Established since 2018, Unlocking capital for sustainability is an annual premiere event organised by Eco-Business in partnership with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that brings together high-level decision makers in finance, business, government and civic society to discuss and commit to actionable initiatives that mobilise the capital markets for sustainable development.
The financial sector stands at a crossroads of change: Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the role of finance in building equitable, sustainable economies has been extensively debated across societies. Set amid this backdrop is the rise of sustainable finance, which allocates capital with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) lens to create long-term value for all stakeholders. Despite the encouraging momentum, however, the deployment of sustainability-driven capital remains small relatively to the size of global markets. Unlocking capital for sustainability aims to accelerate the growth and adoption of sustainable finance in capital markets, with a particular emphasis on Asia Pacific.