The synergy between Islamic and Sustainable investing is vast and their convergence inevitable. ESG Sukuk reached US$4.6 billion in 2020 and all signs point toward massive, continued growth as demand increases. As demand grows, the need for innovation is high. New investment products and opportunities are required and that only means one thing – Thought Leadership.

IFN is delighted to bring you the IFN Islamic Sustainable Investing Thought Leadership Report, a series of thought-provoking reports, case studies and opportunities from the industry’s leaders and innovators. Coupled with interviews, news, data and exclusive podcasts with each of these leaders.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Act now!Many powerful quotes emerged from COP26 (2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference), which I found to have resonated with the Islamic sustainable finance movement, which extends well beyond climate change...

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COVER STORY: Sustainability: The future of Islamic financeThe call for finance to be a force for good has become more urgent than ever, and the Islamic finance industry is heeding that call. Despite practitioners often being quick to point out the similarities between it and the sustainable finance movement...

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AAOIFI

Islamic finance and sustainabilityThe flagship event of 2021, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), hosted in Glasgow in the UK, ended recently. It was the 26th climate change conference that attracted political...

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IFSB

Islamic sustainable finance and the IFSB initiativesThe cardinal triad of sustainable finance: environmental, social and governance (ESG) aligns with the fundamental objectives of the Shariah upon which Islamic finance is premised. The inherent attributes of Shariah...

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IIFM

ESG implementation challenges and risk factors to the Islamic financial services industryThe political, business and financial leaders and policymakers around the world are now either looking into or aggressively working on plans to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050...

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ICIEC

ICIEC ReportTwo of the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have been the acceleration toward digitization in financial services and a redoubling of initiatives toward sustainable investment...

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IDBI

Integrating sustainable development goals into Islamic financeThis statement succinctly summarizes the Islamic approach to development: steady and consistent progress rather than quick and abrupt growth. “Haste makes waste,”...

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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Beyond net zero: People, nature and climateEmbracing a ‘beyond net zero’ strategy means we have an opportunity to protect not only climate but people and the natural world. The collapse of our ecosystems, climate change...

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CGM

Climate Governance Malaysia ReportThe massive build-up of ambition, expectations and momentum prior to the two-week Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow (COP26)...

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RFI

How ESG enhances Islamic asset management in the ‘year of the taxonomy’Responsible finance encompasses everything from socially responsible investing (SRI), environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Islamic finance. Despite the growth...

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BRC

Structuring SukukThe synergies between sustainable and ethical finance on the one hand and broadly Islamic finance on the other are clear and well established. Given that both of these topics...

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Bursa

Bursa Malaysia ReportHow have you articulated and implemented a sustainability strategy at Bursa Malaysia? Who are the key stakeholders and what factors are critical for success...

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Cagamas

Cagamas: Sustainability at its coreInternationally recognized for its robust pioneering model, Cagamas, the National Mortgage Corporation of Malaysia, serves as a special vehicle to support the national home ownership agenda by supporting financial institutions with competitively...

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CIMB Islamic

CIMB Islamic ReportThe flagship event of 2021, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), hosted in Glasgow in the UK, ended recently. It was the 26th climate change conference that attracted political and business leaders representing 190 countries...

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DDCAP

The path from COP26: The role of Islamic finance in transition financingAs the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) drew to a close in mid-November of this year, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned...

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Fitch Ratings

The rise of green and sustainable Sukuk and the road aheadThe link between the world of ethical finance and Islamic finance is strong. In fact, the origins of the modern Islamic finance industry, which started off in the 1970s...

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IBFnet

Impact measurement, rating and exchange through IBF social cryptosFrom the standpoint of investors, impact is an additional dimension in investment decision-making in addition to risk and expected returns. In the case of donors too...

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Kenanga

The changing ESG landscape and our part in itThe term ESG [environmental, social and governance] is frequently mentioned these days, but what exactly does it mean? Perhaps a decade ago, it would seem almost performative to have ESG...

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Luxembourg for Finance

Luxembourg: A global hub for the development of sustainable Islamic financial solutionsIslamic finance strives for fairness, the empowerment of all stakeholders, the pursuit of ethical practices and social responsibility — values that sit at the heart of the growing...

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Nomura

The evolution of Islamic finance: Making the case for Islamic finance as a sustainable and responsible investing alternativeThe last 22 months since the outbreak of COVID-19 that started in China which rapidly evolved into a global-wide pandemic have seen unprecedented disruption...

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Norton Rose

Sustainable finance: New markets for Islamic financeThe combination of global crises from climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with a new political urgency reflected at COP26 [2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference] in Glasgow...

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Prestige Asset Management

The overlap between ESG and Islamic investment, and the opportunitiesThis article looks at the similarities between environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and Islamic investment, and secondly how specific ESG-oriented projects...

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PRI

The PRI and responsible investmentThe rise in responsible investment is irrefutable. Its development has spanned decades from the 1970s when strong voices for responsible corporate practices began to influence the global discourse...

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S&P Global

Combining ESG and Islamic finance principles in an index frameworkIslamic finance and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing are complementary in many ways and hold a number of shared principles. Though broader in nature...

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Standard Chartered Saadiq

Sustainable Islamic supply chain: Going the extra mile in supporting the Halal trade ecosystemThe Halal industry is witnessing an exponential growth with various projections stating the Halal economy as a multitrillion dollar opportunity...

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