Policy portal Sustainable Finance

Our planet must remain livable and the financial industry plays a key role in securing its future: financial flows must be re-oriented from environmentally harmful activities to a sustainable economy.

Financial regulation, alongside other policies, should ensure private finance becomes an enabler of sustainable transition. This requires:

  • Transparency and corporate governance reforms to ensure real-world outcomes and prevent greenwashing.
  • Robust risk management and adequate capital levels of financial institutions to make them resilient, ensure a “safe transition” and avoid a climate-driven financial crisis.
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15 PUBLICATIONS

Report

Report: A Finance Watch guide to the next ‘sustainable finance agenda’

The next ‘sustainable finance agenda’ could be a jump board to a sustainable economy in the EU. Finance Watch’s new report maps out gaps in the current sustainable finance framework and formulates recommendations to finalise this crucial regulatory ecosystem during the next mandate.
Consultation response

Consultation response – “The CSRD delegated acts should better preserve the integrity of the EFRAG drafts”

Open letter

Joint letter in reaction to the postponement of the 2nd set of ESRS

In a joint letter sent on 4 April 2023, Finance Watch and partners urge the European Commission to pursue the development of the second set of European Sustainability Reporting Standards (sector-specific standards) and to preserve the integrity of the first set (cross-cutting standards) in its upcoming delegated acts
Joint statement

Joint letter – Civil society will only support ambitious ESRS

In a joint letter signed by 16 other organisations, Finance Watch warns the Commission that civil society groups will only support an ambitious first set of sector-agnostic ESRS that closely builds on the EFRAG drafts adopted last November.
Consultation response

Feedback on the EFRAG exposure drafts on the European Sustainability Reporting Standards

Report

Report – The Problem Lies in the Net: Making Finance contribute to a Net Zero Economy

In a report published on June 22, Finance Watch proposes concrete policy measures to make the concept of “net-zero” meaningful, drive progress to net-zero in the real world and harness the stewardship powers of the financial sector to decarbonise the real economy
Joint statement

Joint statement – European Parliament leaves SMEs out of CSRD scope

In the joint statement below, Finance Watch raises the alarm on the European Parliament JURI committee’s intention to leave SMEs out of the scope of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
Joint statement

Multi-stakeholder letter calling to broaden the scope of the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

In the multi-stakeholder letter below, sent to Members of the European Parliament, Finance Watch calls for broadening the scope of the companies to be covered by the new CSRD rules by including all listed SMEs, as well as non-listed SMEs operating in high-risk sectors.
Open letter

Multi-stakeholder statement on the CSRD reform and EU standards

Investors, asset managers and civil society organisations jointly call for: Reaching agreement promptly in order to support swift implementation. Maintaining the double materiality concept to achieve EU-specific policy objectives, and demonstrating EU leadership to promote the consideration of impact globally Ensuring the technical work to develop EU corporate sustainability reporting standards is appropriately supported by EU public funding.
Joint statement

Joint NGO statement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (formerly NFRD)

Finance Watch has signed the following joint statement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) which is the European Commission’s legislative proposal to reform the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). Read also our press release
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