD framework open for consultation

Taskforce for Nature-based Financial Disclosures aims to build upon the approach taken by TCFD and align with the emerging global baseline for sustainability standards

LISTEN: Lessons learned with Steve Darrington

Our latest podcast details his approach to risk management, walking the line between optimism and realism, and thinking the unthinkable.

5 minutes with… Monel Amin, DiligenceVault

“One of the biggest friction points we see is the lack of standardisation. Diligence standards have emerged, but adoption remains sub-scale.”

ESG outsourcing: who’s who?

We've compiled a directory of who does what when it comes to ESG outsourcing, to help get those boxes ticked.

PRI: DEI is more than just gender and diversity

According to PRI, LPs have a vital role in affecting systemic change on DEI issues, not only within their own organisations but also wider society

GPs need more clarity to create ESG funds

EY’s latest report found the majority of GPs don’t plan to offer ESG products this year, citing lack of standardised methodologies and appropriate risk/returns profiles as reasons why

IIGCC publishes net zero guidance for PE

The guidance aims to incorporate net zero strategies for institutional investors with multi-asset portfolios

100 LPs and GPs commit to ESG data convergence project

The group aims to streamline ESG data collection and reporting, leading to greater transparency

SFDR remains a double-edged sword

The benefits and challenges of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) were put to debate at our recent ESG conference

EDC to collect ESG data

Collecting data annually using one platform with a standardised methodology, allows for consistent, comparable pan-European statistics

Navigating new rules

Ropes & Gray partner, Eve Ellis, takes a look back at private equity fund regulations throughout 2021, and looks ahead to what's in store for 2022 and beyond

Invest Europe developing ESG reporting standards

The new standards are expected to be developed and established by summer 2022

PE vs ESG

The mindset required to genuinely achieve ESG aims inherently conflicts with the numerical and return-driven mindset needed to deliver private equity success. How can these mindsets converge to achieve both?

LP/GP power balance set to shift

Intertrust has identified the key technology trends which will impact private equity in 2022

Comment: The year ESG went mainstream

Sofiya Bumagin, managing associate at Linklaters discusses how ESG is fast becoming a PE megatrend, and the challenges yet to be overcome

Deep dive collection

Selection of The Drawdown’s extended analysis features from 2021

5 minutes with… Novata

CEO Alex Friedman: “Ultimately, you can develop the world’s best product, but if people don’t find it easy to use, it won’t serve society very well. A simple, intuitive user interface is a big focus for us.”

European LPs: anti-greenwashing regulation won’t work

Only 44% of European LPs are optimistic about anti-greenwashing regulation making it easier to distinguish true environment-related claims from greenwashing, according to Coller Capital

Majority of managers say greenwashing is a problem

Most managers support the FCA’s adoption of the TCFD reporting framework

Compliance calendar

Need to know dates for your diary as UK rules diverge post-Brexit, as well as upcoming key European regulations

EU delays SFDR, again

The European Commission has delayed application by a further six months to 1 January 2023

Profile: Richard Burrett, Earth Capital

The chief sustainability officer discusses the firm's proprietary tool, Earth Dividend, challenges around certifying as a Guernsey Green Fund as well as what he thinks of the FCA's proposed climate-related disclosures

LPs: PE needs stricter oversight and regulation

According to Edelman, 74% of LPs believe there needs to be stricter oversight and regulation of PE

The big picture

Riverside Europe COO Dörte Höppner, details why private equity should consider ESG regulations as a chance to positively contribute to the global effort against climate change

FCA seeks views on ESG criteria for funds

The paper, which forms part of the regulator’s wider ESG framework, aims to help consumers navigate their sustainability characteristics

BC Partners joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials

Membership marks the first private equity firm to join the PCAF

MSCI and Burgiss launch Carbon Footprinting tool

Tool combines private company data from Burgiss with modelling developed by MSCI ESG Research for estimating corporate carbon emissions

LPs increasingly aware of data gaps in ESG reporting

The quality of ESG reporting is improving in private equity, but not enough areas are being covered

IPEM 2021: Europe leads the way for ESG

Magnus Billing, CEO of Alecta talks about Europe being a leader for ESG, and why PE firms have a great opportunity to be catalysts in reaching the sustainability goals

IPEM 2021: PE’s big challenge

Cornelia Gomez, head of ESG & sustainability at PAI Partners talks about why measuring the carbon footprint of the portfolio is not enough

IPEM 2021: PE is ready

Claire Chabrier, president of France Invest discusses how the Covid pandemic has accelerated innovation, climate issues and social responsibility

ESG disclosure divergence

The FCA's climate-related disclosure proposals mark the first policy disclosure divergence in post-Brexit UK for private equity; how do the new rules stack up against the European Commission's SFDR?

Profile: Stella Morse, Inverleith

The CFO discusses joining the private equity firm from the consumer world, what she thinks of the latest ESG regulations and setting up Inverleith's first institutional fund

Domicile watch: August 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including the FCA's third consultation paper on UK IFPR, Guernsey's appointment of a strategic adviser for green and sustainable finance and Hong Kong's SFC amended fund manager code of conduct

Ogier launches ESG compliance tool

The tool aims to help fund managers get up to speed with ESG themes, terminology, regulatory requirements as well as climate-related risk in portfolio management

ILPA launches LP ESG framework

The framework helps LPs evaluate and benchmark GP responses to DD, inform goal setting conversations with GPs and measure ESG integration progress over time

EU delays SFDR application date

SFDR application has moved from 1 January 2022 to 1 July 2022 to ensure a smooth implementation of the standards

Lack of standardisation biggest threat to ESG

“Without one standardised framework for reporting standards, we will continue to see firms mixing and matching various guidelines, hindering long-term process in the area.”

Domicile watch: June 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Guernsey's updated code of corporate governance, Luxembourg's FAQ on MiFID application and Cyprus' new form related to cross-border activities

FCA proposes climate-related disclosures

The proposals aim to increase transparency while enabling clients to make considered choices while remaining proportionate for firms

Comment: The importance of being idle

Corona not only cleared the skies but also our minds, writes Riverside Europe COO, Dörte Höppner

LPs increasingly concerned by tax and regulatory changes

43% of LPs identified regulatory changes as the greatest risk to PE returns

Comment: ESG and fund finance

Michael Mbayi of Wildgen and Thomas Hallett of Barclays explore how funds can embrace ESG fund finance solutions

New horizons: Carbon pricing

Professor Gianfranco Gianfrate, Climate Finance Lead and Professor of Finance at the EDHEC-Risk Institute, says carbon pricing is happening and managers need to prepare

Private equity must address climate change risk

“Climate change presents unprecedented business opportunities for the industry in addition to risks”

SFDR: EFAMA calls for Taxonomy consistency

The association has identified key issues which need to be addressed by the ESAs

AlpInvest secures ESG-linked sub-line

ABN AMRO arranged the facility while Rabobank acted as sustainability co-ordinator

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 2

The second instalment of a recent podcast discussion examined industry body reporting efforts, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

WATCH: Cybersecurity, and ESG concern

Cybersecurity is a matter of good governance, as well as reputation and risk management - putting it at the heart of ESG practices

Green washing up

The SFDR aims to combat greenwashing, but what is actually expected from PE firms, and what do the new rules mean for operational leaders?