Sustainable finance seeks to improve the contribution of finance to sustainable and inclusive growth as well as the mitigation of climate change.
Sustainable finance will improve the contribution to sustainable and inclusive growth.
ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors in investment decision-making has become mainstream. For financial institutions, from asset managers, to banks, and pension funds, ESG plays a key role in avoiding significant harm, and contributing to sustainable development through thematic and impact investment.
Sustainable finance has two imperatives:
1. To improve the contribution of finance to sustainable and inclusive growth as well as the mitigation of climate change
2. To strengthen financial stability by incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision-making.
Changes in societal expectations of the financial sector is driving demand for ESG and sustainable finance. Challenges faced by investors today include increased scrutiny on ESG reporting, emerging regulation on sustainable finance, lack of standardization, and a shift in the risk landscape to a more long-term perspective.
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