Responsible & Sustainable Investment (RSI) Committee

Responsible & Sustainable Investment (RSI) Committee

Purpose

The RSI Committee will develop understanding, engage with regulators, and the Social Impact of Investing Taskforce and look to implementation plans and industry guidance for RSI (Responsible & Sustainable Investment).

Areas of focus

  1. To produce TISA Guides for RSI Implementation and Data Templates addressing firms reporting and regulatory requirements and obligations for asset managers, wealth managers and distributors.
  2. To produce customer-facing documentation incorporating meeting firms’ disclosure requirements.

Jeffrey Mushens, Technical Policy Director leads on this work at TISA

Specific outputs already achieved

  1. The Partners Working Group ensured that all appropriate bodies (trade associations and relevant bodies working in this area,such as Corporation of London, Green Finance Institute, Impact Investing Institute, UNPRI, International Capital Markets Association, UKSIF, British Standards Institute, etc) have been included either as part of process, consulted or informed, so that the Guides meet the needs of the firms and their customers. 
  2. The Glossary/Definitions Working Group supported the IA in producing a common glossary of definitions to be used in the Guides. 
  3. The Legal Timelines Working Group established an agreed timeline for introduction of legislation/regulation and implementation.  This will be updated as new consultations and legislation is announced, covering EU and UK.  

Further outputs still to be achieved 

  1. Set of templates for Communicating with Customers – To be developed by a working group meeting fortnightly.
  2. Overarching review and control provided by Steering Group meeting once every two months. 

Additional information

A Hackathon, organised by two deputy chairs, brought together industry participants (vendors, asset managers, distributors) to understand the challenges in sourcing ESG data, its consistency and how ESG could be visualised.  This data will be fed into the RSI working groups to inform their outputs; the Committee will review the outputs and agree actions to be taken.   

Final suitability and rules were expected June 2020, after which the outputs above will be reviewed and updated as necessary prior to publication.  Any changes required by implementation of the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan, including Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and Taxonomy, will be incorporated as appropriate.

Please find a common terminology and definition reference here along with TISA Environment, Social and Governance (ESG): List of key bodies and entities

Participating member firms

Chair: Robert Howard, Charles Stanley

Deputy: Philip Spyropoulos, Eversheds Sutherland

ACOLIN Fund Services AG

Aegon UK Plc

Allen & Overy LLP

Altus Limited

AIC

ATOS

Aviva Investors

Aviva Plc

Baillie Gifford & Co

Brewin Dolphin Ltd

Brooks Macdonald Asset Management Ltd

Charles Stanley & Co Ltd

Colchester Global Investors Limited

Crealogix

Dentons

Deutsche Bank

Devlin Mambo LLP

Distributor Due Diligence Ltd

Ernst & Young

Eversheds Sutherland

FE Fundinfo

Impact Investing Institute

M&G Investments

Morningstar UK Ltd

Norton Rose Fulbright

Optima Consulting Partners Limited

Pictet Asset Management

Pinsent Masons LLP

Quilter Cheviot Limited

R3 Limited

Rathbone Bros Plc

Simmons & Simmons

SIX Financial Information

Smith & Williamson Investment Services Ltd

St James’s Place Wealth Management

Taylor Wessing

UKSPA

Social Responsibility Groups & Resources

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