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.

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.

The Physical Costs of Climate Change, A Canadian Perspective

An ISF assessment of the physical risks to Canada from higher levels of global warming finds potential costs of up to $5.5-trillion by the end of the century if we don’t take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

ISF Report: Canada Must Change Gears, Move Faster on Sustainable Finance

ISF launches a new report assessing Canada’s progress to scale sustainable finance and bolster Canadian competitiveness.

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.

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.

2021 in review:
ISF’s stock continues to rise

The past year has been a time of growth and change for the Institute for Sustainable Finance.

From opening the TSX to attending COP26, we have been where the action is, helping mobilize capital to fight climate change. Our hard-hitting research has informed decision makers in finance, industry and public policy. We captured the attention of the media, and led a lively discussion on social media. And we have contributed significantly to making sustainability a mainstream issue that investors and firms must pay attention to.

We hope you enjoy this video tribute to the many accomplishments of our great team. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us in 2022.

Newsblog

May 26, 2022

Progress made on corporate GHG targets and disclosures, but Canada still must ‘up its game’: New ISF report

A new report by the Institute for Sustainable Finance updates the findings of its popular 2021 review of TSX Index firms’ GHG emissions disclosures, targets and plans.

May 18, 2022

Canada faces huge physical costs from climate change, making net zero a great investment

There has been a lot of discussion in Canada lately about the financial costs of achieving the country’s climate targets. And rightly so. The situation is urgent and we need to act now. However, we in the finance business like to look at both sides of the ledger. And when one considers the damage to the Canadian economy we can expect from fires, floods, melting ice caps and loss of biodiversity due to climate change, the investment in greenhouse gas reductions starts to look very worthwhile indeed. Climate change impacts economic prosperity.