When financial market participants refer to Sustainable Finance, it is the process of taking into account Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations when making investment decisions.

Discussions in this arena, will be key to influence sustainable outcomes in the wider economy, as finance will play a crucial role in transitioning investment towards sustainable activities.

From an ISLA perspective, our sustainability work centres primarily on policy objectives of the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK), taking into account the European Green Deal, as well as UK’s Roadmap to Sustainable Investing – Green Finance.

Other key events include, the international agreement on the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and the Paris Agreement, which was the first global initiative to combat climate related issues.

In 2019, the European Commission released the EU Green Deal, pledging Europe to become the first continent to be carbon neutral by 2050, and presenting an investment plan in 2020 to help focus public and private investment to this cause. In 2020, the UK also outlined proposals of a Ten Point Plan towards a green industrial revolution.

In July 2021, the European Commission (EC) launched the Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy, building on the 2018 Action Plan, and focuses on development of:

In November 2021, in the UK, the FCA sought initial views on new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements and Investment Labels for asset managers and FCA-regulated asset owners. The FCA is the first regulator, to specifically ask for industry views on how to integrate sustainability and securities lending.

In December 2020, ISLA created an ESG Steering working group with representation from both buy-side and sell-side members.

ISLA has a separate Corporate Social Responsibility section, which focuses specifically on its own CSR strategy amongst other things.

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