Financial Conduct Authority Calls for Improvements in ESG Benchmarks

April 18, 2023

Last month, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that, after conducting a “preliminary review” of ESG benchmarks, “the overall quality of ESG-related disclosures made by benchmark administrators was poor” and improvements were necessary to ensure that the benchmarks were based on quality, consistent, and reliable data. On March 23, 2023, the FCA sent a letter to benchmark administrators explaining that it expected the administrators to develop, and be prepared to explain upon request, their strategies to address a number of issues raised in the letter, which address deficiencies concerning benchmark statements, benchmark methodologies, low carbon benchmarks regulations, and the robustness and reliability of ESG benchmarks.

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