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Originally published in UN PRI written by Will Martindale If investors are to be successful in their sustainability objectives, banks will need to be sustainable too. In many countries, banking assets exceed GDP. So, it will be welcome news to many investors, that thirteen years after the PRI’s launch, UNEP FI has launched the Principles for Responsible Banking. There are three ways that investors can support these principles. Investors own banks: most major investors will invest in most major…

Published first in the World Economic Forum The financial crisis of 2008 may have started in the US banking sector but it went on to unleash the deepest global recession since the Great Depression. The year 2009 became the first on record where global GDP contracted in real terms and the lost growth resulting from the crisis and ensuing recession has been estimated at over $10 trillion (more than one-sixth of global GDP in 2008). Across the globe,…

The United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative hosted its flagship SSE Global Dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the World Investment Forum organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  Key stakeholders from stock exchanges around the world attended this event in oder to loo over the progress that has already been made as well as shaping the future agenda for sustainability in relation to capital markets with a focus on the UN…

Image Source: By Rosieponting – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48446058 As increased focus is placed on achieving the SDGs by 2030, it has become apparent that the amount of capital to accomplish them requires a very different paradigm than typical capital investments.  This is where Blended Finance comes in. The OECD defines Blended Finance as the follows: “Blended Finance is the strategic use of development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilize private capital flows to emerging…