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Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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


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[Press release] August 3, 2020
Office for Strategic Policy and ICT Promotion
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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 who provide and develop innovative products and services that meet the needs and challenges of Tokyo citizens and businesses, as well as businesses who 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 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.

* 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 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 SDG 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 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 Monday, August 3, 2020 to Friday, October 16, 2020

Number to be selected:Approximately 3 institutions

How to apply:
Please visit the Tokyo Financial Award website to apply:
*Please see submission guidelines for details

3. Schedule
 April – September
  ・Accepting opinions from Tokyo residents and business-people on their needs
  ・Accepting candidates for Financial Innovation category (By September 11)
  ・Accepting candidates for ESG Investment Category (By October 16)

 October – December
  ・Initial Review, support program, final Review for Financial Innovation category
  ・Final Review for ESG Investment Category

 January - March
  ・Award Announce- ment and Ceremony (Around February)

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

*From the United Nations Depart of Social and Economic Affairs. For more information about the 17 SDG goals, please visit to following website: 

We are still accepting candidate companies for the “Financial Innovation Category” until Friday, September 11.

“TOKYO FINANCIAL AWARD 2020 ESG Investment Category” The information sessions will be held

[ Contact ]
Assigned Operations for Global Financial City Tokyo
Special Zone Strategic Projects Promotion Section,
Office for Strategic Policy and ICT Promotion
TEL: 03-5388-2144 

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