The French Research Map on Green & Sustainable Finance
"The French Research Map is Green & Sustainable Finance", is a digital cartography proposed by Finance for Tomorrow and theLouis Bachelier Institute, in collaboration with the FIR - Forum for Responsible Investment. This collaboration aims to showcase the quality of the French Ecosystem and make it more accessible to finance professionals, researchers and students.
Financing the fight against climate change and redirecting financial flows is a huge and complex challenge. Economic, financial, and public actors can contribute to redirect capital to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and theParis Climate Agreement.They must be able to rely on high quality research in finance to explore the consequences of financial choices, test innovative tools, and develop concrete solutions. Finance for Tomorrow puts research at the heart of its activity, which is to make green and sustainable finance the key driving force of the development and attractiveness of the Paris Financial Centre. The Louis Bachelier Institute has initiated a“Green & Sustainable Finance Transversal Program”, whose objective is to stimulate researchers, pool research efforts, increase financial resources, and to broaden the audience of these works.
The map aims to provide a better identification of institutions and projects, but also to shed light on main issues and their solutions. By promoting these activities, Finance for Tomorrow and the Louis Bachelier Institute seek to increase opportunities for collaboration between professionals and researchers. It is essential to strengthen their links, so that companies can identify work able to meet their needs and can get involved in the development of research projects.
To carry out the mapping, Finance for Tomorrow and the Louis Bachelier Institute carried out a study to identify institutions, researchers and their topics. This study was completed by the experts from the Research groups of Finance for Tomorrow and the French SIF. Once the actors have been identified, their activities have been divided according to 10 major research topics: Climate, Biodiversity, Energy, Mobility, Carbon, Solidarity Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics in Finance, Socially Responsible Investment, Development. At this stage, more than 100 institutions have been identified, divided into four types: "Academic", "Public Institutions", "Think-Tanks, NGOs, Networks", & "Private Sector". Based on this work, the mapping was designed in the form of a data visualization that links to a directory of institutions, to provide readability of the ecosystem while allowing access to more information.
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This map is a digital and collaborative tool: everyone can propose modifications or contributions to complete it. All stakeholders can participate in the development of Research in Green and Sustainable Finance in France and join a dynamic ecosystem, able to meet the challenges of tomorrow's finance.
The mapping was launched for the event "Green Finance Research Advances"co-organized by I4CE and the Banque de France in partnership with the Louis Bachelier Institute and Finance for Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, 2018.