Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile
The Italian Sustainable Investment Forum (Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile or FFS) is a non-profit and multistakeholder organization, founded in 2001. The Association is governed by a nine members Board, all elected by the Assembly, and is managed by a General Secretariat.
FFS’s mission is to promote the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in the policies and processes adopted by the investors.
FFS considers Sustainable and Responsible Investment as a tool to affect the economic development by making it more consistent with the principles of sustainability. FFS also believes that investors’ social responsibility should be encouraged through indirect measures, based on voluntariness and transparency, and not imposed by law.
In its activities, FFS interacts with the demand side (retail and institutional investors), the supply side (financial services providers) as well as intermediaries (consultants and sales networks), with the aim to increase the amount of assets invested according to SRI criteria and to improve the effectiveness of this practice.
FFS’ activities are aimed at:
- Providing its members with an information and training network, with the objective to encourage the exchange of ideas and foster effective development in the field of SRI;
- Informing and educating the financial community and the external audiences (media and the society ad a whole) on SRI, through cultural events, seminars, workshops, publications, researches and campaigns;
- Establishing and strengthening relations with institutions and organizations interested in achieving similar objectives;
- Promoting the implementation of a regulatory framework in which SRI is encouraged, both at domesitic and European level;
- Developing long term strategic programmes, with the aim to increase the awareness and engage specific targets such as institutional investors and retail investors.