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16 Labels and 1 rating to assess quality
We analyzed 16 quality labels and 1 rating issued by specialized, independent certification bodies.
All support and disseminate best sustainability practices in Europe and provide substantial help in countering greenwashing.
What is a label?
Labels are 'sustainability labels' granted by specialised, independent certification bodies, at the request of trade unions, non-profit associations, national governments or the European Union.
Each investment product concerned must demonstrate that it meets the eligibility criteria defined by the Label.
Each label has its own precise objective, from which derive minimum conditions to be met by the products that want to obtain it.
Some Labels are thematic and reward, for example, funds or bonds dedicated to theenvironment or solidarity. Others are generalist and reward socially responsible funds (SRI).
What differences are there between the various Labels?
What is the difference between a rating and a label?
A rating is a quantitative merit note, calculated according to a rigorous methodology, for the purpose of comparing different instruments with each other.
The Climetrics rating, for instance, assigns from 1 to 5 'leaves' to funds with the best climate impact based on their management policy, their Portfolio and the governance of Society .
Yes. All rating labels and Society are totally independent. They rely on the cooperation of experts from academia, control institutions and Society .
They are valuable aids in the fight against greenwashing.
Who finances the Labels?
In general, the fund manager pays a membership fee and an annual audit cost as the certifying body verifies that the funds continue to meet minimum quality and sustainability requirements over time.
Some labels and ratings are free and/or financed by governments or the European Union.
When the certifying bodies notice an anomaly, they alert the manager and request corrective action. If at the next verification, nothing has changed, the fund is removed from the official list of labelled funds.
And if the bottom does not comply with the rules of the Label ?
How do you deal with Labels in Positive Finance?
Our evaluations of the funds take into account the labels received.
We analyse the required criteria and verifications performed during the labelling process, which we consider to be 'trusted third parties ', and keep the list of labelled funds up-to-date.
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Generalist, dedicated to environmental protection in general or to specific environmental aspects, social, philanthropic. The labels cover a very wide range of evaluation criteria for investment funds.
Sustainable Generalist Funds
Sustainable funds with EU Ecolabels
Other Environmental Labels and Ratings
Specialized labels with a social vocation
Certifications of Ethicality
Green Bonds (Environmental Impact Bonds)
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