ESMA to launch and participate in Common Supervisory Action on ESG disclosures for Benchmarks Administrators

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s financial markets regulator and supervisor, will launch a Common Supervisory Action (CSA) with National Competent Authorities (NCAs) on ESG disclosures under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). It is the first CSA for ESMA in its role as a direct supervisor of Benchmarks Administrators.

The CSA will focus on supervised benchmarks administrators, located either in the Union or in a third country, that have acquired an authorisation, registration, recognition or endorsement of their benchmarks under the BMR. The goal of the CSA will be to assess compliance of the supervised Benchmarks Administrators with the ESG disclosure requirements in the BMR. The CSA will cover the following aspects:

disclosure of ESG factors in the benchmarks statement and in the benchmarks methodology;
specific disclosure requirements regarding climate benchmarks methodology.
ESMA believes this initiative, and the related sharing of practices across the competent authorities, will help ensure consistent and effective supervision of the ESG disclosures of supervised administrators across the Union, and enhance the comparability of the information provided to users of benchmarks. The CSA contributes to enhancing transparency and addressing greenwashing, one of ESMA’s Union Strategic Supervisory Priorities for NCAs, with a view to protecting investors and further supporting the development of a credible ESG market.

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