Business activities throughout the world are constantly monitored from responsible investment viewpoints. In recent times, the stakeholders’ value maximization is not only restricted to quality product and service delivery but also targeted towards impact assessment. The environmental and social factors are becoming the core indicators of the best corporate governance practices. The approaches are now changing and navigating towards a sustainable landscape. Where, besides the financial fundamentals, non-financial indicators are gaining importance for accurate business valuation. All economic spheres are also experiencing these emerging trends. Where every rupee spent is expected to be financially rewarding and environmentally sustainable. The market participants and the regulators are now establishing standardized self-regulation and continuous monitoring system to uphold the best governance practices.
India, following these emerging trends, is developing a sustainable ecosystem for self-sufficiency and better economic growth. Social inclusiveness, reduction of poverty, and maintaining growth momentum to create wealth are the prime focus of the government. All sectors in the economy need to be harmonized towards achieving this while addressing the welfare of people. Companies in India are now gradually shifting their attention towards sustainable development goals. To achieve this goal, companies need to create a sustainable culture that ensures best business practices with targeted results. The Indian financial system is not immune to these emerging trends. Technological sophistication, creating new investment avenues, finance for the masses, and developing better delivery mechanisms are some of the emerging challenges to a sustainable financial system. In the emerging economies, India has the ability to become a sustainable finance hub and a resilient financial system. However, to create a sustainable financial ecosystem where every investment is consistent with the best governance practices, we need active participation from the industry, civil society, and policy commitments from the government. Against this background, the 13th finance conclave endeavors to deliberate on the emerging trends of the Indian financial system and its sustainable future ecosystem.