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Are you lost in all the letters of sustainable investing? Fear not, you are not alone! We have put together the most common acronyms and sustainability terms in this searchable table. Hope you find what you need.

Acronym/TermStands forIn BriefMore information
20302030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentAgenda adopted by Heads of and Governments in September 2015. A plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets. 2030
ACGAAsian Corporate Governance AssociationAn organisation that promotes effective standards of corporate governance and investor stewardship in Asia.ACGA
CBIClimate Bonds InitiativeAn international, investor-focused not-for-profit and the only organisation in the world working to mobilise the US$100 trillion bond market for climate change solutionsCBI
CDSBClimate Disclosure Standard BoardA non-profit organization working to provide material information for investors and financial markets through the integration of climate change-related information into mainstream financial reporting.CDSB; Wikipedia
CICEROCenter for International Climate and Environmental ResearchA rating agency that evaluates the degree to which green bonds are "green".CICERO
DansifDanish Sustainable Investment ForumThe leading association for the promotion and advancement of sustainable and responsible investment in Denmarkfor the benefit of its members.Dansif
DFIsDevelopment Finance InstitutionA financial institution that provides risk capital for economic development projects on non commercial basis.Wikipedia
EDFIAssociation of European Development Finance InstitutionsAn organisation that helps European DFIs to respond to the new development paradigm by stepping up its communications and adding more resources.EDFI
ESGEnvironmental Social & GovernanceSome of the most important letters in sustainable investing, it is often used as a synonym for sustainable investingWikipedia; Investopedia: EIB Research
EurosifEuropean Sustainable Investment ForumEurosif is the leading European association for the promotion and advancement of sustainable and responsible investment across Europe, for the benefit of its members.sif
FinnfundFinnish Fund for Industrial CooperationFinland's DFIFinnfund
FinsifFinnish Sustainable Investment ForumThe leading association for the promotion and advancement of sustainable and responsible investment in Finland for the benefit of its members.Finsif
FSBFinancial Stability BoardInternational body that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial systemFSB
GSIAGlobal Sustainable Investment AllianceA collaboration of global sustainable investment organizations to deepen the impact and visibility of sustainable investment organizations at the global level.GSIA
GIINGlobal Impact Investing NetworkAn organisation that provides support, education, and research to accelerate the development of impact investing. GIIN
IcelandSIFIceland Sustainable Investment ForumThe leading association for the promotion of awareness and debate about the methods of sustainable and responsible investment in Iceland.IcelandSIF
ICGNInternational Corporate Governance NetworkAn organisation that promotes effective standards of corporate governance and investor stewardship worldwide.ICGN
IFCInternational Finance CorporationAn agency of the World Bank Group in charge of providing financial assistance to the private sector in developing countries (see "DFIs" and "MDBs")IFC;Wikipedia
IFU"Investeringsfonden for Udviklingslande" (Denmark's Investment Fund for Developing Countries)A development fund set up by the Danish government in 1967 to promote economic activity in developing countries in collaboration with Danish trade and industry.IFU
Impact GuidelinesIFC Impact GuidelinesA set of guidelines devised by the IFC to help investors measure, manage and assess the non-financial impact of their investments.IFC
MDBsMultilateral Development Bank (International Finance Institutions)A DFI that is supported and funded by more than one country. Traditionally MDBs are either global or regional (EBRD, EIB, ADB, CAF, NIB, etc)Wikipedia; Investopedia
NGFSNetwork for Greening the Financial SystemA network of global central banks and financial regulators, which aims to help strengthening the global response required to meet the goals of the Paris agreement and to enhance the role of the financial system to manage risks and to mobilize capital for green and low-carbon investments in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development.Banque de France
NIBNordic Investment BankThe MDB of the Nordic and Baltic regions of Europe.NIB; Wikipedia
NorfundNorwegian Investment Fund for Developing CountriesNorway's DFINorfund
NorsifNorwegian Sustainable Investment ForumThe leading association for the promotion and advancement of sustainable and responsible investment in the Norway for the benefit of its members.Norsif
NSBNNasdaq Sustainable Bond NetworkA global, publicly available web-based platform designed to improve transparency in the market for green, social and sustainability bonds.Nasdaq
Planetary Boundaries/NAA concept involving Earth system processes which contain environmental boundaries defining a "safe operating space for humanity" for the international community based on scientific evidence that human actions since the Industrial Revolution have become the main driver of global environmental change.Stockholm Resilience Centre; Wikipedia
SASBSustainability Accounting Standards BoardAn organisation that helps businesses around the world identify, manage and report on the sustainability topics that matter most to their investors.SASB;
Wikipedia
SEIStockholm Environment InstituteA non-profit, independent research and policy institute specializing in sustainable development and environmental issuesSEI; Wikipedia
SIDAStyrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete (Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency)A government agency working on behalf of the Swedish government to reduce poverty in the world. SIDA; Wikipedia
SRCStockholm Resilience CentreAn international research centre on resilience and sustainability scienceStockholm Resilience Centre; Wikipedia
SRISustainable & Responsible InvestingTogether with ESG, SRI is one of the generic acronyms to designate sustainable investing practicesWikipedia; Investopedia; Related content
SSFCStockholm Sustainable Finance CentreA collaboration between Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) that aims to accelerate and promote the shift in capital investments required to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate targets.SSFC
SwedfundSwedish Development Finance InstitutionSweden's DFISwedfund
Swedish NABThe Swedish National Advisory Board for Impact InvestingA open, not-for-profit association promoting, stimulating and mobilizing private, institutional and non-governmental funding of solutions to societal challenges.Swedish NAB
SwesifSwedish Sustainable Investment ForumThe leading association for the promotion and advancement of sustainable and responsible investment in Sweden for the benefit of its members.Swesif
TaxonomyShorthand for the "EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities"The European Union's categorization of which economic activities are actually greenEuropean Commission
TCFDTask Force on Climate-Related Financial DisclosureA special group formed by the FSB to develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers, and other stakeholders.TCFD
UN MDGs / MDG / MDGs Millennium Development GoalsA set of 8 goals set by the United Nations in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. They have been replaced by the SDGs.UN; Wikipedia
UN GCPs / GCP/ GCPsUnited Nations Global Compact PrinciplesA set of 10 principles to tie corporate behaviour to establish a culture of integrity and long termismUN Global Compact;
Wikipedia
UN SDGs / SDG / SDGsUnited Nations Sustainable Development GoalsA set of 17 goals set by the United Nations and part of the 2030 Agenda. UN; Wikipedia; WEF Page
UN PRBs / PRB/ PRBsUnited Nations Principles for Responsible BankingA set of 6 principles providing a framework for a sustainable banking system, and help the industry to disclose its positive and negative contributions to society.UN PRB Page
UN PRIs / PRI/ PRIsUnited Nations Principles for Responsible InvestmentAn international network of investors working together to put a set of six principles into practice: PRI;
Wikipedia

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