Keynote Speech Verena Ross Chair European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) DSW Conference “ESG – Next Level Reporting, Risk Management, Strategy and Responsibility”

23/11/2021 | ESMA

Introduction

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, Guten Morgen meine Damen und Herren, I would like to thank the Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e.V. (DSW) for inviting me to speak at this event today that focuses on the challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable finance with respect, in particular, to reporting, governance and strategy. This happens to be my first public speaking engagement after taking office as Chair of ESMA, and I think it is very fitting that I do this in front of an investor audience. ESMA has the important mandate to promote investor protection, also vis-à-vis the challenges posed by the current transition towards a more sustainable financial system. In line with the mandate set out in our founding regulation and with our Strategy on Sustainable Finance1 which we published now almost two years ago; we are incorporating ESG factors across the full range of our activities. ESMA, in particular, has a key role in helping investors better understand the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors on their investments and how an investment contributes to a sustainable future.

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