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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Policy brief

Policy brief – Regulating ESG ratings to strengthen sustainable investors

In a policy brief published on May 17, Finance Watch proposes concrete policy measures to make ESG ratings reliable and meet the needs of ESG investors and other stakeholders, including regulators, while also supporting the EU’s transition to a sustainable economy.
Consultation response

Consultation response – “The draft extended Taxonomy Delegated Acts are still missing important activities”

Consultation response – “The draft extended Taxonomy Delegated Acts are still missing important activities”
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 letter in reaction to the postponement of the 2nd set of ESRS
Consultation response

Consultation response – EIOPA Discussion Paper on Prudential Treatment of Sustainability Risks

Consultation response – EIOPA Discussion Paper on Prudential Treatment of Sustainability Risks
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.
Joint letter – Civil society will only support ambitious ESRS
Consultation response

Response to the UK Transition Plan Taskforce Framework and Guidance Consultation

Response to the UK Transition Plan Taskforce Framework and Guidance Consultation
Consultation response

Consultation response – A precautionary approach is crucial for finance ministers to drive climate action

Consultation response – A precautionary approach is crucial for finance ministers to drive climate action
Joint statement

Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation

In a joint letter signed by 16 organisations, Finance Watch and partners urged Members of the ECON Committee to take credible action to tackle climate-related financial risks and to fully implement the Basel III provisions in the CRR and CRD reviews.
Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation
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.
Joint Statement calling for a robust and ambitious Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (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.
Open letter calling on the G20 for a #SafeTransition
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