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Sustainable Finance

Money can be a force for good.

“Sustainable finance” refers to investment decisions made using environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Such investment can promote sustainable economic activity and the long-term stability of the financial system.

But the sustainable finance landscape is a turbulent one. ESG investments are increasing, but standards are confusing and charges of “greenwashing” are widespread. Investors, companies, and regulators are working toward greater clarity.

That’s important because sustainable finance has tremendous potential. Financial markets are meant to connect those who have capital to those who need capital, in order to help the economy and society thrive, explains Ivey Professor Diane-Laure Arjaliès. “Many investors want to put their financial power at the service of organizations that participate in building sustainable and long-term growth.”

NBS helps businesses on this journey. Our resources and community provide guidance on leveraging financial systems to build a better world.

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Green bonds can be a good place to start with sustainable finance. But they have limits, too. Here’s what they offer issuers, investors, and the planet.

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The Basics of Sustainable Finance

Sustainable finance is a new twist on traditional finance, with benefits for business and the planet. Learn the Basics. Windmill

Sustainable Finance - Meaning and Examples in Business

Hao Liang | June 7, 2022
Sustainable finance has benefits for business and the planet. Find out what it is, why it’s important, and how to get beyond the talk.

Why Impact Investing Matters: A Primer

Diane-Laure Arjaliès | March 2, 2018
Impact investing connects financial markets with the real economy. It’s relevant for investors, fundraisers, or any organization that seeks capital.

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