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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21 PUBLICATIONS

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 consultation on IDD guidelines for sustainability preferences in suitability assessment

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).
Position paper

Joint NGOs and consumer recommendations for minimum criteria for Art. 8 & 9 products under SFDR

This paper sets out recommendations put forward jointly by a group of NGOs and consumer organisations on the minimum criteria for products with ESG characteristics (so called Article 8 products), as well as for sustainable investments regulated under Article 9 of SFDR (referred to as Article 9 products).
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.
Joint statement

Joint Statement- NGOs express deep concerns on the upcoming Sustainable Corporate Governance initiative

Finance Watch co-signed today a joint letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice-President Věra Jourová expressing deep concerns that reforms of directors’ duties, mandatory corporate sustainability targets and related incentives may not feature in the forthcoming proposal on Sustainable Corporate Governance.
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.
Open letter

Open Letter: Risking Effective Sustainable Corporate Governance

Finance Watch co-signed on 20 December 2021 with seven other organisations an open letter addressed to European Commission officials to express strong concerns about the delay in the publication of the legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance, as well as the lack of information explaining the new delay.
Open letter

Finance Watch letter to the European Commission on sustainable corporate governance

In a letter dated 15 December 2021 and addressed to Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, Vice-Presidents Jourová and Šefčovič, and Commissioners Reynders and Breton, Finance Watch expressed its concerns over the future and level of ambition of a legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance.
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