The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 and provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The ambition is that the SDGs are achieved by 2030 and it is estimated that c.US$2.4 trillion per annum of additional funding is required to deliver this.

The platform is the result of a collaboration between the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to facilitate the development of innovative financial products that are SDG aligned. Further information on the journey can be found here.

The platform is based on the belief that private sector led solutions are required to deliver the SDGs. In a market of increasing virtue signalling, financial products listed on the platform are prequalified. The platform only partners with financial institutions that demonstrate a genuine commitment to the 2030 SDG agenda.

The platform works with partners throughout the product lifecycle to share learnings and build the ecosystem of SDG aligned financial products across asset classes.

If you are a financial institution interested in becoming a partner please email Natalie Jackson (natalie@globalethicalfinance.org) and info@globalethicalfinance.org.

The platform provides:

Authenticity

Enhanced authenticity through the unique collaboration with established NGOs.

Technical Expertise

Additional bandwidth and technical expertise to augment your in-house team to further refine your product.

Global Network

Access to our global network to showcase innovative products, share knowledge and promote leading practice.

Product Partners

Aegon Global Sustainable Sovereign Bond Fund

The Fund invests in government bonds from countries which are demonstrating significant progress towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Fund leverages Aegon AM’s proprietary research methodology and multi-decade expertise as active owners of sovereign debt. The managers utilise country-level analysis and top-down assessments to optimise regional and SDG-specific concentrations.

Aegon AM bases its sustainability methodology on the works of the Bertelsmann-Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) partnership, sponsored by the United Nations. The transparent scoring methodology is based on more than 100 indicators per country and covers 172 countries across the world.

Aegon AM is proud to work with GEFI to introduce the new fund at COP26. The alignment of sovereign portfolios with a global sustainability agenda can help to facilitate responsible capital allocation, which has a long-term social and environmental impact.

Aegon AM is a global leader in responsible investment. It launched its first ethical fund in 1989 and today manages US$245 billion in specialist responsible investment portfolios across its fixed income, equity, real assets and multi-asset investment platforms.

Aegon AM believes that incorporating sustainability alignment into a sovereign bond investment strategy can help to mitigate risk, promote sustainable growth and deliver competitive long-term performance for investors in the Fund.

More product information

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Upcoming Products

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DashboardRegistration

The dashboard providers further technical information on each of the products.

"We are delighted to be selected by GEFI as a leading example of sustainable investing. We are proud to work with them and our partners at Aegon UK to promote the new fund at COP26."

Brunno Maradei

Head of Responsible Investing at Aegon Asset Management

Key Questions for Potential Platform Partners

  • Are you committed to the 2030 SDG agenda?
  • Do you have an existing or are you looking to launch an innovative SDG aligned product?
  • Do want to differentiate your product from the increasingly busy sustainability market / stand out from the crowd?
  • Do you value technical insight from sustainability experts to augment your in-house sustainability teams?
  • Do you want to show enhanced authenticity or third-party assurance?

If you are a financial institution interested in becoming a partner, please email Natalie Jackson (natalie@globalethicalfinance.org) and info@globalethicalfinance.org.