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Principles for Sustainable Securities Lending (PSSL)

The ISLA Council for Sustainable Finance (ICSF) aims to introduce wide-ranging solutions for sustainable securities lending through the introduction of its Principles for Sustainable Securities Lending (PSSL), developed over the past two years by a high-level working group representing beneficial owners, in association with ISLA.

The PSSL remit is to have a strong and clear impact on the social, governance and long-term thinking elements of sustainable securities lending. They will reinforce the overarching governance framework, through, but not limited to, the ICSF Annual Report on the State of Sustainable Securities Lending. This will make recommendations on the entire securities lending value chain in line with best sustainable finance practices. It will also enhance transparency around the impact of securities lending on the environment, and we commit to developing and implementing new and best practice environmental solutions through our innovation.

PSSL, alongside other ESG initiatives such as the UN Supported Principles for Responsible Investing (UNPRI), Green/Social/Sustainability Bond Principles, Equator Principles, and the UN Principles for Responsible Banking, will enhance our analytic investment opportunities for sustainable finance. It will offer a tangible potential to advocate wider law, policy and regulation at a national, regional and global level. It will also be a pathway for other organisations to learn about the industry and exchange best practices.

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