Sebi proposes new norms for mutual funds’ ESG investments

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has proposed to revise the investment norms for mutual fund schemes that invest as per the ESG (Environment, Sustainability and Governance) philosophy.

The markets regulator has proposed that from October 1, 2022, asset management companies should only invest in securities with Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report (BRSR) disclosures.

The existing investments in the schemes for which there are no BRSR disclosures would be grandfathered by Sebi until September 30, 2023. In ESG investing, a fund manager picks companies whose operations are considered socially responsible.

Schemes, which invest in overseas securities, could choose any global equivalent of the BRSR specified by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), Sebi said in a discussion paper.

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