Sustainable Finance

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


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.

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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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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Action Platform

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The UN Global Compact Action Platform on Financial Innovation for the SDGs brings together a multi-disciplinary group of finance practitioners and experts to develop innovative financial instruments to direct private finance towards critical sustainability solutions. The platform develops guidance on impact investment strategies that support the SDGs and improves the risk/return profile of SDG investments to attract institutional investors.

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The way we do business has fundamentally changed. Sustainability is no longer just an option, but a competitive necessity. The UN Global Compact helps your company build trust and transparency, achieve your sustainability objectives and help shape the world’s sustainability agenda — guiding you on your sustainability journey.

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