Banking and investment
On the face of it, the financial services industry is far removed from the 'smokestack' industries that traditionally come under the sustainable development spotlight. Yet banking and investment have a crucial role to play - not only by reforming the way they do business, but by providing the means for other businesses to do the same.
By the same token, financial institutions are responding to a growing demand for sustainable investments. Evidence is emerging that investing in sustainable businesses, whether individually or as a collective whole, can deliver an excellent rate of return, as well as giving investors the reassurance that their capital is helping to bring about change for the better.