2. Best practice and current initiatives - Mobilizing investment

AVIVA Sustainable Finance Toolkit

The €300 trillion global capital markets should be mobilized and refocused on sustainable and long-term goals. This toolkit aims to help create the right incentivizing policy environment so that financial markets can support Europe’s transition to a sustainable economy.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

We work with partners worldwide to tackle critical problems in five program areas: (1) infectious disease and child mortality; (2) the delivery of health products and services; (3) market-based innovations to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth; (4) U.S. high school and post-secondary education; (5) strategic relationships and policies.

Conservation Finance Product Development

Credit Suisse believes that market-based financing mechanisms from the private sector have great potential for nature conservation. In 2014, we launched our first investment product in this field, called the Nature Conservation Notes. This new product consists of investments in sustainable agroforestry and ecosystem conservation, and in a portfolio of sustainable bonds..

The Danish SDG Investment Fund

Six Danish pension funds, under the management of IFU, have established the Danish SDG Investment Fund. It contributes to the SDGs through commercial private sector investments in developing countries, as well promoting the sale of Danish technology and know-how and, at the same time, ensuring a solid return for investors.

Dutch SDG Investing (SDGI) Agenda

The Agenda is an incubating initiative with the ultimate goal of establishing “highways for SDG Investing” – at home and abroad. The signatories to the Agenda include 18 Dutch financial institutions and three enabling networks.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Economic Resilience Initiative

The initiative aims to mobilize finance to support the capacity of economies in the southern Mediterranean and Western Balkans to respond to crises and shocks, such as the migrant crisis, while maintaining strong growth. It boosts economic resilience in these regions by investing in infrastructure, developing the private sector and stimulating growth and job creation.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Climate Awareness Bonds

In 2007, the EIB issued the world’s first Green Bond, labelled a Climate Awareness Bond (CAB). As of 31 December 2016, EIB remains the largest issuer of Green Bonds with over EUR 15bn raised across 11 currencies. The funds are earmarked to match disbursements to EIB lending projects contributing to climate action in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Government of Sweden: Innovative Examples of Financing for Development

A compilation of examples from different sectors of Swedish society. The showcase also aims to engage stakeholders and promote a more action-oriented dialogue in various national and international forums.

The Move Humanity Initiative

Move humanity is a global initiative to end extreme poverty, founded by Human Act in 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Move humanity wants to mobilize a significant increase in private development assistance from the world’s wealthiest individuals.

OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment

The Centre helps catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy through the development of effective policies, institutions and instruments for green finance and investment.

S&P Global Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool

The Tool helps companies to identify business risks and opportunities aligned with the SDGs. It provides a quantitative analysis of corporate performance on the SDGs across the value chain, from raw material inputs to product use and disposal, within the context of a company’s geographic operations. Some examples can be found here S&P Global Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool

World Bank-BNP Paribas SDG Bonds

World Bank-issued bonds that link returns to the performance of companies included in the Solactive SDG World Index that are advancing the SDGs; proceeds are used to support the financing of World Bank projects that are aligned with the SDGs.

Yes Bank

The bank is India’s fourth largest private sector bank. It believes that financial institutions serve as catalysts for a sustainable economy and has helped develop the Indian climate finance market, as well as aligning its operations with the SDGs. Since inception, the bank has striven to be a part of India’s growth story and has adopted a strategic approach to sustainability, under its visionary leadership.


NB. The inclusion of non-UN initiatives and organisations on this page does not imply an official endorsement or position of the United Nations. The examples of best practice are included for their relevance to investment in the SDGs.