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SHAPING THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

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. Read more

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Mark Carney

“As long as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise and with them climate-related financial risks, central banks, supervisors, and financial institutions will continue to raise the bar to address these climate-related risks and to ‘green’ the financial system. We need collective leadership and action across countries and we need to be ambitious.”

Mark Carney
Governor, Bank of England

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.

News

October 24, 2019

What if Financial Markets Just Can’t Cope with Climate Uncertainty?

Report on Business Magazine’s Big Idea series featured research by ISF Director of Research Ryan Riordan, which looked at how climate events, such as Hurricane Sandy, affect behavior on trading floors.

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September 25, 2019

Choices made now are critical for the future of our ocean and cryosphere

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched a special report highlighting the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere.

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