Sustainable Finance

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Sustainable finance refers to the consideration of sustainability issues by private and public actors. Sustainable finance is thus a cross cutting issue of different policy areas, including budgetary, financial, industrial, and economic policies, as well as sustainability, nature conservation, and climate mitigation policies.

The world needs to respond to the emergencies of climate change and the extinction of species. This entails a comprehensive socio-ecological restructuring to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality and a sustainable economy. Sustainable Finance has a key role to play in this transformation.

The transformation will fundamentally change economic structures and their production and consumption patterns. The financial system leverages change as a provider of capital for the real economy. For example, it provides companies with financial capital in a relatively easy and cheap manner. Sustainable Finance requires sustainability definitions and transparency regulations in line with systematic scientific standards. Sustainable Finance activities at Germanwatch promote these concerns with a focus on German, European, and international Sustainable Finance strategies. Germanwatch as a civil society organisation working on environmental and development issues contributes to the political and economic processes necessary for transformation.

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