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This Thursday, March 8, 2018, the European Commission released the adoption of its action plan on financing sustainable growth.It aims to promote sustainable finance as a reference framework for the regulation and functioning of European financial markets. This roll-out is one of the priorities for a Capital Markets Union (CMU) and one of the key elements in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the EU Sustainable Development Agenda. Finance for Tomorrow welcomes the adoption of this concrete and ambitious action plan, which is largely in line with the framework developed in France.

The action plan has three major objectives: reorienting capital flows towards a more sustainable economy, mainstreaming sustainability in risk management, and fostering transparency and long-termism.

This roadmap is based on the work of a year of the European High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance. This group was created by the Commission in December 2016, is chaired by Christian Thimann, Senior Advisor to the AXA President and Director of the AXA Research Fund, and is composed of professionals from the financial sector in various European countries. Five members of Finance for Tomorrow are part of this group of experts, testifying the Paris financial center’s involvement in sustainable finance issues. The HLEG issued its final recommendations on January 31, 2018, constituting one of the most ambitious projects in the world to align the financial system with the 2°C trajectory of the Paris Agreement. This project is now well reflected in the priorities of the Commission’s action plan.

The objectives of the action plan are supoorted by concrete actions:

  1. Establishing an EU sustainability taxonomy,
  2. Creating standards and labels for green financial products,
  3. Fostering investment in sustainable infrastructure projects,
  4. Incorporating sustainability in providing financial advice,
  5. Developing sustainability benchmarks,
  6. Integrating sustainability in ratings and market research,
  7. Clarifying institutional investors’ and asset managers’ duties,
  8. Incorporating sustainability in prudential requirements,
  9. Strengthening sustainability disclosure and improving accounting rule-making,
  10. Fostering more sustainable corporate governance and attenuating short-termism in capital markets.

The adoption of the European Commission’s Action Plan is a major step towards the transition to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable financial system. It also validates, in its approach and its content, the action of Finance for Tomorrow, which works to make green and sustainable finance a key element of the attractiveness of the Paris financial center, while strengthening the European and international collaboration on these topics.

Download Finance for Tomorrow Press Release:

Access the documents relative to the EU Commission Action Plan for Sustainable Finance:

Download Finance for Tomorrow's analysis: "Green and Sustainable Finance: French and European Strategies:

Download the HLEG final report: