The AMF publishes its roadmap for sustainable finance
Sustainable finance is one of the AMF's eight top priorities for 2018 and a building block of its "#Supervision 2022" strategy published at the start of the year. This roadmap describes how the AMF intends to respond to trends observed on the market and to integrate sustainable finance goals into all its activities.
In addition to major political initiatives such as the signature of the Paris Agreement in 2015 and the publication of the European Commission's sustainable finance action plan last March, several developments have played a role in shifting the perceptions and practices of the financial community over the past few years. Increased awareness of climate risk, the growing consensus recognising that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors influence the performance of investment portfolios, and the rapid growth of responsible investing and the green bond market are a few examples of this transformation.
In a context where the emergence of a financial model that better incorporates sustainability issues appears to be an underlying market trend at many levels - from firms to asset managers and investors - the regulator will focus on several priorities:
- supporting market participants and raising awareness in order to foster good practices;
- encouraging innovation for sustainable finance;
- supervising the various players, notably to ensure the relevance of the information provided;
- collaborating with other regulators and participating in European and international regulatory work;
- educating savers in order to help them understand this new product offering.
As further proof of its commitment, the AMF is announcing the creation of a new Strategy and Sustainable Finance Unit led by Julie Ansidei, Secretary of the Executive Committee. This unit will draw on a multidisciplinary task force from various AMF departments in order to implement this roadmap transversely.
"The financing needs to ensure the transition to an economic model that protects our environment are vast. If the financial industry does not demonstrate its usefulness in ensuring this transition, it will miss an opportunity to regain the trust of our fellow European citizens. The regulator has an important role to play in supporting and encouraging this development, whilst ensuring that the conditions for confidence are preserved," said AMF Chairman Robert Ophèle.
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