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August 3, 2020
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Tokyo Financial Award, ESG Investment Category:
Now Accepting Candidate Businesses!

As one project in the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is hosting the “Tokyo Financial Award.” TMG has been granting a prize to financial institutions which provide and develop innovative products and services that meet the needs and challenges of Tokyo citizens and businesses, as well as businesses which work to promote ESG investments*.
We are looking for financial institutions that practice activities to promote ESG investment in line with the themes of environment, society, and governance, as well as businesses practicing  SDG-related (Sustainable Development Goals) management initiatives.
The selection of businesses in the “ESG Investment Category” and “SDGs Category” will start from today. You are cordially invited to make your submission.
Additionally, we are still accepting candidate companies for the “Financial Innovation Category” until Friday, September 11.
* ESG (“Environmental, Social, and Governance”) investment refers to investment decisions based on an institution’s proactive efforts such as combating global warming, empowering women, selecting outside directors, etc.

1 Set Themes

The ESG Investment Division welcomes applications from businesses that practice activities to promote ESG investments and SDG management in line with the 8 themes in the ESG Investment Category and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the SDGs Category.
For detailed information, please see the dedicated website.

A. ESG Investment Category

Fields and Themes

  • Environment (E)
    Climate Change, Natural Resources, Environmental Market Opportunities
  • Society (S)
    Human Resources, Health and Safety / Human Rights, Consideration for Others
  • Governance (G)
    Corporate Governance, Corporate Behavior

B. SDGs Category

The 17 goals set out in “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” adopted by the 70th UN General Assembly.

2 Selection Details

Eligible businesses

  • Domestic and international financial institutions that practice activities to promote ESG investment in line with the themes of environment, society, and governance.
  • Domestic and international businesses (including financial institutions) that practice SDG management initiatives that meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Submission period

From: Monday, August 3, 2020
To: Friday, October 16, 2020

Number to be selected

Approximately 3 businesses

How to apply

Please visit the Tokyo Financial Award website to apply
Please see the submission guidelines(PDF:214KB) for details

3 Schedule

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 1
    End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2
    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3
    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5
    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10
    Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11
    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13
    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14
    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15
    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16
    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17
    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

*From the United Nations Depart of Social and Economic Affairs. For more information about the 17 SDGs, please visit this website(External link):

Please click here for the original Japanese press release.

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