Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance
Supporting the sustainable and positive impact of your business
Today’s world is one of increasing needs, decreasing natural resources and rapid technological change. Business as usual is not an option. We collectively need to act now for the future, for the next generations.
Finance is at the very heart of an essential shift to more sustainable development, based on a more inclusive and sustainable economy. In order to give life to this positive impact ambition on society, Societe Generale has been at the origin of the concept of ‘Positive Impact Finance’ which calls for a new financing paradigm.
With pragmatism and in a step by step approach, Societe Generale is committed to strengthening sustainable finance solutions for its clients, from economic, social and environmental perspectives. We are convinced that solutions should be looked at through the prism of their holistic impacts on the society, taking into account the positive contributions while identifying and mitigating the negative impacts.
In recent decades, we have developed in-depth environmental and social expertise across our business-to-business offerings, to help our clients focus on impacts to increase their long-term value. We have done so across the whole value chain: from research and advisory, to financing and capital markets, as well as investor solutions and services.
Advocating the concept of ‘positive impact finance’
The United Nations estimate that US $ 5-7 trillion per year will be necessary to finance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Today, only a portion of these needs are covered, leaving a significant financing gap, and the private sector will play a key role in delivering these goals.
Highly supportive of this transition to a fairer & greener economy, Societe Generale is supporting its clients’ needs as they tackle environmental & social challenges. Hence, the bank was a pioneer in the creation of the UN’s Positive Impact initiative which seeks to foster the business and financial ecosystem we need to achieve a sustainable world. Societe Generale is now co-chair of the initiative.
The Positive Impact initiative is based on the idea that addressing global economic, social & environmental issues is both an imperative and a massive business opportunity for the private sector once an impact-based approach is implemented.
The Positive Impact Finance Initiative* aims at providing a common language and developing new solutions to finance the Sustainable Development Goals along with our clients
Why focusing on Sustainable Finance matters
- We believe in Sustainable Finance and its key role to contribute to the development of a better world. For instance, integrating positive impact criteria in financing & investment solutions generates long term outperformance. And sustainable investment improves the long-term returns of businesses and portfolios, while meeting the demands of end investors, regulators and other stakeholders.
- There is a growing demand from clients, both corporates and investors. For the past years, the growth of sustainable investment and financing has outpaced that of the rest of the market. Client needs are growing exponentially, we have the solutions to meet them.
- Alongside our clients, our staff is extremely motivated to address these challenges as they want to play a positive role, individually and collectively, in achieving the United-Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and contribute to a sustainable future.
Inspired by the spirit of Positive Impact Finance, we have developed a full range of solutions to support our clients’ transformation.
To support our clients’ transformation –corporates and investors alike-, we have launched a dedicated offering bringing together all our environmental & social expertise across the full spectrum of investment and financing solutions.
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