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Digital Finance: Harnessing the digital revolution to direct capital to sustainable business models

Why digital finance matters


Digital technologies, from blockchain to big data, are transforming financial services. There is a growing appreciation of the transformative potential of harnessing this digital revolution to support broader efforts to direct capital to sustainable business models. 

Pockets of promising innovation are evident around the world. But these are the exception, not the rule.

 

What is CISL is doing about it?


Cambridge produces world-renowned research in this area, ranging from its Big Data Strategic Research Initiative to the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, which Cambridge hosts. 

Cambridge is also Europe’s most successful technology cluster. Underpinned by world-leading science, there are over 4,300 companies in the Cambridge Cluster including 16 $1bn firms. 

Against this backdrop, CISL leads finance and business collaborations to prove sustainable fintech concepts in practice. We also work with governments and industry groups to embed what we learn into broader innovation processes.

 

Our work and thought leadership


Understanding investments’ sustainability performance to enable more sustainable investment choices

October 2018 – The concept note proposes a new approach that would help pension beneficiaries make better decisions regarding the sustainability performance of their pensions.

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Blue chips and startups launch new fintech pilot for more sustainable supply chains at the One Planet Summit

12 December 2017 – Six international companies and banks and four fintech startups today announced a pioneering new initiative that will test whether blockchain and other technologies can help unlock financial incentives that reward sustainability in supply chains.

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Why it's time for banks to take a fresh look at fintechs

14 November 2017 – Andrew Voysey, Director of Sustainable Finance at CISL discusses why it's time for banks to take a fresh look at fintechs.

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Catalysing Fintech for Sustainability: Lessons from multi-sector innovation

October 2017 – This report presents recommendations on how to design collaboration between multinationals, financial institutions and start-ups in order to better harness fintech to help solve sustainability challenges in the real economy.

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Fintech for sustainability

In recent years, considerable progress has been made in the areas of both financial technology (‘fintech’) and sustainability. However, up to now, these two areas have rarely come together. The Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) is focusing on taking this promising field further.

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Rewiring the Economy

This work is a powerful example of putting into practice Rewiring the Economy, CISL's ten-year plan to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy.

Task 6: Innovate financial structures to better serve sustainable business.