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Sustainable Finance

Sustainable Finance is becoming the driving force for sustainable change

Sustainable Finance has become a powerful global movement led by both policy- makers and financial institutions.

The term itself is now both commonly used and broadly interpreted. It describes the process of Financial Institutions (FIs) taking account of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations within their operations as well as when making financial or investment decisions (“Responsible Investment”).

However, the term Sustainable Finance is also increasingly used to describe the development of specialised ESG and sustainability-focused financial products that both encourage or fund environmental and social infrastructure or actions and meet the increasing appetite for ethical, sustainable investments. Sustainable finance is therefore also relevant for companies seeking to raise finance to support their ESG goals.

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Global ESG assets are on track to exceed $53 trillion by 2025

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Global ESG assets are on track to exceed $53 trillion by 2025

Until recently, FIs saw ESG as primarily a risk management process. Regulation likewise primarily focused on ensuring disclosure, mostly on risks such as climate change exposures. Policy makers however saw that access to finance was essential to meeting their sustainability goals, especially on climate, and at the same time customers, from individuals paying into their pensions upwards have increasingly demanded their money be invested more sustainably.

Investors have adapted their strategies to capitalise on these market opportunities and directly invest in the companies that are more sustainable or provide sustainability solutions. Meanwhile, lenders have sort to provide innovative finance products to both individuals and businesses that either fund specific environmental projects and/or reward more general ESG improvement actions via preferential rates.

Increasingly regulation, lead by the EU, has sought to put definitions around what is “sustainable” to drive this market and ensure that capital is channelled to the genuinely impactful projects. Consequently, ESG assets are predicted to exceed $53 trillion by 2025 or circa a third of anticipated assets under management.

At the same time, businesses have been seeking this financing support. The most progressive firms are now partnering with lenders to put in place supply chain finance programmes to help their suppliers reduce their impacts.

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ESG asset development worldwide 2018-2025Source: Bloomberg Intelligence.

Anthesis supports a broad range of sustainable finance clients

Anthesis works with all types of financial institution as well as with corporates seeking to raise capital, including:

  • Banking institutions, including retail, commercial and investment banks
  • Insurance companies, including general, life and non-life insurance
  • Asset owners and managers, including public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth, family offices and private equity
  • Brokerage, support and advisory firms
    • Multinational financial institutions such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
    • Regional and national regulators and supervisory agencies
    • Individual corporate borrowers entering sustainable financial transactions
    • Corporates looking to implement supply chain or customer finance programmes

    M&A Transaction Support

    The Anthesis transaction services team understand the process, pace and language of transactions. The team has decades to experience of working with both acquirers and vendors across M&A and real estate transactions.

    Sustainable Finance Products

    We assist financial institutions to develop new sustainable financial products for their customers depending on the type of customer and product. Anthesis also supports companies to prepare in advance of agreeing loans or the issuing of bonds.

    ESG Services for Financial Institutions

    Anthesis’ Sustainable Finance team understands these unique challenges and has delivered ESG strategy development and implementation support to a broad range of financial institutions across Banking, Insurance, Asset Owners & Managers.


    Over the last 18 months, Anthesis’ expert but human approach has seen our partnership grow across a multitude of areas of ESG. An absolute pleasure to work with, Anthesis have seamlessly integrated into our ways of working. Immediately grasping where we were in our ESG maturity, they have shown a genuine desire to help us move things forward through applying expertise and passion from across a vast array of subjects and sectors.

    Richard Mason
    Head of ESG, AO


    We wanted the ESG screen as we were keen to understand the definition of ESG and to see the criteria you would be using. We were also interested to see how others would view us through this lens. The Anthesis screen provided us a with a “mirror”. The value to Neste was that it confirmed we are on a right track to addressing ESG issues. It also helped us to identify some potential improvement opportunities, several of which we are working on, and others that warrant further evaluation.

    Employee, Neste


    I have worked with Anthesis for many years. They have a depth of ESG understanding and expertise, allowing real analysis and advice on the emerging issues that are becoming increasingly material to our clients. What sets them apart is their willingness and ability to apply this, together with technology solutions, to enhance the quality and speed of their reporting.

    Paul Davies
    Partner, Latham & Watkins


    Bioplastics are a promising solution to the global plastics problem. Anthesis was collaborative and creative in their analysis, which helped deepen our understanding of this exciting opportunity.


    It was a joy working with Anthesis. They provided a wealth of experience in enabling us to understand the nuances of the metrics so that we could put our best foot forward in our sustainability report. In short, I give Anthesis my highest recommendation as a Corporate Responsibility partner and publisher, and I would not hesitate to work with them again.

    VP Investor Relations

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