Start of the application period for the FNG-Label 2023

For the eighth time, asset managers now have the opportunity to apply with their products for the SRI quality standard on the German-speaking market.

The application period for the FNG-Label 2023 begins on 04.04.2022 and ends on 07.07.2022. In the last few years, the number of applicants has increased continuously from around 50 to nearly 300.

IMPORTANT: Applicants who have been registered already, please log in with the existing account information.

ESG INSIDE: Information for product managers

Advertising sustainability is easy. Therefore, it is even more important to verify genuine quality and make it visible. Show investors and distribution partners at a glance that your sustainable products meet or exceed today’s expectations for sustainability funds.

The assessment team from Prof. Dr. Timo Busch’s chair at the Sustainable Finance Research Group of the University of Hamburg assesses the funds independently. An external and independent committee of experts supervises the process. Use this label to guarantee and signal the quality of your sustainable products. As an external due diligence, the FNG-Label is your „sparring partner“, strengthens your sales, customer loyalty and reputation.

Application period FNG-Label 2023:
04.04.2022 to 07.07.2022
Review and assessment process/feedback: until 14.10.2022

Award ceremony at the Römerberg in Frankfurt am Main: 24.11.2022

The FNG-Label
online platform

Important information
about the process

*Please fill out your profile completely during your registration so that we can match it accordingly. Please note that registrations without profile information cannot be processed.
IMPORTANT:
Applicants who have been registered already, please log in with the existing account information.
**Please note that as soon as all submitted products have passed the minimum requirements, it is technically no longer possible to book/activate further products. Therefore, please have the desired number of products activated at the beginning of the review and assessment process.

Requirements and
application documents

Sustainably managed investment funds or similar investment vehicles of all asset classes can apply for the FNG-Label, provided they comply with the UCITS or an equivalent standard and are authorized for distribution in at least one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland or Liechtenstein.

The Label requires the fulfillment of certain minimum requirements. To be awarded the Label, the product has to meet all minimum requirements. Candidates that apply for both the minimum requirements and the grading model may achieve up to three stars in the grading model signaling varying levels of quality. The number of stars awarded depends on the number of percentage points achieved in the grading model.

In order to be reviewed and assessed, the information for all the applicable requirements (minimum and grading model) must be submitted online by 07.07.2022.

As stated in the rules of procedure, the assessment team from Prof. Dr. Timo Busch’s chair at the Sustainable Finance Research Group of the University of Hamburg has the right to request additional documents in order to verify the product’s compliance with the Label’s criteria.

FNG-
Sustainability Profile

The FNG-Sustainability Profile provides a brief overview of a fund’s sustainability information and supplemental data.

Examples may be found here. Depending on the fund the data may be available in English.

European SRI
Transparency Code

With an increasing number of sustainable funds, the variety of sustainable investment strategies increases as well. The Code strengthens societies‘ and other stakeholders‘, for instance fund selectors and rating agencies, understanding of a fund’s investment strategy.

It incorporates the suggestions of:

  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD),
  • article 173-VI of the French TECV act and
  • suggestions of the EU High-level Experts Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG).

The Code shows detailed information on the following themes:

  • the fund provider and the sustainability fund
  • ESG assessment processes of companies (and governments)
  • the fund’s management process
  • monitoring and ESG reporting.

Supplemental documents and further information on the Code may be found here.

Further
Information

You should also download the rules of procedure before filling in the questionnaire in order to be able to better understand the Label criteria.

Should you require more detailed information about the application process, the application requirements and the Label criteria, please contact us at fng-siegel@qng-online.de or by phone at +49 – (0)30 – 629 3799 85.

We would also be happy to visit your office to discuss the FNG-Label. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Explanatory videos
about the FNG-Label

FNG-Label Process

In this video, we summarise the entire process flow of the label with all relevant time frames and deadlines that are important for an application for our quality standard of sustainable investments.

Links:
Rules of procedure
Awarding ceremony

FNG-Label Process
-Minimum Requirements-

In this video, we explain the labeling process and give you further information on the minimum requirements of the FNG-Label.

FNG-Label Process
-Grading Model-

In this video, we explain the procedure of the grading model. The grading model – as the voluntary part after the successfully completed mandatory  part – gives you the opportunity to receive a higher award of up to three stars in addition to the minimum requirements.

FNG-Label Process
-Referencing-

In this video, we explain the feature “referencing“. We go into the basic idea behind referencing and show you how to use it in the Online-Tool.

FNG-Label Process
-Tips & Tricks-

In this video, we have summarised information and tips for you on how to fill in the form and specifically on the minimum requirements to enable you – and us – the assessment team – to have a smooth review and assessment process.

Links:
Rules of procedure
Awarding ceremony

How does the
Online-Tool work?

In this video, we explain how the Online-Tool works.

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