The FCA has named former Funding Affiliation CEO Daniel Godfrey as chair of its new sustainable finance adviser group.

Julia Dreblow, founding director of SRI Providers, has been appointed vice-chair.

The brand new working group has been tasked with serving to to construct, “functionality in sustainable finance throughout the monetary recommendation sector.“

The Private Funding Administration & Monetary Recommendation Affiliation (PIMFA), the wealth administration commerce physique, will present the secretariat for the group, together with admin assist.

The FCA says the appointments observe its publication in November final 12 months of a package deal of measures to assist the UK’s place as a, “world-leading, aggressive centre for asset administration and sustainable funding.”

The working group will assist advisers in serving to them give recommendation to purchasers on sustainable merchandise and to evaluation claims about sustainability.

One purpose of the group will likely be offering assist to chop by ‘greenwashing’ – false or exaggerated claims concerning the sustainable nature of some investments.

The FCA will sit as an ‘energetic observer’ of the group and says it needs to be able to report on how the recommendation sector could be supported in delivering “good apply” on sustainable merchandise within the second half of 2024.

The chair of the brand new group will appoint the group’s membership from throughout the recommendation sector, together with small and bigger {industry} members. The working group may also interact with stakeholders exterior of the group to make sure a balanced illustration of views, together with these of shoppers.

Mr Godfrey stated: “I’m deeply honoured and excited to have been requested by the FCA to chair the Advisers’ Sustainability Group, alongside my vice-chair Julia Dreblow and with the assist of PIMFA.

“We intend to maneuver rapidly to nominate a set of members to the group that represents all stakeholders. The undertaking will moreover search the widest doable vary of views.

“It’s important that advisers are empowered to completely comprehend and combine sustainability dangers as materials monetary issues. Collectively they will help to steer the entire funding {industry} in direction of an alignment of funding methods with the long-term wants and values of purchasers.”

Sacha Sadan, FCA director of environmental, social & governance, stated: “We’re delighted that Daniel, Julia and PIMFA have agreed to steer the working group. This necessary undertaking will profit from their mixed expertise and experience.

“We consider within the worth of options being led and designed by {industry} and stay up for seeing the group deal with sensible concepts to assist the recommendation sector in constructing its capabilities on sustainable finance.”

The FCA plans a package deal of measures to enhance the “belief and transparency of sustainable funding merchandise.”

The Sustainability Disclosure Necessities and funding labels regime consists of product labels and naming and advertising and marketing necessities in addition to a session on an industry-wide anti-greenwashing rule.

Mr Godfrey serves on Authorized and Common’s Unbiased Governance Committee and is a senior adviser to Moneybox and ShareAction. He’s a member of the FRC’s Unbiased Advisory Panel and a visiting fellow of the World Methods Institute at Exeter College. He was chief government of the Funding Affiliation between 2012 and 2015.

Julia Dreblow is the founding director of SRI Providers and Fund EcoMarket. She has specialised in retail sustainable funding for over 25 years, together with latest work because the technical writer of the brand new BSI sustainable fund customary PAS 7342 and of PIMFA’s ESG Academy.

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