Establishing a Knowledge Network for Sustainable Financing

A growing number of financial institutions worldwide are adopting policies, systems, and lending practices that reduce the environmental and social impact of doing business. They are adopting sustainable financing practices to ensure that economic development doesn’t come at the cost of our ecosystems and our future generations. At the same time, it also makes business sense – protecting and adding value to their loan portfolios. IFC has been working with financial institutions in emerging markets for more than a decade to develop sustainable finance. Our experience shows that banks benefit from adopting sound environmental and social management through:

 

• Improved quality of their loan portfolio
• Lower cost of capital
• Improved brand value
• Better terms of insurance
• Better ratings by analysts
• New business opportunities in green technologies and underserved markets
• Recognition and awards

 

Read more about IFC's Knowledge Network on Sustainable Financing and our Members’ Milestones