Op-ed by Jose Vinals, Group Chairman of Standard Chartered and GISD Alliance Co-Chair

In an op-ed for The Business Times (Singapore), GISD Alliance Co-Chair Jose Vinals (Group Chairman of Standard Chartered) urges the investor community to embrace a new era of sustainable development investing: "to meet the challenges facing us, we must reject the false choice between profits and principles. There is a path forward that can unleash the power of private capital to make our world more sustainable and our lives more equitable." 

Joint Statement by the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance

We, the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance, reiterate our full support to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs remain the blueprint to navigate these turbulent times. They can guide us back on course towards a sustainable world with prosperity for all.

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Watch the GISD-hosted panel discussion broadcasting from the World Economic Forum in Davos

Of the US$3 trillion needed to finance the SDGs, the average annual financing gap for emerging markets is US$2.5 trillion. This will have grown as a result of the Covid pandemic, which also wiped out decades of progress. How can we align the incentives of governments, multilaterals and the private sector to scale investment into sustainable development, to bring about a fairer, safer, more resilient and more prosperous world?

Renewed, Recharged and Reinforced: Urgent actions to harmonize and scale sustainable finance

This report provides recommendations and strategic considerations that, if followed, will enable leaders from the public and private sectors to harmonize objectives, coordinate global standards and align efforts to facilitate, promote and scale up investment towards the Sustainable Development Goals.