Management practice: The missing piece to sustainability

Current approaches taken by the private sector to sustainability are insufficient; they are atomistic, don’t address the root causes and do not take a holistic systems approach. They are failing people and planet as well as business and investment objectives, fuelling scepticism and concerns about impact washing.

Our future depends on the health of the ecosystem in which we all live, work, produce and sell.  But we are not on a sustainable path, and we are a long way from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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    SDG Financial Products was launched at COP26 by GEFI and showcases commercial financial products that are aligned to the SDG in order to share learnings and grow the ecosystem of SDG aligned financial products across asset classes.

    SDG Financial Products

    The SDG Impact Standards provide guidance on developing an appropriate strategy, management approach, transparency and governance to assist businesses and investors in contributing positively to sustainable development and achieving the SDGs. The Impact Standards also provide a decision-making framework to make sense of existing relevant principles, frameworks and tools.

    SDG Impact Standards

    Fixed Income: From use of proceeds to delivering on sustainability

    Several fixed income products explicitly aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s official developmental agenda, are now available including sovereign and corporate bonds and fixed income funds.

    Mexico was the first to issue a sovereign SDG bond. In 2020, it raised $890 million for investment in projects with a focus on 11 of the 17 SDGs.[i] The SDGs are embedded in the bond through ‘use of proceeds’ criteria for eligible projects. Since Mexico’s inaugural SDG sovereign bond, it has issued a further SDG bond in July 2021 and others, such as Uzbekistan and Indonesia, have followed suit. There is clear appetite for these products in the market with Mexico’s first bond being 6.4 times oversubscribed.[ii] The motivation of sovereigns in raising SDG funding is clear, namely to achieve their commitments to the 2030 Agenda for implementing the SDGs and to focus finance on appropriate activities.

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    SDG Financial Products was launched at COP26 by GEFI and showcases commercial financial products that are aligned to the SDG in order to share learnings and grow the ecosystem of SDG aligned financial products across asset classes.

    SDG Financial Products

    The SDG Impact Standards provide guidance on developing an appropriate strategy, management approach, transparency and governance to assist businesses and investors in contributing positively to sustainable development and achieving the SDGs. The Impact Standards also provide a decision-making framework to make sense of existing relevant principles, frameworks and tools.

    SDG Impact Standards

    Listed Equity Funds: From ESG to SDG through engagement

    The business case for financial services aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s development agenda, is not fundamentally different from the case for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations: they represent economic risks and opportunities.

    The difference between ESG and the SDGs is that the former primarily represents considerations (e.g., climate change, gender and diversity) and associated methodologies for addressing these (e.g., exclusion, best-in-class selection) whereas the latter are goals (e.g., gender equality, affordable and clean energy).

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    SDG Financial Products was launched at COP26 by GEFI and showcases commercial financial products that are aligned to the SDG in order to share learnings and grow the ecosystem of SDG aligned financial products across asset classes.

    SDG Financial Products

    The SDG Impact Standards provide guidance on developing an appropriate strategy, management approach, transparency and governance to assist businesses and investors in contributing positively to sustainable development and achieving the SDGs. The Impact Standards also provide a decision-making framework to make sense of existing relevant principles, frameworks and tools.

    SDG Impact Standards

    From ESG considerations to SDG alignment: More acronyms or better outcomes?

    Scotland was among of the first countries in the world to adopt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s official developmental agenda, in 2015. Later in 2018, to localise the SDGs, the Scottish Government launched a refreshed National Performance Framework. But more needs to be done to encourage financial institutions to consider SDGs in financial decision making.

    Financial institutions are now offering financial products aligned with the SDGs. Some financial products explicitly labelled as ‘SDG’ have been introduced, such as HSBC’s SDG Bond and Federated Hermes’ SDG Engagement Equity Fund.

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    SDG Financial Products was launched at COP26 by GEFI and showcases commercial financial products that are aligned to the SDG in order to share learnings and grow the ecosystem of SDG aligned financial products across asset classes.

    SDG Financial Products

    The SDG Impact Standards provide guidance on developing an appropriate strategy, management approach, transparency and governance to assist businesses and investors in contributing positively to sustainable development and achieving the SDGs. The Impact Standards also provide a decision-making framework to make sense of existing relevant principles, frameworks and tools.

    SDG Impact Standards

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      SDG Financial Products was launched at COP26 by GEFI and showcases commercial financial products that are aligned to the SDG in order to share learnings and grow the ecosystem of SDG aligned financial products across asset classes.

      SDG Financial Products

      The SDG Impact Standards provide guidance on developing an appropriate strategy, management approach, transparency and governance to assist businesses and investors in contributing positively to sustainable development and achieving the SDGs. The Impact Standards also provide a decision-making framework to make sense of existing relevant principles, frameworks and tools.

      SDG Impact Standards