How green are your portfolios? What the Green Asset Ratio is trying to achieve

Banks are increasingly reporting on their future contribution towards sustainability. The most common public commitment is their ambition to redirect capital flows towards sustainable investments as part of the lending business. This is where the green asset ratio comes into place as it shows how green banks’ portfolios are. But …

The importance of materiality when assessing sustainability risks

There is no one single definition for sustainability risks but most experts  agree on two facts: sustainability risks aren’t simple to address and the scarcity and reliability of data to assess them are a common issue. According to the SFDR (sustainable finance disclosure regulation), “Sustainability risk means an environmental, social …

How to use Sustainable Finance to mitigate negative externalities

It’s interesting to think about what externalities meant to business years ago, before the current context with SDGs, corporate responsibility and ESG criteria gaining ground. The general opinion was that they had no impact on profitability. Indeed, for many decades, economists considered the impact of production and consumption on the …

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