Latest News – April 16, 2024: SBFN launched its 2024 Global Progress Brief and new Data Portal


New Sustainable Banking and Finance Network Research Reveals Rapid Policy Reforms as Catalyst for Expanding Sustainable Finance in Emerging Markets

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From left to right: Ekaterine Mikabadze (Deputy Governor, NBG), Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe (Governor, CBSL), Ms. Nezha Hayat (Chairperson and CEO, AMMC), Mr. Alfonso Garcia Mora (SBFN Chair and Vice President for Latin America & Caribbean and Europe, IFC), Ms. Rosalia V. De Leon (Monetary Board Member, BSP), Mr. George Awap (Assistant Governor, BPNG), Ms. Socorro Heysen Zegarra (Superintendent, SBS).

WASHINGTON D.C., April 24, 2024 – The IFC-facilitated Sustainable Banking and Finance Network (SBFN) has unveiled its 2024 Global Progress Brief and launched the innovative SBFN Data Portal, offering the most comprehensive benchmarking of sustainable finance trends and initiatives across sixty-six Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs).

The 2024 Global Progress Brief highlights key achievements, challenges, and opportunities within the SBFN community across three pillars of sustainable finance defined in the SBFN Measurement Framework developed by members: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Integration, Climate and Nature-Related Risk Management, and Financing Sustainability. This year’s assessment included emerging priorities such as nature-related risk, inclusive finance, and new indicators on climate risk aligned with international good practices and standards.

Since the 2021 SBFN Global Progress Report, all SBFN countries have made swift efforts to introduce climate- and nature-related risk management frameworks, reflecting the translation of commitments made under the Paris Agreement into regulatory action. ESG Integration has also emerged as a cornerstone of sustainable finance, with thirty-nine countries implementing frameworks to manage Environmental and Social (E&S) risks in investment decision-making in line with international standards such as IFC’s Performance Standards, while leveraging them as tools to prevent greenwashing in sustainable finance instruments.

Alfonso Garcia Mora Chair of SBFN Secretariat and IFC Vice President for Europe and Latin America Caribbean2

“The record growth of the network and tremendous member progress in shaping policy and influencing markets over the past three years signal the immense power of collaboration, partnerships, and knowledge sharing to steer financial systems toward sustainability,” said Alfonso Garcia Mora, Chair of SBFN Secretariat and IFC Vice President for Europe and Latin America & Caribbean. “SBFN members are demonstrating the importance of recognizing climate and environmental risks as contributors to financial system vulnerabilities, while also highlighting the potential to transform these challenges into opportunities for developing new markets in sustainable finance.”

Furthermore, the surge in the adoption of sustainable finance taxonomies and thematic bond guidelines in SBFN countries is mobilizing financial flows towards activities that support global and national sustainable development goals. Notably, an impressive US$759 billion of thematic bonds have been issued across forty-five SBFN countries.

SBFN comprises ninety-one financial sector regulators, ministries, and industry associations representing seventy countries, and $68 trillion (92 percent) of total banking assets in EMDEs. Moreover, member countries have launched over 400 policies, marking a remarkable 107 percent increase compared to the 2021 report.

In tandem with the Global Progress Brief, SBFN introduced its groundbreaking Data Portal, a dynamic tool designed to track sustainable finance initiatives across member countries on an ongoing basis. Providing detailed insights into SBFN members’ actions, this innovative platform enables regular and consistent monitoring of progress, facilitating multi-dimensional benchmarking across countries, regions, and indicators. The Data Portal will serve as a catalyst for peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, and experience exchange among SBFN members.

Nezha Hayat CEO

“The launch of the SBFN Data Portal represents a significant milestone in our collective efforts to drive sustainable finance forward,” said Nezha Hayat, Chairperson and CEO of the Moroccan Capital Market Authority (AMMC), and Co-Chair of the SBFN Measurement Working Group. “This innovative platform will empower our members to track progress, identify best practices, and foster cross-learning, ultimately accelerating our journey toward a sustainable future.”

For more information on the 2024 Global Progress Brief and Data Portal, visit