We need to rethink the future of corporate finance and investments as a catalyst for growth and social impact. The financial sector has a fundamental role to play in driving progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to safeguard investments and deliver sustainable economic growth.
In the aftermath of the devastating bush fires, many now recognise the significant economic, environmental and social costs that will increase if we do not shift away from a business as usual approach.
With recent announcements, including the Bank of International Settlements’ ‘Green Swan’ report suggesting that climate change could be behind the world’s next financial crisis, it would be hard for any business, financial institution or investor group to ignore this message.
The ‘Sustainable Finance Forum’ will be an opportunity to explore:
- how investors, financial institutions and companies can deliver on the SDGs;
- the challenges and opportunities emerging in markets around the world; and
- the roles of stock exchanges, banks, development finance institutions, financial regulators, and others in facilitating SDG investments in Australia and more broadly across the Asia Pacific region.
Drawing on the combined convening power of the GCNA, ASX and ACSI, the Forum will bring together leaders from across business, government, civil society and academia to drive ambitious action on the SDGs.