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Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF)

Our Vision

The Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF) aims to produce fresh thinking and cutting-edge research on the challenges to integrating sustainability concerns into financial markets and investment decisions.

YISF functions as a knowledge hub and provides space for intellectual exchange among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.

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Our Approach

YISF sponsors research and dialogue on the relationship between capital flows and a more sustainable future. YISF also produces conceptual frameworks, empirical analyses, market guidance, and policy recommendations related to the integration of sustainability concerns into financial markets and capital allocation processes.

Analytically rigorous academic research, which informs policy and provides marketplace guidance

YISF research is academically rigorous, theoretically grounded, and action-oriented. It focuses on illuminating barriers to and identifying incentives for, steering the flow of capital toward more sustainable enterprises and projects. YISF also aspires to help refine the legal rules and procedures required to enhance the focus on sustainability in financial markets and the world of investment more broadly.

Interdisciplinary research

As a joint initiative between the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), YISF research benefits from the knowledge of a wide range of faculty across Yale University and addresses sustainable finance from a variety of fields, including economics, finance, accounting, environmental sciences, social sciences, and law.

Knowledge hub

The Initiative aims to create a knowledge hub that provides a space for robust conversations on sustainable finance issues by organizing workshops, conferences, and online interactions in which research findings and policy perspectives can be shared and debated.


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