Unintentional Greenwashing – Product Classification Challenges for Asset Managers
As mentioned in our previous post on ESG investing, unintentional greenwashing is something that every asset manager needs to avoid. In this post we explore the issues faced when categorising products for which ESG characteristics are claimed. Here we offer some suggestions for the key activities that managers can take to minimise the risk of unintentionally categorising products (e.g., claiming article 8 or 9 status when the product in question does not meet the appropriate criteria under regulatory scrutiny), particularly given the reputational damage that could be suffered having promoted an inappropriately categorised product to the market.
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