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Sustainable finance: How can we create a finance system that incentivises and rewards long-term thinking?

It is widely recognised that today's financial system does not actively reward long-term thinking. Often, it can actually work against efforts to build a sustainable economy.

CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance is a research, education and practice hub on financial market reform to help governments, financial institutions and businesses build a sustainable financial system. Its work is underpinned by insights from CISL’s finance sector business groups, made up of leaders from over 50 financial institutions across five continents.

ClimateWise (global insurance)

ClimateWise comprises 29 leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers and industry service providers who share a commitment to reducing the impact of climate change on society, as well as the insurance industry.

Banking Environment Initiative

Some of the world’s largest banks working to lead their industry in directing capital towards environmentally and socially sustainable economic development.

Leading investment managers and asset owners with over US $5 trillion under management working to help shift the investment chain towards responsible, long-term value creation.



Investing for Resilience 

Environmental_risk_analysis.pngTraditional response to rising levels of risk – to re-price, withdraw or transfer exposure to others – will always remain a central feature of how insurance manages its risk pools. However, society will struggle to reduce the climate risk protection gap – the growing divide between total economic and insured losses – if the insurance industry’s response to climate change is limited to avoiding, rather than managing the risk. Managing societal resilience to climate change will therefore become more important as exposure intensifies.

In response, ClimateWise’s Societal Resilience Programme, of which this study is part, brings ClimateWise members together with a range of stakeholders to identify actionable solutions for how the insurance industry can support society’s transition to a zero carbon, climate-resilient economy. It explores this via the industry’s investment activities.


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Thought leadership

Moving beyond the uncertainty of climate change risk

April 2012 – Inherent uncertainty means that every statement made in relation to climate change risk must be caveated, but that is not an excuse for inaction.

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How do we protect growth in a world of ‘new normals’?

November 2011 – Last Friday the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved a new report on ‘Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Climate Change Adaptation’. This is compelling reading both for those interested in climate change science, and for those working everyday to protect future economic and social activity.

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