Report – Sustainable Insurance: The Emerging Agenda for Supervisors and Regulators

Key sustainability factors are now recognized as potentially significant for the success, safety and soundness of the insurance sector – inspiring reactions by supervisors and regulators. In its role as risk manager, risk carrier and investor, the global insurance sector plays a cornerstone role in the management of sustainability-related risks and opportunities. The risk transfer […]

The sustainable insurance agenda for regulators and supervisors is emerging

Last June, the Bank of England, the central bank of the UK, released an article on its response to climate change, as part of its second quarter 2017 bulletin. Climate change, and society’s responses to it, present financial risks which impact upon the Bank of England’s objectives. The Bank’s response has two core elements. First, […]

Green Finance Is Flourishing According To Recent UNEP Inquiry Green Finance Progress Report

July 2014 The UN Environment Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System (the Inquiry) released their Green Finance Progress Report highlighting some of the progress made on green finance internationally over the last twelve months. While not exhaustive, the Inquiry’s report “indicates that momentum is growing in mainstreaming green finance into the architecture and […]

Blog: Investing in Energy Efficiency gets a boost at G20 Hamburg summit

Energy efficiency has been sitting at the core of sustainability discussions within the G20 for several years, and has emerged as a key consensus area across the G20 countries. UNEP FI’s Martin Schoenberg provides his take on what the recent G20 summit means for energy efficiency investment going forward, and the role of the G20 Energy […]

UNEP FI welcomes ASOBANCA the Newest Supporting Institution in Ecuador

June 28th, 2017
UNEP FI wishes to extend a warm welcome to ASOBANCA, the Association of Private Ecuadorian Banks (Asociación de Bancos Privados del Ecuador) as the newest supporting institution in the Latin America and Caribbean region. As a member of FELABAN (Latin American Federation of Banks), ASOBANCA has been working to strengthen the Ecuadorian Banking System, represent its interests, provide specialized services and strategic reports, and contribute to the country’s development.

EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit provides common framework to boost energy efficiency investment

The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) Underwriting Toolkit launched on June 22nd 2017, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. EEFIG is a partnership between UNEP FI and the European Commission. The report provides a common framework for financial institutions, project developers and hosts of energy efficiency projects such as companies and consumers to […]

Aviva endorses Positive Impact Manifesto and Principles for Positive Impact Finance

UNEP FI is pleased to welcome the first insurance company and 22nd financial institution to join the Positive Impact Initiative. Aviva is the UK’s largest insurer with a long-standing tradition of engagement, including with global policy-makers, in relation to the challenge of financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The SDGs have to become a defining element […]

G7 Backs the Sustainable Finance Movement

On Monday 12 June 2017, at the conclusion of a two-day G7 Ministerial Meeting on Environment in Bologna, Italy, the G7 released a communiqué acknowledging “that scaling up sustainable finance is fundamental to achieve sustainability and climate goals”. The G7 also recognized the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) encouraging public-private partnership. The sustainable finance […]

Launch of Japan’s ESG Working Group Report and Green Bond Guidelines

On the back of increasing momentum towards green finance and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment in Japan, the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan established dedicated working groups and has been facilitating discussion amongst experts over the last two years. Two reports were released earlier this year, and now the reports are available […]

UNEP FI responds to the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

“There is incredible momentum on climate action from individual states, cities, the private sector and citizens. A single political decision will not derail this unparalleled effort” said UN Environment Head, Erik Solheim in response to the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. You can read his full statement later in this article […]

Eric Usher on 25 Years Catalysing Change

“UNEP FI was able to show that financial institutions welcomed, indeed demanded action.” Head of UNEP FI Eric Usher As we celebrate UNEP FI’s 25th Anniversary, it is a time to both look back at what we have done, and then look forward to the challenges that remain. As many will know, the first climate discussions […]