Sustainable finance refers to the process of taking environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into account when making investment decisions in the financial sector, leading to more long-term investments in sustainable economic activities and projects.

In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to commit in law to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In 2021, the government went further, setting in law the world’s most ambitious climate change target to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. To achieve this, the whole economy will have to transform.

This shift is well underway. The market for ESG investments in the UK has grown dramatically. Businesses and financial institutions are responding to the challenge and impetus to grow in responsible, sustainable ways.

Sustainable finance will be crucial in directing private investments into the transition towards net zero and into companies that demonstrate good governance. It will play a role in fighting the climate change, in making our societies more diverse and inclusive and in supporting a more sustainable economy.

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This guide has been created in collaboration with Alpha FMC to support Wealth Managers with publishing their TCFD report(s) for the first time this year or for those looking to improve their existing reporting for the future.

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In line with FCA recommendations, the cross-trade body industry group including the Investment Association, PIMFA, AIC, UKSIF, TISA, the ABI and Eversheds has come together to develop a proposed framework and associated guidance for firms adding consumer-facing disclosures to their sustainable investment products. 

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