The Financial Times and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have launched the 2012 FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, the world’s leading awards for banks and other financial institutions that demonstrate leadership and innovation in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance considerations into their business.
Now in their seventh year, these awards reflect the growing role that the financial sector plays in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change and environmental degradation, social exclusion, food security, improving access to finance, and using technology to better serve the world’s poor.
Many investment institutions and financial intermediaries in developed and emerging markets are addressing these challenges and creating long-term value for their shareholders by managing environmental, social and governance risks, and boosting competitiveness through innovative, commercially viable and sustainability-focused products and services. Last year’s awards attracted a record 187 entries from 161 institutions in 61 countries.
The FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards this year recognize achievements across four categories that reward banks, asset owners and asset managers as well as their nonfinancial partners on an institutional and transactional basis. For 2012, a new award will be offered to acknowledge initiatives in financial services that harness information technology and communications to address the scarcity of essential goods in the world’s poorest communities.
Entries will be accepted until March 15, 2012 in the following categories:
- Sustainable Bank of the Year
- Sustainable Investor of the Year
- Sustainable Investment of the Year
- Technology in Sustainable Finance
The first category is open to banks; the remaining categories are open to all financial institutions. Nonfinancial companies that work in partnership with financial institutions to deliver sustainable products and services may apply for the Sustainable Investment and Technology awards.
As part of the overall Sustainable Bank of the Year category, Regional Awards will also be offered for leadership and innovation in Africa/Middle East, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. A separate Global Sustainable Bank of the Year prize will be open to institutions with assets of more than $500 billion, substantial operations on at least two continents, and more than 40 percent of revenue earned outside the country of incorporation.
Entry forms and criteria are available at www.ftconferences.com/sustainablefinance.