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

Six priorités pour construire le système financier d’un monde durable

Les dirigeants du monde entier ont convenu d’objectifs collectifs ambitieux comme l’Accord de Paris et, plus largement, les Objectifs de développement durable. Chacun reconnaît l’urgence de rediriger les flux financiers pour atteindre ces objectifs.
Policy brief

Finance Watch blueprint on sustainable finance

Following the crisis, the G20 set a financial reform agenda focused on the prudential perspective: “making finance not hurt society“. Ten years later, the current momentum around sustainable finance brings us back to the more fundamental question of finance’s purpose in society. World leaders have agreed some ambitious societal objectives, such as the Paris Agreement and the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the need to re-direct financial flows to support these is obvious to all.
Report

New pathways: Building blocks for a sustainable finance future for Europe

Brussels, 25 September 2017- Finance Watch, together with GABV and Mission 2020, today published a white paper on financial sector reforms that could help deliver a sustainable finance transformation in Europe.
Consultation response

Finance Watch response to the HLEG questionnaire on sustainable finance

Position paper

Briefing paper “ESMA’s role in sustainable finance”

This briefing from seven civil society groups (E3G, WWF, CDSB, CDP, ShareAction, ClientEarth, and Finance Watch) sets out six actions that the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) should undertake, as part of its mandate to protect investors and avert financial instability, to facilitate the integration and management of climate and wider sustainability risks in financial markets.
Speech

Speech at the UN High-level SDG Financing Lab

Panel: What will it take to finance the SDGs? From Ambition to Reality. Opening statement by Giulia Porino, Membership, Outreach and Expertise Coordinator at Finance Watch
Factsheet

Cheat sheet: What is Sustainable finance?

The EU paid more attention to sustainability concerns in its financial policymaking after the UN Sustainable Development Goals were agreed in 2015. In 2017, as part of its Mid-term Review of the Capital Markets Union, the European Commission wrote that “a deep re-engineering of the financial system is necessary for investments to become more sustainable and for the system to promote truly sustainable development from an economic, social and environmental perspective”.
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