An unprecedented coalition of Australia’s monetary providers sector has promoted a metamorphosis of the nation’s monetary system to prioritise prosperity for all, meet 21st century sustainability challenges and place Australia extra competitively inside worldwide markets.
The Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) — comprising 80 organisations throughout main banks, insurers, tremendous funds, civil society and stakeholders — has launched a roadmap that units out a daring plan to align Australia’s monetary system to help a thriving Australian society, a wholesome surroundings, and a robust and affluent economic system.
The roadmap requires monetary system contributors to embed sustainability into their organisation’s objective, technique and management, and to help the transition of the economic system to web zero emissions by 2050, in keeping with worldwide conventions together with the Paris Settlement and the UN Sustainable Improvement Targets.
The roadmap makes 37 suggestions that may allow the monetary providers sector — along with regulators and governments — to strengthen Australia’s monetary system with the goal of recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 and delivering a transition to a web zero, resource-efficient and inclusive economic system.
ASFI Co-Chair Jacki Johnson stated, “The roadmap signifies a step change in how the finance sector does enterprise. It gives a path in the direction of a monetary system that’s higher ready to face future dangers and shocks, resembling a altering local weather; to fulfill the present wants of Australians whereas delivering on long-term wants for a sustainable future; to boost monetary inclusion and wellbeing of all Australians, together with our most susceptible; and to direct capital to the place it’s most wanted.
“Most of the challenges that Australia faces are world in nature and, past our borders, a significant worldwide shift is underway shaping capital flows. There may be an pressing crucial for Australia’s monetary providers sector to behave to stay globally aggressive in a world more and more prioritising a sustainable economic system,” Johnson added.
“We’re searching for to reorient capital — the place capital is lent, what it insures and the place it’s invested — to supporting and constructing worth at the moment whereas strengthening the financial, pure and social property that underpin our long-term prosperity.”
ASFI Co-Chair Simon O’Connor stated, “As governments throughout Australia — federal, state and native — set a route for a stronger and extra sustainable nation, this roadmap is the monetary providers sector’s contribution to making sure our sector is aligned with this future. As an trade, we’re prepared to steer and play our half.
“Current occasions, resembling bushfires, floods and drought, in addition to COVID-19, have highlighted how regionally and globally linked our economic system, society and surroundings are.
“The monetary providers sector recognises the crucial function it must play for Australia to get well from the pandemic and to arrange for our future challenges.
“We have to mobilise now to allow a affluent and thriving economic system, which may solely be delivered whereas investing in a sustainable and resilient society, and wholesome surroundings,” O’Connor added.
The roadmap’s 37 suggestions are targeted on:
- embedding sustainability into management
- integrating sustainability into observe
- enabling resilience for all Australians
- constructing sustainable finance markets.
The roadmap has been developed collaboratively by greater than 140 contributors from over 80 organisations spanning Australia’s monetary system, together with monetary establishments, civil society, academia, regulators and authorities. This has been finished underneath the steering of a steering committee comprising main banks, insurers, buyers and civil society representatives, supported by monetary regulators APRA and ASIC in observer roles.
In help of the launch of the Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap, Cbus Chief Funding Officer Kristian Fok stated, “Cbus is proud to have performed an element within the improvement of the ASFI roadmap by our participation on the steering committee and dealing teams.
“ASFI will present sturdy advantages in relation to creating widespread frameworks and taxonomies that may be utilized throughout the monetary providers sectors, together with alignment with world initiatives.
“Most significantly, implementation of the roadmap will assist help higher outcomes for our members as we transition to a extra sustainable future.”
Emma Herd, CEO of the Investor Group on Local weather Change, added, “We’re witnessing an unprecedented world capital shift from the outdated economic system to the brand new web zero emissions of the 21st century.
“The suggestions of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative present a transparent pathway for the finance trade to make sure it’s retaining tempo with this world shift and is nicely positioned for what might be one of many largest funding alternatives in historical past.”
Rules for Accountable Funding (PRI) CEO Fiona Reynolds said, “Australia is already well-known on the worldwide stage for its dynamic monetary providers sector and for having the world’s fourth largest pool of superannuation property — property that have to be invested and managed over a long time for the advantage of present and future generations. Nonetheless, because the findings of the 2019 Royal Fee and different current occasions have proven, our monetary system should evolve earlier than it could actually declare to perform with the perfect pursuits of its clients and society extra broadly at its coronary heart.
“The suggestions outlined within the ASFI roadmap will assist place Australia as a worldwide chief in sustainable finance and make sure the nation can fulfil its commitments underneath the Paris Settlement and the Sustainable Improvement Targets. The PRI encourages all of its Australian signatories to work with ASFI over the approaching years to implement the suggestions in full.”
Supply of the roadmap might be pushed by a everlasting sustainable finance physique, to be established in 2021.
The Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap could be discovered here.