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    2024-05-20

ESG 1.1 Purpose and application

Purpose

ESG 1.1.1 G

1The ESG sourcebook sets out rules and guidance concerning a firm’s approach to environmental, social and governance matters.

ESG 1.1.2 G

1 ESG 1A and ESG 2 contain2rules and guidance regarding the disclosure of climate-related financial information consistent with TCFD Recommendations and Recommended Disclosures.

ESG 1.1.3 G

1The disclosure requirements within ESG 2 relate to either the assets that a firm manages or administers generally, published in a TCFD entity report, or assets relating or corresponding to particular financial products or services, disclosed via TCFD product reports.

ESG 1.1.3A G

2 ESG 3 applies to all firms and sets out the way in which the rules and guidance in ESG 4 and ESG 5 apply to different types of firm. Although most of the rules in ESG 4 and ESG 5 apply to managers, a number of rules apply to distributors and some also apply to firms more generally.

ESG 1.1.3B G

2 ESG 4 sets out ‘anti-greenwashing’ rules and guidance which apply to a firm, regardless of whether or not it is undertaking sustainability in-scope business, with respect to references the firm makes about the sustainability characteristics of a product or service.

ESG 1.1.3C G

2 ESG 4 also contains the rules and guidance which apply to a manager that is undertaking sustainability in-scope business, restricting the use of a sustainability label in relation to a sustainability product unless certain criteria are met and setting out naming and marketing conditions in relation to those products. In addition, ESG 4 contains rules and guidance which apply to distributors that distributesustainability products and recognised schemes, including ETFs that are recognised schemes, to retail clients.

ESG 1.1.3D G

2 ESG 5 contains the rules and guidance which apply to a manager undertaking sustainability in-scope business with respect to the consumer-facing disclosure, pre-contractual disclosure, public product-level sustainability report and (where applicable) on-demand sustainability information that the manager must produce in relation to a sustainability product, together with rules and guidance requiring a manager to produce an entity-level report.

ESG 1.1.4 G

1The TCFD-related2 disclosures are intended to help meet the information needs of market participants, including a firm’s institutional clients (e.g. pension trustees, employers and corporate investors) and consumers of their products (e.g. pension scheme members and retail investors), in relation to the climate-related impact and risks of a firm’sTCFD in-scope business.

ESG 1.1.4A G

2The sustainability-related rules and guidance in ESG 4 and ESG 5 are also intended to help meet the information needs of market participants, including a firm’sretail clients and institutional clients in relation to the sustainability characteristics of a sustainability product and the sustainability-related risks and opportunities in relation to a manager’ssustainability in-scope business.

ESG 1.1.5 G

1The FCA recognises that at least for a transitional period there may be data and methodological challenges. Nevertheless, we expect firms to provide sufficient information to clients and consumers. Firms should still disclose metrics and quantitative scenario analysis or examples in accordance with the rules in this sourcebook where such disclosure would remain fair, clear and not misleading. Firms should also appropriately explain any limitations on their ability to disclose and the steps being taken to address those limitations.

ESG 1.2 General application

ESG 1.2.1 R

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ESG 1.2.2 R

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ESG 1.2.3 G

2The specific application of the rules and guidance in ESG 2, ESG 4 and ESG 5 is set out in ESG 1A and ESG 3.

ESG 1.2.4 G
  1. (1)

    2The table at ESG 1.2.4G(2) provides a general overview as to how the rules in ESG 2, ESG 4 and ESG 5 apply to firms.

  2. (2)

    This table belongs to ESG 1.2.4G(1).

    Type of firm

    Applicable provisions

    All firms

    ESG 4.1.1R(1);

    ESG 4.3.1R

    Distributors

    ESG 4.1.1R(1);

    ESG 4.1.16R to ESG 4.1.19R;

    ESG 4.3.1R.

    Asset managers

    A firm managing a UK UCITS or an AIF, excluding:

    ESG 2 (except for ESG 2.3.5R to ESG 2.3.8R relating to on-demand TCFD information);

    ESG 4 (except for ESG 4.1.16R to ESG 4.1.19R relating to distributors) only in relation to UK UCITS and UK AIFs;

    ESG 5 (except for ESG 5.5.13R to ESG 5.5.15R relating to on demand sustainability information) only in relation to UK UCITS and UK AIFs.

    (a)

    a firm managing a feeder fund; or

    (b)

    a full-scope UK AIFM or a small authorised UK AIFM managing an unauthorised AIF not listed on a recognised investment exchange;

    A firm managing a feeder fund

    ESG 4.1.2R to ESG 4.1.8R, ESG 4.1.13R and ESG 4.1.14R;

    ESG 4.3.1R to ESG 4.3.8R;

    ESG 5.6

    A firm that is a full-scope UK AIFM or a small authorised UK AIFM managing an unauthorised AIF not listed on a recognised investment exchange

    ESG 2 (except for ESG 2.3.1R to ESG 2.3.4R relating to a public TCFD product report);

    ESG 4 (except for ESG 4.1.16R to ESG 4.1.19R relating to distributors) only in relation to UK AIFs;

    ESG 5 (except in relation to the preparation of Part B of a public product-level sustainability report) only in relation to UK AIFs.

    Asset owners

    A firm in table ESG 1A.1.1R(2), Part B

    ESG 2 (except for ESG 2.3.5R to ESG 2.3.8R relating to on-demand TCFD information);

    ESG 4.1.1R(1);

    ESG 4.3.1R.