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Difference between SFDR article 6,8 and 9

The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) is a regulation introduced by the European Union to promote sustainability in the financial sector. It requires financial market participants and financial advisors to disclose information on the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in their investment processes and products.

SFDR categorizes financial products into three different levels of sustainability: Article 6, Article 8, and Article 9. These articles indicate the level of sustainability and the extent to which ESG factors are considered in the investment process. Here's a breakdown of each article:

  1. SFDR Article 6: This category represents products that do not promote environmental or social characteristics explicitly. Article 6 products are not required to have a specific focus on sustainability but must still comply with the transparency and disclosure requirements of SFDR. These products may include traditional financial products that do not consider ESG factors as a key part of their investment strategy.

  2. SFDR Article 8: Article 8 covers financial products that promote environmental or social characteristics. These products are designed to have a sustainable investment objective, but they do not necessarily have a specific focus on sustainable finance as their primary goal. Article 8 products must disclose how the environmental or social characteristics are met and provide transparency on the sustainability aspects.

  3. SFDR Article 9: Article 9 represents financial products with a specific focus on sustainable finance. These products have sustainable investment as their core objective and aim to have a substantial positive impact on environmental or social sustainability. Article 9 products must provide detailed information on how they integrate sustainability factors into their investment strategy, including their methodologies and the specific sustainability targets they pursue.

It's important to note that the SFDR disclosure requirements differ for each article, with higher transparency and reporting obligations for Article 8 and Article 9 products compared to Article 6 products. Investors and consumers can use these categories to better understand the sustainability characteristics and objectives of financial products and make informed investment decisions aligned with their preferences.

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