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The ISR Real Estate Label Prepares for its Own Revolution

While the end of 2023 saw new developments in the ISR label (awarded to mutual funds), the ISR label for real estate funds (especially REITs and OPCIs) is also gearing up for change. The label committee launched a call for contributions on December 19 to gather feedback and proposals from asset management companies, certifiers, consultants, sector experts, and investors (article). To participate in this consultation, everyone can email by January 26.

Fewer but More Targeted Thematic Funds

According to Les Echos, in 2023, the number of thematic funds registered on the European market decreased (to 770, from 790 at the end of 2022). This marks a significant reversal after several years of strong growth (article). Nevertheless, many companies continue to launch thematic funds, often focusing on specific aspects of the ESG universe. Among the cited themes that have recently led to the launch of specific funds in the French market: responsible fashion, relocation, and strategic autonomy. These are all virtuous approaches for investors concerned about sustainable development and responsible governance.

SFDR: Interesting Proposals in the Framework of the Overhaul Project

As part of the consultation launched in late 2023 by the European Commission to consider a profound overhaul of the SFDR, various asset management players were called upon to express their views. EFAMA and EUROSIF, two European asset management associations, made their responses public on December 21. They propose, among other things, to create a new category of funds dedicated to investments in companies transitioning to more sustainable activities, particularly in the fossil fuel sector. This strategy would entail monitoring impact measures and implementing an active shareholder policy to ensure as rapid a transition as possible, explains L’Agefi (article).

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