Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)
Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of the European Parliament on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector, with the aim of increasing transparency regarding the sustainability of financial products.
Link: Regulation (EU) 2019/2088
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Please cite this register in conjunction with the following article:
Hummel, K., Jobst, D., 2023. An Overview of Corporate Sustainability Reporting Regulations in the European Union. https://ssrn.com/abstract=3978478.
The SFDR was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council with the aim of increasing transparency regarding the sustainability of financial products and strengthening investor protection. Along with the Taxonomy Regulation, the SFDR forms an integral part of the EU Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth (COM(2018) 97 final). The Regulation introduced harmonized EU-wide disclosure rules regarding the sustainability of financial products.
|Adoption of the regulation:||November 2019|
|Application:||The SFDR has gradually been phased in, with the first disclosure requirements being effective since 10 March 2021.|
The SFDR applies to ...
financial market participants (e.g., a credit institution or investment firm providing portfolio management) and
financial advisers (e.g., a credit institution or investment firm providing investment advice)
Website disclosure on:
An entity’s policies for integrating sustainability risks in the investment process and financial advice (Article 3)
Due diligence policies about how an entity considers principal adverse impacts (PAIs)1 on sustainability factors (Article 4)
Integration of sustainability risks in remuneration policies (Article 5)
Integration of sustainability risks in investment decisions or investment/insurance advice; assessment of impacts of sustainability risks on financial returns (Article 6); comply-or-explain
For financial market participants that consider PAIs: consideration of the product’s PAIs on sustainability factors (Article 7); comply-or-explain
For products that promote ‘environmental’ or ‘social’ characteristics (Article 8): information on how the characteristics are met as well as disclosure on alignment with the EU Taxonomy
For ‘products with sustainable investment objective’ (Article 9): explanation of how the objective is met as well as disclosure on alignment with the EU Taxonomy
Website disclosure for Article 8 and 9 products:
Description of the characteristics/objectives and methodologies
The precontractual disclosures provided for Article 8 and 9 products
Information in periodic reports:
Information regarding the consideration of PAIs on sustainability factors (Article 7)
For Article 8 products: information on the extent to which characteristics are met
For Article 9 products: overall sustainabilityrelated impact in comparison to any used reference index and a broad market index
Utilization of information in management reports/nonfinancial statements (NFRD) possible
1 PAIs are ‘effects on sustainability factors that are negative, material or likely to be material’
Regulatory technical standards
In April 2022, the European Commission also adopted a delegated regulation on regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying the details of the content, methodologies and presentation of disclosures (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/1288). Those standards are set to apply from 1 January 2023 onward.
Updates to this page:
|20 March 2023||Update to the current status of the SFDR.|