The SUSBA interactive toolkit enables assessment and benchmarking of critical
Environmental & Social integration performance for banks across the globe.
The SUSBA tool assesses the public disclosures of 36 listed banks across six ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), 10 major banks in Japan and Korea, and an additional eight international banks active in the region.
The assessment framework comprises six pillars and 11 indicators, that signify what WWF considers to be robust ESG integration. The assessment is performed against 76 sub-indicators, with binary “yes/no” answers.
We developed this framework with reference to:
To provide a more comprehensive data set against which Asia Pacific banks can benchmark themselves, the tool includes assessments of select international banks that are active in the Asia Pacific loan market. Although SUSBA remains an Asia-focussed tool, banks in the region may find it useful to compare themselves against international banks that began their ESG integration journey earlier.
To highlight the progress that banks have made on ESG integration, the assessment results also display improvements or regressions (indicated in green and red, respectively). To view the detailed assessment results and benefit from the tool’s full functionalities, users can visit our Assessment page.
The Sectors & Issues framework is a feature of SUSBA launched in 2020. The purpose of this framework is to guide banks on which commitments and disclosures they need to be making in order to address issues in key sectors for environmental and social factors.
The framework comprises two pillars. The first pillar assesses the bank’s public commitments and understanding of the E&S issues at hand. The second pillar is what the bank expects of clients operating in that sector. Banks can score 0, 0.5, or 1 on each sub-indicator. A score of 0.5 is given for incomplete or less robust performance. Below are the current sector frameworks SUSBA covers:
To view the detailed assessment results and specific indicators on sectors, users can visit the Assessment page to explore further.
WWF has worked with the financial sector (banks, investors and regulators) for more than a decade, with the objective of accelerating the integration of ESG risks and opportunities into mainstream finance, so as to redirect financial flows to support the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. Our approach to sustainable finance leverages:
Our conservation experience on the ground across WWF’s global practices.
Our partnerships with companies on key issues such as climate, energy, food and water to drive sustainability.
Our participation in cutting-edge sustainable finance initiatives (e.g. Science Based Targets initiative and the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance).
This has allowed us to strengthen lending and investment criteria for key industry sectors, provide insights and data on environmental and social risks, fulfil critical research gaps, help unlock innovations in sustainable finance products and convene key stakeholders to progress the sustainable finance agenda.