Policy Responses and Representations

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’s consultation on TCFD-aligned disclosures for asset managers and others
09/09/2021

UKSIF Response: FCA’s consultation on TCFD-aligned disclosures for asset managers and others

UKSIF is pleased to respond to this very important consultation from the FCA on TCFD-aligned disclosures for asset managers and others, and some of the main points in our response are as follows: UKSIF and our members support the vast majority of the FCA’s proposals, including the scope for firms, timeframe for implementation, and core…

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Eurosif Response: EU Platform on Sustainable Finance consultations on social and extended environmental taxonomies
06/09/2021

Eurosif Response: EU Platform on Sustainable Finance consultations on social and extended environmental taxonomies

Through Eurosif, we responded to the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance consultations on a social taxonomy and extended environmental taxonomy. In our response, we highlight our support in principle for a social and a significant harm taxonomy but we harbour reservations on the Intermediate Performance and the No Significant Impact categories, as the usability of…

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UKSIF Response: BEIS Committee Net Zero Governance inquiry
26/08/2021

UKSIF Response: BEIS Committee Net Zero Governance inquiry

UKSIF is pleased to respond to the BEIS Committee’s Net Zero Governance inquiry, which is examining the leadership and co-ordination needed by government to deliver on the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050. In our response, we express our view that action on climate change and sustainability broadly should be more deeply embedded…

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UKSIF appointed to FCA’s Digital Sandbox Expert Advisory Panel
20/07/2021

UKSIF appointed to FCA’s Digital Sandbox Expert Advisory Panel

UKSIF is delighted to have been appointed, alongside other industry groups, to the FCA and City of London Corporation’s Digital Sandbox Expert Advisory Panel. Through our role on the Panel, we will support the testing and development of new products and services in the area of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data and disclosure, and…

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UKSIF Response: BEIS ‘White Paper’ on reforms to audit and corporate governance
08/07/2021

UKSIF Response: BEIS ‘White Paper’ on reforms to audit and corporate governance

UKSIF has responded to BEIS’s Open consultation-Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance: proposals on reforms. In our response, we call for government to lay out as soon as possible a specific timeframe for the implementation of the proposals, including introducing legislation this year to put the new regulator on a statutory footing. We voice…

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UKSIF gives evidence to Work and Pensions Select Committee
30/06/2021

UKSIF gives evidence to Work and Pensions Select Committee

On 30 June 2021, UKSIF’s Chief Executive, James Alexander, gave evidence to the UK Parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee alongside representatives from Make My Money Matter and the Investment Association. The Committee’s questioning focused on fiduciary duties, data availability, international standards and net zero targets. This evidence session was immediately followed by evidence from…

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UKSIF Response: Work and Pensions Committee Call for Evidence-Pension stewardship and COP26
16/06/2021

UKSIF Response: Work and Pensions Committee Call for Evidence-Pension stewardship and COP26

UKSIF has responded to the Work and Pension Committee’s Call for Evidence-Pension stewardship and COP26. In our response, we welcome the Committee’s inquiry considering how we can collectively better support pension schemes to make more sustainability-conscious investment decisions, and identify ways the UK can demonstrate leadership ahead of COP26. This includes the UK acting swiftly…

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UKSIF Response: DWP call for evidence on social issues in pensions
15/06/2021

UKSIF Response: DWP call for evidence on social issues in pensions

UKSIF has responded to DWP’s call for evidence on the consideration of social risks and opportunities by occupational pension schemes. In our response, UKSIF draws on the views of our deep asset owner membership and network, who we consulted in a private roundtable discussion to consider the main areas and themes in the call for…

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Eurosif Letter to European Commission on EU’s new Sustainable Finance Strategy
14/06/2021

Eurosif Letter to European Commission on EU’s new Sustainable Finance Strategy

UKSIF was pleased to contribute to Eurosif’s letter to the European Commission on the EU’s renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. Among other asks, our letter called for a pivot towards focusing on the transition journey, by defining a set of robust sectoral transition pathway for different sectors of the economy. Full details are below- https://www.eurosif.org/letter-to-the-commission-on-the-new-eu-sustainable-finance-strategy/

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Green Technical Advisory Group: UKSIF confirmed as member of group advising on UK’s ‘green taxonomy’
09/06/2021

Green Technical Advisory Group: UKSIF confirmed as member of group advising on UK’s ‘green taxonomy’

We are very pleased that UKSIF has been appointed a member of The Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG), which will oversee the Government’s delivery of a “Green Taxonomy” – a common framework setting the bar for investments that can be defined as environmentally sustainable. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-independent-group-to-help-tackle-greenwashing See below our supportive quote for the launch of the…

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