The Investor Agenda: Accelerating action for a low-carbon world

  The Investor Agenda will bring together and promote the key actions that investors around the world are taking to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and manage the risks of climate change. UNEP FI and six of its strategic global Partners – Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, CDP, Ceres, Investor Group on Climate Change, Institutional Investors […]

Two Salvadorian Banks Join UNEP FI

Jan 2018 | San Salvador, El Salvador

We are pleased to announce the joining of two new banks to the Initiative.
Banco Hipotecario and Banco de Fomento Agropecuaria held events during January of this year to mark their commitment to sustainable finance.

Can we insure our way to healthier oceans and ocean communities?

Can we insure our way to healthier oceans and ocean communities? Imagine a world where: Municipalities proactively restore wetlands and offshore reefs wherever possible to protect their citizens and infrastructure and lower their insurance premiums. Small-scale fishers receive insurance payouts immediately after devastating hurricanes so fisheries-dependent communities can start to recover. The risks of running […]

EU High-Level Expert Group Delivers Roadmap for Sustainable Financial System

The European Union High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) launched its final report in Brussels on 31 January. Under the leadership of UNEP FI Co-Chair Christian Thimann, Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight at AXA Group, it aims to put achieving a sustainable financial system at the heart of financial reform […]

Stay in touch with the Positive Impact Finance Initiative: Read our new newsletter

These are exciting times for Positive Impact Finance. $5-7 trillion a year until 2030 are needed to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide. The greater part of the necessary financing and investment will need to stem from private finance. With the Positive Impact Initiative, we’re laying the groundwork for the emergence of an impact-based approach to […]

Practitioners share insights on community engagement and indigenous peoples’ rights

Together with AFD and IADB, UNEP FI took stock of standards, industry practice and barriers to address on sustainable finance and community engagement, with a focus on indigenous peoples’ rights and the implementation of the free, prior and informed consent principle. BNP Paribas (France), Citi (US), International Development Corporation (South Africa) and Financiera Nacional de […]

Regional dialogues on rights-based, inclusive sustainable finance

UNEP FI members and stakeholders discussed the current trends and expectations relating to financial institutions’ responsibility to respect human rights and their ability to address burning social issues at a series of regional dialogues on finance and human rights. These were organized as part of 2017 UNEP FI Roundtables for Sustainable Finance in Buenos Aires, […]

Defying sceptics, the UNEP Finance Initiative has created positive impact on a global scale. UN Global Compact founding director and Arabesque chairman Georg Kell looks at what the UNEP FI has achieved in a quarter of a century.

Blog: Argentina announces energy efficiency as priority for its G20 presidency

  19th December, 2017 UNEP FI has been engaging with the new Argentinian G20 presidency via the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group, of which UNEP FI is part of the secretariat. In his latest blog, UNEP FI’s Martin Schoenberg reports on the importance Argentina is placing on the role of energy efficiency continuing the […]

Governance changes: UNEP FI welcomes new committee members

Elections have been held recently for positions in the Global Steering Committee (GSC) as well as across the three industries: Banking, Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), and Investment Committees. We are excited to announce the results of the elections: Global Steering Committee Europe, Banking – Antoni Ballabriga, BBVA Africa & Middle East, Banking – Musa […]

Nomura Real Estate Asset Management becomes 11th member of UNEP FI’s Japan Group

Nomura Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd. (NOREAM) has recently joined UNEP FI, becoming the 11th member of the Japan Group. President & CEO Ambe Norio said, “While seeking the sustainable improvement of mid- and long-term performance, acting with fiduciary responsibility, and increasing ESG investment, our company manages a number of funds including the Nomura […]

Positive Impact Initiative in the news: Review 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close, we are providing an overview of the many interesting articles and publications which have been published by the press on the Launch of the Positive Impact Principles and its further developments.

CDPQ, Sarasin and SURA join Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition: Members now oversee more than US$800 billion in decarbonization strategies

12 December, 2017 In the latest demonstration of institutional investors’ commitment to taking action on climate change, asset owner La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), as well as asset managers Sarasin & Partners and Latin America-based SURA Asset Management have today joined the United Nations’ Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC). With the addition of […]

Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition: 3rd annual progress report details benefits of low-carbon approach

  The third annual report from the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) examines the progress made by its members in assessing and taking investment action on climate-related risks and opportunities, and by extension, in decarbonizing capital allocation and portfolio design worldwide. It provides an introduction to the coalition, and an overview of the decarbonization approaches and […]

Webinar: Finance mechanisms to achieve the SDGs

Watch the recording of a webinar held on 6 December which addressed the issues of assessing needs, set processes developing innovative financial mechanisms and adapting existing instruments for funding the SDGs. It gathered several influential representatives from the finance community and the corporate sector to discuss the challenges of the financing the SDGs. The webinar was organised by Climate Action and Sustainable Investment Forum Europe and featured UNEP FI’s Careen Abb from the Positive Impact Initiative.

UNEP FI Honoured with IPE Outstanding Industry Contribution Award

Last month, UNEP FI and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) received the Investments and Pensions Europe 2017 gold award for Outstanding Industry Contribution in recognition of our work on Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century. Long considered a barrier, the programme seeks to modernise conceptions of fiduciary duty to integrate environmental, social and governance […]

New online database provides comprehensive information on climate risk insurance

The Climate Insurance is the first-ever online database on climate risk and a recent collaborative effort to promote risk transfer and insurance as an approach to more effectively manage the increasing number of disasters and their impacts on vulnerable communities. The database shares the experiences of numerous international organizations in the field of risk transfer […]

CSI Kenya joins as UNEP FI Supporting Institution

  27 November, 2017 UNEP FI is very pleased to welcome CIS Kenya, a leading credit-focused association, as a supporting institution. Chief Executive Officer Jared Getenga said, “There is no question on who should join the Sustainable Finance Initiative, we should look at it as a matter of when. All businesses have to calculate risks, […]