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12 Nov 2021

ESG Investing, Financial Markets and Climate Transition

The accelerating threat of climate change raises the urgency of commitment to climate transition, including the important role of global financial markets to align investment with net zero targets.

On 4 October 2021, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published two reports which discuss policy considerations in the areas of ESG investing, financial markets and climate transition.

The first report ‘ESG Investing and Climate Transition — Market Practices, Issues and Policy Considerations’  is intended to serve as an input report to the G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group. This report highlights the main findings from recent OECD research on ESG rating and investing. It offers policy considerations to strengthen ESG practices to foster global interoperability and comparability, as well as encourage greater alignment of environmental metrics with a low-carbon transition.

The second report on ‘Financial Markets and Climate Transition’ 2 focuses on the critical contribution financial markets must play towards achieving an orderly transition to low-carbon economies, and the policies needed to support this. It explores the key elements that could factor into market pricing of climate transition risks and opportunities, offers frameworks and case studies, reviews the growing range of market products and practices and puts forward policy options that can support this transition.

This e-briefing provides a high-level overview of the first of these reports.

Click here to view the report in full.
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