Finance is a critical cog of our economic system. But it is not yet sustainable.
WWF works to change this. It aims to help bring investments into line with EU commitments like the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
Such a shift includes both mobilising financial support for sustainable economic activities
and discouraging or banning support for harmful ones
- Public finance: Public financial institutions should lead by example and align their lending and investment policies with sustainability goals. WWF is working with European public financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank and the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and export credit agencies.
- EU private investment policies and regulations: WWF is engaging with EU policy makers to achieve an ambitious EU sustainable finance strategy and ensure that private investment flows become aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change and broader environmental and social issues. This includes recommendations on disclosure, EU green bond standards, investors duties, role of supervisory authorities and mainstreaming of responsible investment practices. WWF wants to ensure that the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan by the European Commission is bold enough and that it’s properly implemented.
- Large European investors: WWF is engaging with European investors such as asset owners in order to help them adapt their policies, investment process and engagement on climate change risks and opportunities and related issues.
WWF was also part of the Sustainable Energy Investment Metrics research project
(SEI-M) until February 2018, which aimed to raise investors' awareness of climate risks and opportunities. The project was funded by EU Commission through the EU’s research funding program Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 649982