Banking and Financial Services
About this sector
The finance industry constitutes the largest group of companies in the world. Banking is the largest financial services sector (24% of total assets in 2005), followed by securities (21%), insurance (18%), pensions (17%) and government related services (13%)168. The role of the sector in biodiversity loss and, indeed, in its conservation is increasingly being recognised. By providing financing to projects and companies, the sector has an indirect reliance and impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.