EU Taxonomy, the Agenda on Sustainability Reporting and the SPACs Boom: Latest Updates from the EU
We have fresh new episodes to bring you the latest and most relevant updates in the world of European policy discussion and development. What you need to know about the EU Taxonomy, the agenda on Corporate governance and Sustainability reporting, and the SPACs boom are discussed by local experts in under 30 minutes.
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The EU Taxonomy: A Stepping Stone to a Green Europe?
The Taxonomy Regulation establishes an EU-wide classification framework to provide businesses and investors with a common language to identify environmentally sustainable economic activities. Companies will be required to disclose their impact in the environment and increase transparency in how they mitigate it. On this episode, Josina Kamerling interviews Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament and former Minister of the Environment in Finland and a strong advocate for the transition to Sustainable Finance. What are the challenges to implement the regulation, and can the Taxonomy remain a neutral scientific method that benefits both companies and retail investors?
The EU agenda on Corporate Governance and Sustainability Reporting
Josina introduces us to the recent developments in corporate governance and reporting to protect retail investors, and the need for a holistic approach in the recent CSRD proposal, the EU legislation that aims to widen the NFRD’s scope and ESG disclosure requirements. She welcomes Olivier Boutellis-Taft, CEO of Accountancy Europe to the show and poses him the question: what is the role of auditors and company boards in the face of global shortages of natural resources, and other key sustainability risks? Investors, more than ever, are looking for succinct and transparent reporting of companies’ environmental impact and risks.
The SPACs Boom: What Do They Mean for Investors and Investment Professionals in the EU?
CFA Institute and BETTER FINANCE address the recent boom of SPACs in a joint research report that brings a pragmatic view of the issues facing European retail investors and investment professionals that are considering a move into this rapidly evolving (and for many, unfamiliar) territory. Roberto Silvestri, Josina Kamerling and Edoardo Carlucci discuss the possible role of SPACs in the context of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) in the EU, and the main regulatory issues concerning transparency and information disclosure, investor protection, and supervision.