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Banks given a year to comply with sustainable finance rules

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has announced that Philippine banks have until the end of 2024 to align with the new Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Guidelines (SFTG)
• These guidelines categorize bank-financed activities into three categories: green, amber, and red, based on their alignment with sustainability goals

🔭 The context: The SFTG is designed as a "living document" that will evolve based on the feedback and capabilities of financial institutions
• It is part of the BSP's broader strategy to support banks in transitioning towards more sustainable operations, emphasizing tailored transition plans that reflect each bank's unique situation and business model

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This initiative aims to significantly boost the financing of sustainable projects in the Philippines, reflecting a larger trend across ASEAN banks towards embracing green finance
• This shift is critical for accelerating progress towards climate and sustainability goals in the region

⏭️ What's next: Banks are expected to pilot these guidelines throughout 2024, with the BSP closely monitoring and assisting in the implementation
• This period will also serve as a crucial phase for adjusting the guidelines and ensuring they effectively contribute to sustainable development

💬 One quote: “We wanted them to craft their own transition plan, taking into account their unique circumstances, their own business models,” said Chuchi G. Fonacier, Deputy Governor of the BSP

📈 One stat: As of 2024, 90.3% of Philippine banks are actively financing sustainable activities, up from 79.3% in 2021

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