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Analysis: Improving sustainable finance in Indonesia


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the views of investors who do not only look at the profit side but also see the sustainability aspects of a project. Sustainability practices have become an important factor embedded in the business and operational activities as consumers and the government are more aware about values and risk in terms of the social and environment aspects. Indonesia and China are now entering the maturing stage of 38 countries in the SBN, initiated by the International Financial Corporation (IFC). This assessment is based on the extent to which sustainable finance has been implemented and what impact it has had. One way this is gauged is by measuring banks that participate in green finance. Chinese banking regulators and central banks have issued guidelines to improve Chinese banks' ESG practices and accelerate green lending since 2012. Green lending by Chinese banks totaled US$1.37 trillion in the first quarter of 2019, up 4.3 percent from the beginning of the year and worth 9.9 percent of total loans. The Indonesian regulator, the Financial Services Authority (OJK), introduced a 10-year strategic road map for sustainable financial market development in 2014. This was followed by an umbrella policy to green the entire financial system, a set of sustainability reporting requirements, a definition of green loans and a green bond framework. With the guidance and supervision of the OJK, eight major Indonesian banks have initiated the implementation of policies to systematically green their investment portfolios. 

KEEP READING: [ANALYSIS] Improving sustainable finance in Indonesia, by Elisabeth Carolina - Published in The Jakarta Post on Dec. 15, 2020




The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) joins the Sustainable Banking Network

NBU joins sustainable banking network. November 23, 2020 | Ukrinform
NBU joins Sustainable Banking Network. November 23, 2020 | UAZMI
NBU Governor and IFC Discuss Projects to Increase Financial Services Availability. November 10, 2020 | National Bank of Ukraine
ШЕВЧЕНКО ЗУСТРІВСЯ З ТИМЧАСОВИМ КЕРУЮЧИМ ДИРЕКТОРОМ IFC. November 11, 2020 | Ukrainian | Finbalance
Голова НБУ зустрівся з керівництвом Світового банку та IFC. November 11, 2020 | LB
Глава НБУ зустрівся з керівництвом Світового банку та IFC під час візиту до Вашингтона. November 11, 2020 | Ukrainian | Interfax
Голова Нацбанку обговорив з IFC і Світовим банком спільні проєкти. November 11, 2020 | Ukrainian | Finclub
Голова Нацбанку обговорив з IFC проєкти з підвищення доступності фінпослуг. November 11, 2020 | Ukrainian | Minfin
Голова Нацбанку обговорив з IFC проєкти з підвищення доступності фінпослуг. November 11, 2020 | Ukrainian | Ukrinform
Глава Нацбанку зустрівся з керівництвом IFC: що обговорювали. November 11, 2020 | Ukrainian | Banker
Голова Нацбанку обговорив з IFC і Світовим банком спільні проєкти. November 11, 2020 | Ukrainian | Antiraid




Association of Serbian Banks (ASB) joins the Sustainable Banking Network

Association of Serbian Banks Joins Sustainable Banking Network. November 18, 2020 | Association of Serbian Banks
Udruženje banaka Srbije postalo član Mreže održivog bankarstva. November 18, 2020 | Serbian | Blic
Udruženje banaka Srbije pristupilo Mreži održivog bankarstva. November 18, 2020 | Serbian | 24sedam
Udruženje banaka Srbije pristupilo Mreži održivog bankarstva. November 18, 2020 | Serbian | Sveonovcu




Sustainable banking in the 'new normal'

October 24, 2020 | The Financial Express

Sustainable Banking Network (SBN) identified several recommendations to promote sustainable banking activities based on its observations during 2019 and during the period of Covid-19 covering key areas of sustainable banking: environmental and social risk management by banks and financial institutions, green finance, financial inclusion, and agriculture and SME finance. Communication, and education efforts should be coupled with efforts to increase financial literacy and awareness. Setting minimum investment targets or targeted credit schemes to promote green activities within the agricultural and SME sectors are also essential. It also identifies three key lessons for promoting green finance. They include planning broad stakeholder engagement to help create well-tailored policies, definitions, and standards, supporting banks with additional guidance to build capacity, and drawing on international support and resources where possible. READ MORE




Debt Capital Markets: Helping Lenders Scale Climate Finance in Emerging Markets

November, 2020 | Capital Markets Intelligence

The development of the global green bond market — and its potential for further expansion — has the attention of issuers, investors and regulators. The Sustainable Banking Network — whose members from 38 emerging markets account for over 85% of total emerging market banking assets — dedicated a working group to take stock of the key recommendations for green bond market development. IFC, through its advisory work, has been supporting capacity building and green bond market development through its Green Bond Technical Advisory Program, which provides training and hands-on advice to issuers and regulators. READ MORE

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