The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
We focus on two core areas within sustainable finance:
Financing Green: Through WWF’s Bankable Nature Solutions initiative, we leverage Hong Kong’s position as an international financial centre to originate and arrange commercially viable investments with positive environmental and social impact, with funding sourced from private and/or public institutions.
Greening Finance: Together with the WWF global finance practice, we engage with institutional investors, lenders, underwriters, and finance sector influencers in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific to improve their integration of environmental risks and opportunities, guiding their decisions and actions taken to contribute to environmental and conservation outcomes.
BANKABLE NATURE SOLUTIONS
Each year, only US$1.7 trillion of the US$4.2 trillion needed annually to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is invested, mostly from public, philanthropic and governmental sources.
Greater private-sector investment could potentially close this funding gap by more than half. But the private sector has traditionally been wary of investing in sustainable projects due to limited investment opportunities and their perceived risks, small sizes and relatively low returns.
Bankable Nature Solutions (BNS) aims to mobilise private-sector investment into projects that not only build more sustainable, climate-resilient ecosystems for people, nature and economies, but are also financially viable enough to be scaled up and replicated, increasing both environmental and financial gains.
The natural environment is essential to achieving the SDGs, providing vital resources that can be harnessed to create solutions to the challenges we face. But nature is being degraded at a rapid rate with alarming consequences. Sustainable finance is key to reversing this trend.
The global financial system enables economic activity that significantly impacts our planet. Together with WWF’s finance practice, the EFU can encourage a meaningful shift by influencing finance to improve integration of environmental risks; encouraging finance to deliver investment for sustainable development; and using the influence of finance in turn to drive sustainable practices through the economy.
WWF-Hong Kong's sustainable finance team works to drive economically viable solutions for climate, species and habitats by redirecting capital flows towards green investment and sustainable development.
Our work in Asia involves scaling up the impact of conservation by looking at the complex ecological, social and political systems in which we operate, and helping to structure projects that are attractive for investors.
EFU projects and initiatives:
Bankable Nature Solutions, Dutch Fund for Climate and Development, Environmental Bonds, Climate Impact Asia Fund, Resilient Asian Deltas, Asian Flyways, Natural Capital
Regional Lead, Dutch Fund for Climate and Development Asia-Pacific
Stuart is the Asia-Pacific Regional Lead of the origination facility for the €160 million Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) and is part of WWF’s Bankable Nature Solutions team which aims to originate and develop bankable projects with positive environmental and social impact. He has been directly involved with over 20 projects throughout the region including - but not limited to - Viet Nam, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand. The majority of his work is to ensure projects are structured to be business ready and meet investment criteria. Several projects have been through the rigors of the DFCD Investment Committee process and are ready for investment. Prior to WWF, he spent 25 years in the financial industry managing regional and global derivative sales and trading businesses. He started his career as an open outcry floor trader on LSE and LIFFE before moving onto Salomon Brothers , HSBC, UBS and Jefferies.
Senior Advisor, Sustainable Finance and Regional Lead, Bankable Nature Solutions Asia-Pacific
Chloe co-leads Bankable Nature Solutions for the Asia-Pacific region to originate and develop scalable bankable projects with positive environmental and social impact. She works with WWF International’s global initiative to mainstream environmental issues into debt capital market standards and practices and work towards achieving net-zero and nature positive debt capital markets. Prior to WWF, Chloe spent 3 years in impact investing with a focus on climate change mitigation and biodiversity restoration and conservation. Chloe has over 14 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, post-merger integration, growth strategies and business development in Sydney, London and Greater China. Chloe is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Environmental Governance (Distinction) and a CFA Level 4 certificate in ESG investing.