The Platform on Sustainable Finance (PSF), an advisory body established by the European Commission, has recommended measures and processes to help businesses align their conduct with the MS provision.

August 19, 2022

Minimum Safeguards, Maximum Impact? Assessing Alignment with Minimum Safeguards in the EU Taxonomy

Below is an excerpt from ISS ESG’s recently released paper “Minimum Safeguards, Maximum Impact? Assessing Alignment with Minimum Safeguards in the EU Taxonomy”. The full paper is available for download from the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) online library.


  • The Minimum Safeguards (MS) provision of the EU Taxonomy Regulation requires companies involved in environmentally sustainable activities to respect basic human rights and follow good business conduct rules. Practical implementation of the provision has proven challenging, however, due to the wide breadth of its underlying principles.
  • While providing clarity on the MS provision’s scope, the PSF report also raises the bar for business alignment with the provision. The PSF therefore estimates a significant decrease in the share of companies in compliance with the MS provision.
  • The more detailed guidance may be particularly challenging for small companies with few resources or less-developed due diligence mechanisms
  • Using ISS ESG’s EU Taxonomy Alignment Solution, this paper tests the PSF’s hypothesis by comparing different MS compliance assessment approaches for selected company samples.
  • ISS ESG will continue enhancing its portfolio of products such as the EU Taxonomy Alignment Solution and Second Party Opinions to reflect the latest regulatory developments and provide investors with tools to assess MS provision alignment in a comprehensive manner.

MS Provision Assessment of Companies in the STOXX Europe 600

Source: ISS ESG Data

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  • Financial market participants across the world face increasing transparency and disclosure requirements regarding their investments and investment decision-making processes. Let the deep and long-standing expertise of the ISS ESG Regulatory Solutions team help you navigate the complexities of global ESG regulations.
  • Use ISS ESG’s Second Party Opinion (SPO) Services to provide sustainability, green and social bonds with a credible and independent assessment of their sustainability quality.
  • Assess companies’ adherence to international norms on human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption using ISS ESG Norm-Based Research.
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By: Héctor Páez, ESG Methodology Specialist – Sustainable Debt, ISS ESG. Rafael Heim, ESG Consultant, ISS ESG. Ronja Wöstheinrich, ESG Methodology Lead – Regulatory Solutions & Fixed Income, ISS ESG. Giorgio Teresi, ESG Consultant, ISS ESG. Carman Mak, ESG Consultant, ISS ESG

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