May 31, 2023

Standards for Sustainability: The Role of Finance and the Emergence of BS ISO 32210:2022

The world today grapples with a series of existential crises: climate change, ecosystem degradation, escalating poverty, and relentless water stress. With a swelling global population predicted to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, we are at an inflection point. The consequences of increased consumption and pollution are becoming ever more evident and pressing.

This article highlights how the finance sector can play a crucial role in transitioning towards a more sustainable economy.

Finance: The Sustainability Powerhouse

Historically, financial services have been instrumental in providing investors, lenders, and borrowers with crucial services in risk management and capital allocation. But today, their role has extended far beyond the traditional remit. They are now playing a vital role in the transition to a more sustainable economy, helping to tackle the impacts of environmental degradation, social inequality, and economic instability.

The journey towards a sustainable economy is fraught with challenges. It necessitates a transformational change in the sector to cater to sustainability needs and simultaneously thrive during this transition.

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Enter BS ISO 32210:2022

To aid this huge challenge, a new British Standard, BS ISO 32210:2022, has been developed. This serves as a blueprint to guide finance firms on their path towards sustainable development. This standard helps organisations:

Integrate sustainable finance principles: By infusing these principles into core operations and services, finance firms can pivot towards sustainability.

Align with emerging regulations: As expectations from stakeholders and market opportunities evolve, alignment with these shifts can foster responsible growth.

Mitigate risks: Through enhanced control and prevention of 'greenwashing', firms can effectively manage sustainability impacts.

Demonstrate continual improvement: Showcasing ongoing enhancements in sustainability outcomes can solidify a firm's reputation and trust.

Increase transparency: A transparent approach to policies, processes, and sustainability performance builds stakeholder confidence.

Strengthen internal governance: Improved operational rigour and governance promote efficient execution of sustainability initiatives.

Here to Help

Finativ is helping asset finance organisations embark on their sustainability journey. By leveraging the rigour of ISO 32210, Finativ is developing a programme designed to help firms meet their sustainability goals, whilst complying with the new British Standard. This partnership offers a powerful combination, enabling financial institutions to proactively navigate the landscape of sustainable finance.

If you are ready to begin your sustainability journey and benefit from the robust framework that ISO 32210 can provide, Finativ is here to guide you. With extensive experience in implementing quality standards and preparing organisations for audits, we can help make the transition to ISO 32210 seamless as possible.

Contact us to discuss how Finativ can support your journey towards a greener, more sustainable future.

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