Rapidly evolving ESG landscape highlighted at JFA masterclass

June 13, 2023

New regulation and industry wide adoption of ESG and sustainability metrics have created significant opportunities for service providers, while data management now occupies a central role in achieving ESG compliance, both in the eyes of regulators and investors.

Expert speakers at a recent Masterclass event, organised by the Jersey Funds Association, provided valuable insights into these dynamic developments and their implications for the local industry.

The event, held on 6th June at the Royal Yacht Hotel, attracted over 40 industry participants from Jersey's funds sector. The guest speakers explored various key topics, including the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, Jersey's potential to grow as a leading centre for ESG funds, the integration of ESG principles in private equity, and the growing importance of data management in the ESG sphere.

The event emphasised the intricate nature of global ESG and sustainable investment regulation, noting the considerable differences in disclosure frameworks between Europe, the US and Asia. The differences present clear opportunities for Jersey domiciled service providers, managers and funds, who may opt in or out of differing jurisdictional frameworks, while relying on the robustness of the JFSC as their home regulator.

As global standards continue to evolve, especially in relation to nature and climate disclosures, the significance of "financial grade" data management is poised to grow. This, according to visiting speaker Antonello Argenziano, creates potential avenues for fund administrators and managers aiming to drive progress and differentiate themselves.

The speakers highlighted Jersey’s strong position, underscoring the alignment of its flexible ESG disclosure framework with international standards and that Jersey implemented anti-greenwashing rules in 2021, with further enhancements in the pipeline.

Tom Powell, Chair of the JFA's ESG Sub-Committee and CEO of Amthe Capital, led the first session on regulation and disclosure. Powell remarked: "Our latest Masterclass offered industry participants a valuable opportunity to delve into crucial areas of regulatory progress in the ESG investment landscape. The rapidly evolving lexicon of acronyms can be overwhelming. There is a genuine sense that Jersey's expertise in administration, data management, risk, compliance, and governance is highly desirable as the industry continues its forward momentum."

He continued: “It’s really important that as a jurisdiction Jersey continues to tell its story in this area, because it has a fantastic story to tell.”

The JFA thanks all those who attended and facilitated the event. More about Jersey’s proposition in sustainable finance can be found here.

The speakers at the masterclass were: Tom Powell, CEO of Amthe Capital - Jersey; Alison Cambray, ESG, Sustainability & NetZero Director at PwC Channel Islands; David Postlethwaite, ESG Associate Director at KPMG in Jersey; Antonello Argenziano, Product Director at Intertrust Luxembourg; and Jane Burns, Sustainability and Climate Change Engagement Manager for the Government of Jersey.