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Shaping the future of sustainable finance

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The Institute for Sustainable Finance is a multi-disciplinary network of research and professional development that brings together academia, the private sector, and government to shape Canada’s innovations in sustainable finance.

Our Mandate

The Institute is at the intersection of sustainability and finance. Our Mission is to align mainstream financial markets with Canada’s transition to a prosperous sustainable economy.

The State of Sustainable Finance in Canada

As the world prepares for COP26, ISF is leading an expert-driven assessment on the state of sustainable finance in Canada.

ISF Report: Better Climate-Related Data Needed from Corporate Canada

New research from ISF makes a first-ever assessment of TSX companies’ climate target and disclosure performance. The key finding: Corporate Canada falls below several of its global competitors.

Capital Mobilization Plan

ISF releases a blueprint for Canada's low carbon transition, highlighting the critical changes necessary to secure investments needed to meet Canada's 2030 climate targets.

What is Sustainable Finance?

The Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance defines it as: capital flows, risk management activities, and financial processes that assimilate environmental and social factors as a means of promoting sustainable economic growth and the long-term sustainability of the financial system.

In its simplest form, this means aligning our financial systems and services to promote long-term environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Learn more about Sustainable Finance through our Primer Series.

Ryan Riordan, Distinguished Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business and director of research at the Institute for Sustainable Finance explains sustainable finance.


September 23, 2021

Institute for Sustainable Finance Welcomes New Research Advisory Council as Part of Ongoing Growth and Industry Collaboration

Today the Institute for Sustainable Finance announces its inaugural Research Advisory Council (RAC). The RAC will provide valuable input to ensure ISF’s research priorities represent the most critical sustainable finance issues affecting Canadian and global business, government and civil society.

September 21, 2021

Canadian ETFs: Latest launches include new ESG, bitcoin and inflation-protected bond funds

Accelerate Financial Technologies Inc. introduced the World’s first carbon-negative bitcoin ETF. Big Carbon footprints (substantial amount of electricity used in mining bitcoin) has been a big concern for investors. The ETF gives exposure to bitcoin while reducing its carbon footprint. Accelerate works with a leading third-party to execute a global tree-planting campaign to sequester carbon emissions and help fight climate change.