About Fair Finance India

Fair Finance India is a civil society led coalition working towards ensuring a sustainable financial sector in India. Fair Finance India will stimulate greater transparency and accountability in the financial sector in India, by encouraging the integration of human rights standard and ESG criteria in their policies. The Fair Finance India coalition believes that transformational policy and practice changes can end poverty and extreme inequality. This can be achieved only with an active and engaged civil society, working with multiple stakeholders. It can strengthen the financial sector in India to ensure that due diligence done by banks for corporate investments and lending. It integrates and prioritizes ESG factors and human rights standards in their policies and practices. Fair Finance India is part both of the Fair Finance Asia regional network as well as Fair Finance Guide International.

Fair Finance Guide International
Fair Finance Guide International

Fair Finance Guide International

Fair Finance Guide International (FFGI) is an international civil society network initiated by Oxfam which seeks to strengthen banks’ and other financial institutions’ commitments to social, environmental and human rights standards. Recognising the strategic importance of financial institutions, FFGI uses its own internally developed methodology, based on internationally recognized standards, for assessing banks and other financial institutions’ disclosed commitments to Corporate Social Responsibility within their core businesses. Called the Fair Finance Guide, this methodology rests on the premise that financial institutions should adhere to legislation and regulation in countries where they operate and also comply with widely supported international standards even where these are not included in local legislation. 

FFGI is currently active in 11 countries: Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Thailand. In every country, a coalition of civil society groups, with expertise in areas relevant for monitoring and assessing the financial sector, operates and publishes annual assessments of banks using the Fair Finance Guide. Country coalitions often include development and human rights organisations, labour unions, environmental groups and consumer organisations. FFGI-A central aim is to encourage and foster a ‘race to the top’ among banks and other financing entities - from a sustainability perspective. 

FFGI thus assesses financial institutions’ support for activities through their financial services that contribute to sustainable development. FFGI believes that financial institutions should record these expectations and make them publicly known in their policies for specific issues and sectors. This is important so that consumers and other interested parties can compare financial institutions, and a wider range of stakeholders impacted by banks activities can be made aware of their commitments.

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We recommend to businesses a converging value model of materiality: one in which aggregate social, economic and environmental returns to all stakeholders represent the true value your bank creates. One built on the foundation of independence. This model begins with the necessary recognition that banks, like other businesses, can have interests that diverge from the wider society and environment on which they depend. We address this by:

  • Supporting banks to recognize both negative and positive impacts of their business decisions, including impacts they contribute to or are linked to through companies they finance
  • Building capacity to develop policies that further a harmonization of these interests, leading to greater aggregate stakeholder value creation 
  • Fostering higher levels of public disclosure on matters of common concern
  • Recognising banks that demonstrate the highest standards of sustainability and assisting them on their path to national, regional and global leadership

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