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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.

Understanding Voluntary Carbon Markets, Part 1

A new study, the first in a series by the Institute for Sustainable Finance, CPA Canada and the International Federation of Accountants, provides a crucial resource for understanding how VCMs function and how to critically assess the quality of carbon credits.

CSRD Briefing Note

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

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.

June 17, 2024

Webinar video replay: Completing Canada's sustainable finance infrastructure

The video replay is now available for Part 2 of ISF's "3Ds" Webinar Series. This session brought together leading experts to discuss the next steps to completing Canada's sustainable finance infrastructure, including the implementation of climate disclosure standards and regulations, and a credible green and transition taxonomy. Speakers shared their insights on what’s needed to propel Canada towards its climate goals, compete for foreign investment, and help decarbonize heavy emitting sectors of the economy.

June 12, 2024

New Research Report: Understanding Voluntary Carbon Markets, Part 1

The use of carbon offsets has been hotly debated. Trading offsets through Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCMs) has the potential to direct significant amounts of capital to climate solutions and help meet climate targets. However, many concerns remain about the quality and integrity of carbon offsets, and the lack of regulation and oversight of this burgeoning industry. To better inform this debate, a new study from ISF, CPA Canada and IFAC, provides a crucial resource for existing and potential market participants, to better understand the current state of VCMs and their future development.