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What’s Invesco’s response to SFDR?

Invesco's response to SFDR

Invesco recognises that ESG matters greatly to many of our clients, communities and stakeholders. And it matters to us. Our fundamental belief is that ESG investing is an essential part of the solution to a sustainable future.

But this is not just a belief. We are committed to demonstrating this belief through active ownership and engagement, investment integration, industry advocacy, customised ESG solutions (such as our award-winning low carbon solution) and investment in technology such as our proprietary ESG rating tool ESGintel.

As industry advocates, we welcome the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) that was implemented on 10 March 2021 as part of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan. (Read more: SFDR: Getting ready for 10 March). In response, we have classified all in-scope products in accordance with SFDR and all our AIF & UCITS Funds comply with the requirements under Article 6.

Additionally, we are pleased to confirm that 18 of our existing Funds comply with Article 8 and that imminent launches and reclassifications are in progress that will bring the total number of Article 8 Funds to 28 by the end of May.

But this is just the beginning. While we acknowledge SFDR is just one piece of a very large puzzle, we are committed to delivering an increasing set of Article 8 products for our clients and are reviewing our full range with the expectation of moving more Funds into the Article 8 category by summer this year. And while we currently have no Funds that meet the criteria of Article 9, we will continue to explore this space. Pivoting and launching Funds is a complex, time-consuming process and we look forward to sharing these developments, and others, with you, over the coming months.

Please visit your local country website for a full list of our Article 8 Funds.

A look towards a greener future

The SFDR is part of a broader package of new rules that form part of the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan, and it is just the beginning. While the EU is currently a leader when it comes to developing its sustainability regulatory framework, other jurisdictions are not far behind and we are now seeing a number of international initiatives underway to foster convergence and global consistency. We continue to stay abreast of these developments, educate our clients and are committed to continuously monitoring and developing innovative solutions that best meet the needs of our clients. To learn more about the regulatory drives in sustainable investing, read our latest whitepaper: Shifting Gears: Preparing for the new sustainable finance regulations in Europe.

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