SFA and our ESG Steering Committee are seeking SFA Members to participate in a series of small focus group discussions to establish market participant preferences and priorities for our ESG considerations in structured products. These focus groups will inform priorities and goals for forthcoming ESG workstreams which we are establishing and launching in the coming weeks. Each focus group will be comprised of 10-12 individuals across the structured finance market and/or specific focus areas within structured finance and will engage in an interactive conversation with SFA staff and the other focus group member participants to help map out SFA’s ESG workstreams.
Some of the areas of discussion within the Focus Groups will include:
Expected / planned ESG issuance in structured finance
Focus between ESG investing vs sustainable investing
Relative priority for establishing industry derived disclosure regime for Environmental, Social or Governance factors
Relative importance of ESG info at the collateral, servicer, or originator level
Asset class interests and priorities
Please indicate your interest in joining a focus group by filling out this short form HERE, or if you are unable to access the web survey please respond to this email. Responses are due by 12:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 23.
Thank you and please reach out to Jeff Gudiel for any logistical questions and Kristi Leo for any further questions on this initiative.
NOTE: We will try to accommodate all requests to join the focus groups, but may need to limit the number of participants depending upon interest; but will prioritize having at least one representative from each member firm.