Instruments to help you navigate the sustainable finance journey.

Take Action – Frameworks


What are Frameworks?

Frameworks, also referred to as Principles, are instruments that provide high-level guidance on how to streamline sustainable finance, from governance to reporting and disclosure. Frameworks usually require their signatories to adhere to high-level objectives/principles.

Why joining a Framework?

To get support in setting up commitments and objectives to embed sustainability across the organisation, following industry peers best practices.

When joining a Framework?

Frameworks can guide an organisation through the different stages needed to develop and implement a sustainability related strategy. Finding the most appropriate Framework depends on an organisation’s overall objectives and the theme(s) it wishes to focus on.

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The table below will help you navigate the main Frameworks relevant for financial actors. You can filter them by Target, Theme or search by key words. To ensure the full usability of this page, we recommend you to access it through your laptop and make the browser window full screen. 

wdt_ID Name Description Target Theme Members / AUM
1 CDSB framework for reporting environmental and climate change information Approach for reporting environmental and climate change information in mainstream reports, such as annual reports, 10-K filing, or integrated reports. Companies, Financial Institutions Accounting, Climate Disclosure, Environment NA
2 Equator Principles (EPs) Minimum requirements to determine, assess and manage environmental and social risks in projects financing. Financial Institutions, Project Finance, Infrastructure Environment Risk, Social Risk 118 / NA
3 ICMA Green, Social and Sustainability - linked Bond Principles, Sustainability Bond Guidelines and Climate Transition finance / SDGs Handbooks Support in financing socially, environmentally sound and/or sustainable projects and provide transparent ESG credentials. Bond Issuers, Capital Market, Green Bonds, Social Bonds, Sustainability-linked Bonds Climate Transition, Environment, Social, Sustainable Finance, SDGs 600 / NA
4 Investor Climate Action Plans (ICAPs) Expectations Ladder Key climate actions in the areas of investment, corporate engagement, policy advocacy, and investor disclosure. Governance is a cross-cutting theme. Asset Manager, Asset owners, Institutional Investors GHG Emission NA
5 ISO 14097:2021 Greenhouse gas management and related activities Assess, measure, monitor and report on climate change and the transition into a low-carbon economy. Financial Institution, Investors Climate Risk, GHG Emission NA
6 Green / Social / Sustainability linked Loan Principles (GLP, SLP, SLLP) Promote integrity in the development of the loan market by clarifying how to categorize loans as green / social / or sustainability linked. Financial Institutions, Banks, Green Loans, Social Loans, Sustainability-linked Loans Environment, Social, Sustainable finance NA
7 Natural Capital (NC) Protocol Enable organizations to identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital for decision making. Companies, Financial Institutions Accounting, Capitals approach, Biodiversity, Environment NA
8 Net Zero Investment Framework (NZIF) Practical blueprint to enable the decarbonisation of investment portfolios and increase investment in climate solutions. Asset Owners, Institutional Investors GHG Emission 28 / $1.9 trillion
9 OECD - Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises for Responsible business conduct (RBC) Code for responsible business conduct consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognised standards. Multinational Enterprises Environment, Human Rights, Corruption, Consumer Interest 38 countries (OECD members) / NA
10 Operating principles for Impact Management (OPIM) Design and implement impact management systems to ensure impact considerations are integrated throughout the investment lifecycle. Asset Managers, Asset Owners, Institutional investors, Development Finance Institutions (DFI) Impact Investing 137 / $418 billion
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