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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Report

Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk

New research shows the world’s 60 biggest banks have $1.35 trillion USD of exposures to fossil fuel assets. Capital increase needed to reflect risk is equivalent to 3-5 months of bank profits.
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

Open letter

Open letter: banks and insurers must account for climate risk

In the open letter below, sent to policymakers in the European Parliament, Finance Watch and 13 partners call to include mandatory transition plans and capital requirements for climate-related risks in their review of the EU banks and insurers prudential rules.
Consultation response

Response to the FSB Consultation on Supervisory and Regulatory Approaches to Climate-related Risks

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
Consultation response

Response to consultation on the functioning of the ESG ratings market and on the consideration of ESG factors in credit ratings

Consultation response

Comments on the FDIC statement of principles for climate-related financial risk management

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