High-Level Working Group on Green Sukuk

A group of global stakeholders working together to promote and facilitate the power of green sukuk

About the High Level Working Group

During COP26, the Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC), Her Majesty’s Treasury, Ministry of Finance in the Republic of Indonesia, Islamic Development Bank, London Stock Exchange Group and the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) came together to launch a High Level Working Group on Green Sukuk (HLWG).

Our “Innovation in Islamic Finance: Green Sukuk for SDGs” report identified that an additional US$30+ billion of capital towards the SDGs can be raised by 2025 through green and sustainability sukuk. The HLWG has been launched to unlock this potential and deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement.

  • Industry-led
  • Policy-focused
  • International
  • Outcome driven

Founding Partners

Strategic Partner

Working Group Aims

The HLWG will be a focused, high-profile group of global stakeholders that will be led by the founding partners. The UKIFC together with Global Ethical Finance Initiative will act as Secretariat. The HLWG will focus on the following objectives:

Ensure green and sustainability sukuk is highlighted at annual COP summits up to and including 2023 to increase awareness of the instrument and proactively encourage the issuance of such sukuk by all market stakeholders (corporates, multilaterals and sovereigns) as a key Islamic financing key tool.
Assist and enhance existing established global standard setting bodies and regulatory initiatives run by the UN, IsDB and others (e.g. PRI, NGFS, Transform, PRB) to encourage better alignment of the Islamic finance industry with the global green and sustainability financial movement.
Identify and address specific existing challenges for green and sustainability sukuk on the supply and demand side.

Working Group Meetings

May 2023

At the 3rd meeting of the High-Level Working Group meeting in May 2023, members joined virtually to discuss Green and Sustainability Sukuk. Proceedings commenced with opening remarks by Shrey Kohli (London Stock Exchange Group, Working Group Chair), who provided the background to the Working Group. The importance of the state of the market report was emphasized, and members were urged to take the opportunity to comment on the work plan and consider how to make the most of COP28.

Thereafter, the Secretariat provided a detailed overview of the work plan which covered: capacity building, education & awareness, knowledge portal, reporting frameworks, and tactical opportunities. Representatives of Norton Rose Fullbright, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad, UKIFC, DDCAP Group, and Dechert then provided their contributions.

Knowledge Hub

Financing a Sustainable Future

Green and sustainability sukuk report 2022

With our partners the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), we launched a report on green and sustainability sukuk, examining the potential for Islamic fixed income products to deliver financial returns and impact for the SDGs. The report was presented at the Dubai launch event for GEFI’s Path to COP28 campaign on 24th October.


Innovation in Islamic Finance:

Green Sukuk for SDGs

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) established a blueprint for addressing economic, social, governance, and environmental challenges – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is estimated that funds of up to US$7trn are required on an annual basis for initiatives aligned to the SDGs.

This report, commissioned in conjunction with UNDP Indonesia, explores the role of green sukuk in the context of climate change and the green economy. It highlights the potential of green sukuk to be used effectively by OIC member states and beyond, to finance NDC’s by attracting investment at scale to projects that reduce national greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.