The 'Capital as a Force for Good, Capitalism for a Sustainable Future' Report 2021 examines the initiatives and commitment of the world's leading financial institutions. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) face a financing gap that has soared to up to US$100 trillion in the wake of COVID-19 and other urgent global challenges. Additional annual funding worth roughly a tenth of global economic output will be needed every year to meet the SDGs by the deadline of 2030. Finance industry leaders have significantly increased their engagement in this regard, committing a record US$9.5 trillion in sustainable financing to 2030. Closing such a gap will require a global multi-stakeholder effort and a new consensus to be reached on how that can be achieved as a matter of urgency.

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'I love this planet' is an initiative of Force for Good, which is supportive of the mobilisation of the deployment of capital as a force for good in the world at a time of profound and multi-dimensional change in the world.

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Without immediate and fundamental changes, the world will fail to fund the SDGs and finance the transition to a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future. Based on the latest report from the Force for Good Initiative (F4G), the current funding shortfall to achieve the SDGs is c.10% of annual global GDP for the next decade and this amount is not something governments nor the private sector can deploy on their own. However, financial institutions as the custodians of over 85% of the world's gross liquid assets have a critical role to play in the mobilization of other key stakeholders and in the development and execution of solutions

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The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted in Glasgow by the UK government on 31 October to 12 November, was required to be the opportunity to ‘save the world’ before it was too late through its commitments to fund climate change, provide for environmentally safe human activity and fund the transition for the world at large. Landmark agreements have been reached on important topics such as Net Zero, emissions, deforestation and resource while leaving important challenges to meet the 1.5 degree requirement for safety posed by the IPCC.

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Through 10,000 Small Businesses, Goldman Sachs helps small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity via education, support, and financing. To date, its signature initiative has helped nearly 12,000 small business owners who together represent US$14 billion in aggregate revenues - all told, they employ over 200,000 people, driving productivity, growth and employment in their local communities.

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