About SustainSME​

Our mission is to put sustainability into business finance.

Investor interest in sustainable debt has grown rapidly in recent years but the market is undeveloped in business finance. Yet to ensure we achieve a greener, more sustainable future, capital must flow to sustainable SMEs and those willing to make the transition.

Sustainability-linked business finance will create an incentive for SMEs to green their business while enabling finance providers and their investors to deliver on their sustainability commitments. But measuring, verifying and reporting sustainability data for an SME and embedding this data into financing terms is the key challenge that needs to be addressed. That is why we are creating SustainSME – the only end-to-end software solution for sustainable business finance.

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Our mission

To put sustainability into business finance by creating the tools finance providers need to originate, structure and service sustainability-linked finance for SMEs.

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Our vision

To be the leading digital platform for sustainable business finance, enabling businesses and finance providers to achieve their sustainability goals, so that together we can protect the future of our planet.

SustainSME Co-founder
SustainSME Co-founder


Richard Dalton, CFA MBA

Richard is a seasoned investment banker-turned entrepreneur. He was formerly managing director of Nomura and NatWest Markets in Singapore where he built and led successful credit solutions teams providing innovative, bespoke financing solutions to financial institutions and corporates across the Asia-Pacific region. Passionate about the intersection between finance and sustainability, Richard developed the business plan for SustainSME while completing an MBA in Sustainable Business at Business School Lausanne. Richard also has a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Cambridge and is a CFA charterholder.


Luke Watkins-Lewis

Luke is a technology strategist and business design expert. He has led major technology and transformational programmes for large complex global organisations, such as Nissan and Addidas. 

He has almost 15 years of experience in matching technology solutions and organisational structures to business and end user needs.

Luke studied Advance Digital Strategies at the IESE Business School in New York.

SustainSME Co-founder
SustainSME Co-founder