Sustainable Finance

Rethinking the future of corporate finance and investments as a catalyst for growth and social impact

Recent Activities

CFO Taskforce for the SDGs

As the stewards of trillions of dollars in corporate finance, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) have a critical role to play in ensuring that companies’ financial strategies are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Global Compact is convening a taskforce of CFOs for 24 months to provide a platform to interact with their peers, investors, financial institutions, and the United Nations to share ideas, develop new concepts and frameworks, and provide recommendations to unlock private capital and create a market to mainstream SDG investments.

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Guidance

As corporate sustainability initiatives increasingly become part of core business strategy, leaders are rethinking the future of corporate finance and corporate investments to advance social good. The United Nations Global Compact provides the guidance and resources finance executives need to transform their business models and incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a move that can open up US$12 trillion in market opportunities.


Scaling SDG Finance

Scaling SDG Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals

This guide explores the role of corporate finance and investments in scaling finance for the Sustainable Development Goals, including how FDI, financial intermediation and public-private partnerships can be a source of finance for less liquid SDG investments that cannot be invested directly by portfolio or institutional investors. This includes providing access to finance in countries with less developed financial markets or for SDG solutions that are too small or illiquid to attract portfolio investors.

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SDG Bonds | Leveraging Capital Markets for the SDGs

This guide explores the role of the bond market – the largest asset class in the global financial markets – in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With US$ 6.7 trillion of annual issuance, bonds can provide a cheap, reliable and scalable source of capital for a variety of stakeholders involved in the implementation of Agenda 2030, including companies, governments, cities and public-private partnerships. SDG bonds also provide an answer to the lack of SDG investment opportunities for institutional investors. A diverse portfolio of SDG Bonds, including sovereign, municipal, corporate and project bonds across developed and emerging markets could fulfill mainstream investors’ growing demand for impact while matching their risk-return appetite.

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Corporate Finance | A Roadmap to Mainstream SDG Investments

Investors, Governments and other stakeholders are increasingly demanding that companies demonstrate sustainable strategies aligned with the SDGs. This report provides guidance to companies looking to integrate the SDGs into their financial strategy and business model. A credible SDG strategy allows companies to clearly communicate impact, facilitate easier access to the growing market for SDG financing, and connect investors with a pipeline of potential opportunities to address the SDG investment gap.

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CFO Taskforce

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The UN Global Compact is convening a CFO Taskforce for the SDGs, bringing together a multisector group of corporate finance leaders to develop innovative strategies to mobilize finance towards sustainable development and engage with global stakeholders.

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Events

Building on the work of the UN Global Compact Action Platform on Financial Innovation for the SDGs, the UN Global Compact works with key partners on a series of regional SDG Investment Forums to enhance dialogue at the local level between investors, companies, the UN and Governments on investments to advance the SDGs.

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Principles

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The UN Global Compact is introducing Principles for Corporate SDG Finance and Investment as a set of guidelines for companies in their financing and investment activities related to the SDGs. The Principles will provide a clear but flexible framework based on best practices of management and corporate governance.