January 2024

Sustainable Finance Law: Hong Kong


The sustainable finance framework for the Hong Kong market is voluntary. While there are no specific regulatory or legal requirements for sustainable finance, several financial regulators in Hong Kong, such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEX), have been spearheading support for sustainable finance and have continued to issue guidance on related topics such as ESG disclosure requirements and climate-related risk management.

At the regional level, in February 2023, the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA), jointly with the Loan Market Association (LMA) and the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA), issued updates to the principles and guidance on three types of sustainable loans: green loans, sustainability-linked loans (SLLs) and social loans. The updates provide the latest industry standards for sustainable lending within the Asia Pacific region.

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