The world depends on global finance making the right choices to deliver the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

The Global Ethical Finance Initiative has been a partner of choice for the UN to connect with the finance sector to deliver finance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since 2018, GEFI, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Scottish Government have collaborated on a project to finance nature and the SDGs.

The project is focused upon market analysis and providing practical solutions to financial institutions from across the globe to allow them to generate a financial return at the same time as supporting the delivery of the Global Goals.

Overview


Finance for Nature Series

Our Finance for Nature Series has brought together nature experts and the finance industry to discuss the most effective solutions to financing nature and biodiversity.

Past and planned events include a physical summit in 2019, a 2020’s virtual global series, a dedicated session at our Ethical Finance 2021 summit, and events at COP26 on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Report

A major report entitled Mobilising Private Sector Capital in Support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals from GEFI and R.J. Fleming & Co. concluded that ‘business-as-usual’ in the financial services sector will not deliver the 2030 target to achieve the SDGs.

GEFI has launched an exclusive, commercial platform showcasing financial products that are directly aligned to the SDGs. The platform works with partners throughout the product lifecycle to share learnings and build the ecosystem of SDG aligned financial products across asset classes.

About the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 social and environmental goals, which were adopted in 2015 and developed after the UN carried out the largest stakeholder engagement program in its history.

Project Development

In 2018, GEFI facilitated a multi-year programme of collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Scottish Government (SG) that aims to develop a financial instrument that allows private capital to be diverted into nature-based, SDG-aligned investments.

Get Involved

Interested in learning more about the programme or investing in nature-based solutions to climate change and the SDGs? Get in touch with us.

Overview


Finance for Nature Series

Our unique Edinburgh Finance delcaration put together a coalition of Christian and Muslim leaders, including the Church of Scotland and renowned Sunni scholar Amir Rizwan, to understand the shared values underlying different faith groups’ approaches to finance.

By bringing together diverse faith groups, we can build bridges and unlock the power of moral leadership and endowment stewardship within finance.

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Report

A major report entitled Mobilising Private Sector Capital in Support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals from GEFI and R.J. Fleming & Co. concluded that ‘business-as-usual’ in the financial services sector will not deliver the 2030 target to achieve the SDGs.

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SDG-aligned financing initiative

Building on the report on mobilising private sector capital in support of the UN SDGs, GEFI is looking for an investment partner to deliver an SDG aligned financing initiative.

The initiative will target financial returns as well as social and / or environmental ones and will help build the ecosystem and drive more private sector capital to the SDGs.

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About the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 social and environmental goals, which were adopted in 2015 and developed after the UN carried out the largest stakeholder engagement program in its history.

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Project Development

In 2018 GEFI facilitated a multi-year programme of collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Scottish Government (SG) that aims to develop a financial instrument that allows private capital to be diverted into nature-based, SDG-aligned investments.

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Get Involved

Interested in learning more about the programme or investing in nature-based solutions to climate change and the SDGs? Get in touch with us.

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Finance for Nature Series


2021 Path to COP26

Following the 2020 Finance for Nature Virtual Global Series, a global coalition of partners, including GEFI, UNDP, UNEP, Climate Advisers and the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform are developing a programme of events leading in to COP26, and aligned with GEFI’s Path to COP26.

Path to Cop26

2020 Virtual Global Series

Following the success of the inaugural “Finance for Nature Global Summit”, GEFI, UNDP, UNEP, the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform and Climate Advisers convened the Finance for Nature Virtual Global Series to accelerate momentum on nature-based finance in advance of the UN Climate and Biodiversity COPs in 2021.

Taking place via Zoom on 20/21 July 2020, the summit brought together industry champions from finance, insurance, consumer goods companies and standard-setting regulators to drive practical commitments on investing in nature.

2020 Virtual Global Series

2019 Global Summit

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Scottish-Government backed Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), together with the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform, gathered experts in Edinburgh, Scotland, to develop financial solutions that drive socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development.

The two-day “Finance for Nature Global Summit,” hosted by independent investment manager Baillie Gifford, brought together Government officials, financial institutions, consumer goods corporations, supply chain intermediaries and conservation organisations to explore a new investment paradigm aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2019 Global Summit

Report: Mobilising Private Sector Capital in Support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals


A major report from GEFI and R.J. Fleming & Co. concluded that ‘business-as-usual’ in the financial services sector will not deliver the 2030 target to achieve the Global Goals.

With sustainability and impact quickly moving from being specialist subjects to being core drivers of investment strategies worldwide, the report calls for a ‘step-change’, identifying a private equity fund-of-fund solution that provides the required scale to attract new capital from institutional investors. The new independent managed platform, a global impact fund-of-funds, will fill the gap between specialist impact fund managers and mainstream investors.

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Project Development


In 2018, GEFI facilitated a multi-year programme of collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Scottish Government (SG) that aims to develop a financial instrument that allows private capital to be diverted into nature-based, SDG-aligned investments.

The project is a learning journey focused upon two key pillars of activities:

  1. Market analysis (completed December 2019):
    • Understand the appetite amongst the investor community for supporting the SDGs
    • Identify the key challenges that investors face in this space
    • Identify the main drivers for increasing such investment
  2. Practical solution
    • Identify and review potential solutions from market analysis
    • Select and develop preferred investment structure
    • Implement a pilot in cooperation with GEFI, SG and UNDP

The programme will provide financial institutions from across the globe with an innovative financial structure that allows them to generate a financial return at the same time as supporting the delivery of the Global Goals.

Programme Announced by UNDP / Scottish Government at the Ethical Finance 2018 Conference (Oct 22-23, 2018) in Edinburgh.

Finance for Nature Global Summit
Scot gov
UNDP
Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Get Involved

To discuss the programme in more detail please email info@globalethicalfinance.org