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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27 PUBLICATIONS

Consultation response

Response to the EC consultation on the implementation of SFDR

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 responses: TPT guidance for the insurance sector

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 Statement calling for a robust and ambitious Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD)

Finance Watch, along with members of the Informal Group on Sustainable Finance calls for stronger requirements on transition plans, directors’ remuneration and oversight and due diligence for the financial sector in the CSDDD.
Open letter

Open letter calling on the G20 for a #SafeTransition

In an open letter signed by more than 60 organisations, Finance Watch and partners called on the G20 leaders to recognise fossil fuel exposures of banks as ‘higher risk assets’ under the Basel capital framework, the internationally agreed-upon principles of banking regulation.
Report

Report – Financing Local Green Enterprises. Closing the funding gap for sustainable MSMEs in developing countries

Finance Watch and Green Economy Coalition have compiled the findings of seven case studies conducted in developing and emerging countries, in order to make a series of recommendations (economic and financial reforms) which could improve financing opportunities for green MSMEs in these economies. 
Consultation response

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

Open letter

Letter to the ISSB on its proposals for International Sustainability Reporting Standards

In its letter to the ISSB on the exposure drafts for international financial reporting standards on sustainability and climate-related disclosures, Finance Watch emphasises that a fundamental change in the outside-in only approach taken to financial materiality, or risks and opportunities, is needed in the current drafts.
Consultation response

Response to the EBA Discussion Paper on Environmental Risks in the Prudential Framework

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