Article 9 Funds Underreport on Human Rights and Fossil Fuels

One out of five Article 9 funds, which under EU rules must have “sustainable investment as an objective”, underreport their exposure to fossil fuels, according to new analysis by technology firm Clarity AI. Clarity AI looked at disclosures from fund managers under the European ESG Template (EET) that standardises ESG disclosures required under EU laws like Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and the the EU taxonomy. It is currently voluntary – as mandatory requirements have been pushed back, but a number of asset managers use it. The Clarity AI analysis found that the level of disclosure on human rights under the EET from Article 9 funds is very low. Out of a sample of 830 Article 9 funds, only 5% filled in information on the share of investment in companies involved in violations of the UNGC principles of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Also, when comparing Article 9 fund data on exposure to fossil fuels with Clarity AI data, it was found 21% underreport their exposure to fossil fuels.

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