Tokyo Financial Award, ESG Investment Category: now accepting candidates!


As one project in the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government  (TMG), following last year’s program will continue hosting the “Tokyo Financial Award.” TMG has been  granting a prize to financial institutions who provide and develop innovative products and services that  meet Tokyo citizens and businesspeople’s needs and challenges, as well as those who work to promote  ESG investments*. 

We are looking for financial institutionsthat practice activities to promote ESG investment in line  with the themes of environment, society, and governance, as well as businesses practicing SDG  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 Tuesday, August 31. 

* ESG (“Environmental, Social, 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 financial institutions that practice  activities to promote ESG investments and SDG management in line with the 8 themes in the ESG  Investment Category and the 17 SDG goals in the SDGs Category. 

  1. 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


  1. 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 institutions  ・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: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 

To: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

# to be selected  Approximately 3 institutions(one of whom will also receive the Governor’s  Green Finance Special Award) 
How to apply  Please visit the Tokyo Financial Award website to apply: 

Please see submission guidelines for details


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The 17 SDG 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



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