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14 October 2021 Greenwashing (manifestation & prevention): ‘How green is your wash?’ part 2: The genesis of ‘ESG Compliance’

How greenwashing can be prevented, or how the risk of being accused of ‘greenwashing’ can be forestalled by effective compliance.

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14 October 2021 Greenwashing (manifestation and prevention): Part 1: Manifestation: ‘How green is your wash?’

In this article, Jeremy Irving examines the form and nature of greenwashing as submitted in the June 2021 International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) report.

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29 September 2021 Perceptions of insurance business culture from London Market practitioners

The London Market has come under regulatory scrutiny in various respects. Regulators have identified evidence of non-financial misconduct and conduct risk as key cultural touchpoints which might be regarded at best as exceptions to the general run, or at worst as exemplars of a culture that overall is far removed from that which regulators are looking to instill in financial services.

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29 September 2021 Reflect, evaluate, cohere, communicate, evolve: a five-stage approach to developing a better culture

The Financial Conduct Authority has highlighted that non-financial misconduct, which of itself constitutes a breach of principles and rules, has the potential to be an indicator or driver of wider conduct risk – behaviour within firms influences the behaviour of those firms towards customers and other third parties.

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10 September 2021 “All Round ESG-ellence" - Developing an effective ESG Sustainability and Responsibility Programme #1: The fundamentals

UK financial services and other firms will be aware of the growing legal and regulatory pressures they face in respect of climate-related financial risk management, especially in the form of current or prospective disclosures, However, regulators are developing a wider set of expectations and standards in respect of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors.

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COP 26 - what is it and why is it important?

COP 26 is the global United Nations climate change Summit, which will take place in Scotland in November. It comes at a time when climate change, and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is at the top of the political agenda.

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3 August 2021 HARDER TIMES: The effects of Brexit on UK firms’ insurance distribution in the EU

In recent months there have been a number of headlines as to the potential problems for the operating model of Lloyd’s Europe SA (“LESA”). These potential problems could be echoed across UK insurance operations that are focused on cross-border distribution and risk-carrying in relation to EU clients.

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Legal update

14 July 2021 Culture, Conduct and Covid-19: Survey Report 2021

This report focuses on key issues in the financial services and insurance markets such as environmental, social and governance sustainability and responsibility.

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21 May 2021 General insurance (GI) conduct and enforcement risk: Alsford Page & Gems Ltd - reading between lines on root causes of censure

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a public censure of Alsford Page & Gems Ltd (APG).

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21 May 2021 'Netting zero' #3: Technology and climate-related financial risk management (“CRFRM”)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has estimated that US $6.9 trillion a year until 2030 needs investing to meet the Paris Agreement climate change objectives.

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