FoSDA publishes position paper on framing biodiversity

The FoSDA Biodiversity Working Group held eight meetings during 2023, with discussions among key biodiversity experts from a range of different organizations. The focus was on understanding the current landscape, as well as exploring challenges and opportunities for the sustainable data ecosystem.

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FoSDA welcomes Morningstar Sustainalytics as a new member

13 February 2024

The Future of Sustainable Data Alliance (FoSDA) is delighted to announce the addition of a new member, Morningstar Sustainalytics, part of Morningstar, to the association. This development underscores FoSDA’s dedication to being the leading voice of a sustainable data ecosystem joining EcoVadis who joined in August 2023 and builds out the comprehensive membership across the ecosystem with 12 member [full list available here]. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Morningstar Sustainalytics to FoSDA, the proactive voice of the sustainable data ecosystem”, remarked FoSDA’s Chair Martina Macpherson who chairs the ESG Products and Services Council at SIX. “Morningstar Sustainalytics is joining a group of  leading ESG data, ratings and product providers, which are working with FoSDA to shape, address and direct key developments in policy, research and education. This is a fundamental year for FoSDA when and where we are in the process of redefining the long-term strategic direction for the membership organisation, while we continue to focus on expanding our global presence and influence supported by our membership organisations and their key representatives.”  

Arthur Carabia, Director ESG Policy Research, Morningstar Sustainalytics stated, “We are delighted to join FoSDA to support bringing greater public and investor understanding on sustainable investing. The increased use of ESG ratings and data by investors naturally requires collaboration with policy makers. We are looking forward to helping the FoSDA advance the dialogue and awareness around this important topic.”

As FoSDA continues to grow, new members are playing an important role in advancing FoSDA’s mission and objectives to strengthen the evolution of sustainable finance by providing insights and data-driven expertise to policy makers, standard setters, regulators and market participants.

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FoSDA to speak at City & Financial Global conference on Climate Transition Plans 2024

As the focus shifts from design to implementation of the TPT Framework and sector guidance, City & Financial Global’s 2nd Annual Summit on Transition Plans for Financial Institutions and Listed Companies on the 20 February will provide practical, detailed guidance about the steps that financial firms and companies need to be taking now in order to ensure that they are prepared to meet regulatory expectations and produce transition plans of the required standard.

This important event will gather some of the most senior leaders and experts in this field to share their knowledge, experience and expertise on the steps the companies should be taking now to develop a transition plan within the prescribed time limit.

Key topics to be discussed at the summit

  • Transition Plans as a key element of the Government’s Green Strategy
  • Transition plans as a supervisory tool 
  • Moving from design to implementation of the TPT Framework and Sector Guidance
  • The TPT Framework in the context of other relevant international initiatives, such as the ISSB Standards, the European Sustainability Reporting Standards, TCFD and GFANZ guidance 
  • Integrating transition finance into transition plans
  • How to minimise the potential litigation and activism risks associated with publishing transition plans
  • How investors and other stakeholders will use transition plans

To see the full list of speakers, click here. To register, click here.

FoSDA’s new leadership appointments: a new era of vision

FoSDA is announcing changes to its leadership team. The Alliance has appointed Martina Macpherson as its new chair of the board who will take this position from 31 October for a 4-month term. She will be supported by two Vice-Chairs Richard Mattison and David Harris who will play a pivotal role in guiding FoSDA towards its strategic objectives. Martina will replace Sherry Madera, who has played an instrumental role in shaping the Alliance and will take the honorary role of FoSDA’s Founder.

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