8th OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment


Sarah Thompson

RBC Capital Markets and Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

Director, Sustainable Finance, RBC Capital Markets and Vice Chair, Transition Taxonomy Technical Committee


Sarah Thompson is Director, Sustainable Finance at RBC Capital Markets. As part of the Sustainable Finance Group, Sarah works closely with the growing number of corporate, institutional and government clients globally who view Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors as important considerations in their strategy and investment decision-making process. Sarah joined RBC in 2011 as the bank’s first Green IT Manager. In 2013, she moved to RBC’s Corporate Sustainability Team to oversee enterprise-wide operational footprint reduction initiatives, produce ESG disclosure and support business units with the development of sustainable financial products and services. In addition, Sarah partnered with RBC’s Corporate Treasury Group to establish RBC’s Green Bond Program. The bank issued its inaugural Green Bond in April 2019 following the publication of its Green Bond Framework outlining the process for Green Bond issuance and reporting. Sarah represents RBC Capital Markets on Canada’s Sustainable Finance Action Council (SFAC) Taxonomy Technical Expert Group and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Climate Transition Finance Working Group. She is also a Vice Chair of the CSA Group-led Transition Finance Technical Committee. Sarah is based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from McGill University and an MBA in Sustainability from York University’s Schulich School of Business.

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