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Greenwashing enforcement not a matter of if but when

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🗞️ Driving the news: Financial institutions have been actively creating and selling products to meet the booming demand for environmentally responsible and sustainable investments
• PwC reported that ESG-related assets reached $18.4tn in 2021 and may hit $33.9tn by 2026. Regulatory bodies worldwide are concerned about the risk of greenwashing

🔭 The context: The lack of clear standards and definitions for positive ESG credentials has created confusion and risk
• Regulators have responded with new rules, such as the EU's sustainable finance disclosure regulation, the SEC's proposed rule changes in the US, and the FCA's consultation on sustainability disclosure requirements in the UK

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Green investments are vital for sustainable development and addressing environmental challenges
• However, misleading claims or "greenwashing" can undermine trust and hinder real progress

⏭️ What's next: Regulators are continuing to enforce and develop rules around ESG disclosures
• In the US, the SEC has already fined institutions like BNY Mellon and Goldman Sachs
The UK's FCA is considering similar measures, and there's an acute risk of enforcement action across jurisdictions

💬 One quote: “It seems that it is not a question of if but when we see greenwashing enforcement actions and litigation” (Matt McCahearty, litigation and dispute resolution expert at Macfarlanes)

📈 One stat: Regulatory bodies such as the EU, US SEC, and UK's FCA have taken varying but active stances on ESG disclosure, with fines already levied in the US totalling $5.5 million against institutions like BNY Mellon and Goldman Sachs

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