New Pathways - Building Blocks for a Sustainable Finance Future for Europe


The proposals set out in this paper make the argument for specific tangible changes that financial institutions, financial regulators and policy makers can implement to deliver sustainable finance. They are clustered together in themes, each with their own briefing notes and recommendations to serve as building blocks in a renewed financial system. 

The themes are, in broad terms, realigning finance with society’s needs; recalibrating regulatory instruments; making the financial ecosystem more diverse and collaborative; helping individual citizens to invest in a sustainable economy; encouraging financial firms to develop sustainable business models; and creating the disclosures needed to manage the sustainability of the financial system.

Collectively, these themes and recommendations reflect the thinking of some of the pioneering practitioners and leading thinkers on sustainable finance who contributed to this report – with a particular emphasis on the role of sustainable banking as a major driving force in a sustainable economy.