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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.

Professional Development

Sustainable Investing - Virtual Program

Learn sustainable investing strategies that are transforming finance.

This program will provide the key components and considerations for sustainable investing and ESG assessment, including deeper dives into integrating ESG into securities selection and portfolio management processes, and best practices for stewardship and engagement.

CSRD Briefing Note

How the EU’s sustainability reporting requirements will affect Canadian businesses and how Canadian policy makers should respond.

Carbon Pricing: Necessary But Not Sufficient

Carbon prices around the world must rise quickly, and broader policies are needed to meet Paris targets and avoid the most severe costs associated with climate change, an ISF study finds.

Canada’s Transition & Green Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance

As a Knowledge Partner for the Sustainable Finance Action Council’s taxonomy work, the ISF has created resources for understanding sustainable finance taxonomies and their development, and the importance of a Transition and Green Taxonomy for Canada.

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.

May 15, 2024

Webinar event, June 4: Completing Canada's sustainable finance infrastructure

A robust, modern sustainable finance framework is absolutely vital to attracting investment to Canada and meeting climate targets. Thanks to the work of the Sustainable Finance Action Council, the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board and other finance sector leaders, we can see the way forward. This webinar event brings together expert speakers at the forefront of these important discussions, to help establish the next steps for Canada to finally unlock its climate finance potential.

May 8, 2024

Video replay: TNFD Webinar Series, Part 2

The video replay is now available for the recent TNFD webinar hosted by ISF and CPA Canada, titled, “Identifying the ingredients for widespread adoption in Canada.” During the session we heard about the inspiration for early adopters of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), imperatives for the finance sector, potential challenges and roadblocks to adoption, how TNFD might interact with existing environmental reporting requirements, considerations for standards setters and regulators, the importance of incorporating Indigenous rights, and much more.