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MiFID II and sustainability preferences

A new requirement, which comes into effect in August 2022, means that advisers must now ask their clients about their sustainability preferences as part of the existing MiFID II suitability assessment.

We examine what this means for advisers and how this might be implemented in practice. We also look at which rules need further clarity from regulators.

Here are seven short videos to learn more about the changes:

MiFID II and sustainability preferences: what is this about?

From 2 August 2022, your MiFID II suitability assessment must include an additional question: does your client have sustainability preferences, or not? Watch this step-by-step video that takes you through the conversation.

What is the Taxonomy and how do you show alignment?

We explain what the Taxonomy is and how it identifies which activities are environmentally sustainable.

What is a sustainable investment according to SFDR?

We examine how the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) describes sustainable investment and this definition might mean in practice.

What are PAIs and how are they expressed?

Principal adverse impacts (PAIs) seek to capture any negative effects that an investment portfolio can have on the environment and society. We examine what indicators advisers can use.

How is the sustainability preferences assessment supposed to work in practice?

In this short guide, we show the steps that the sustainability preferences assessment might involve.


What are the tools for advisers?

We outline the European ESG Template (EET) that aims to help advisers to comply with the new sustainability preferences assessment requirement.

What do I need to do now as an adviser?

We outline the key steps advisers can take to prepare for the sustainability preferences assessment.


Find the EET and EMT files here >


Q&A: Everything you need to know about the MiFID II sustainability preferences test

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