The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched the ESG Impact Hub to spur co-location and collaboration “between Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) Fintech startups and solution providers, financial institutions and real economy stakeholders.”
The Hub will also “anchor industry-driven sustainability initiatives such the Point Carbon Zero Program and KPMG’s ESG Business Foundry.” Located at The Great Room at Afro-Asia, the launch was “officiated by Mr Ravi Menon, Managing Director of MAS.”
The establishment of the Hub seeks “to capitalize on the strong industry interest in Project Greenprint and expedite the growth of Singapore’s ESG ecosystem” on three fronts:
- Growing ESG FinTechs: The Hub will facilitate the discovery, scaling and deployment of technology solutions to address ESG needs of corporates and financial institutions, notably in terms of accurate measurement, reporting and verification of climate and sustainability data.
- Anchoring ESG Enablers: MAS will engage knowledge partners, financial institutions and investors to organize key ESG initiatives out of the Hub, such as ESG FinTech accelerator programs, training and capacity-building workshops, and thought leadership events.
- Supporting ESG Stakeholders: MAS will engage the Hub community to deploy its programs and solutions to drive material, quantifiable impacts that support sectoral transition efforts, with particular emphasis on the eight focus sectors identified by the Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT).
At the time of launch, 15 ESG Fintechs and organizations are already “set up at the Hub.”
MAS will continue “to engage key stakeholders in building the Hub’s onsite community, and fostering partnerships to enhance financial sector access to high quality climate and sustainability data, to support more efficient deployment of capital towards green and sustainable projects.”
Dr. Darian McBain, Chief Sustainability Officer, MAS, said:
“The establishment of the ESG Impact Hub is a critical milestone in Project Greenprint’s journey to build a vibrant and robust ESG ecosystem in Singapore, underpinned by technology and data. This physical Hub will augment MAS’ plans to launch a digital Greenprint Marketplace next year to catalyse the growth of the region’s online ESG community; and will serve as the launchpad for public-private partnerships that support Asia’s just and sustainable transition to a low carbon economy.”