Brazilian monetary authority approves new ESG requirements in the investment rules of occupational pension funds

10 July 2018

On May 25th 2018, the Brazilian National Monetary Council (CMN) published Resolution CMN 4.661/2018, which revised the norm that governs occupational pension funds’ investments. The new norm requires pension funds’ asset managers to consider environment, social and governance (ESG) risks as part of their investment decision making process. This regulatory improvement was one of the […]

Launch of the France Roadmap for Sustainable Finance / Lancement de la Feuille de Route Française de la Finance Durable

4 July 2018

4 July 2018 (French below) The Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century programme – launched in 2016 by United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and the Generation Foundation – will collaborate with Finance for Tomorrow to publish a France roadmap for sustainable finance. This roadmap will set out […]

Ireland is the 10th Country in the World to Publish Recommendations for Responsible Investing

29 June 2018

‘Ireland’s Fiduciary Duty Roadmap’ report provides clear recommendations on policy and market changes required to achieve full ESG integration into core areas of investment practices. These guidelines were published in advance of new EU Directive for pension funds. In June 2018, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and […]

Time to retire unsustainable pensions -By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

27 June 2018

Pensions, by their very nature, have to be sustainable. After all, they’re supposed to provide a measure of long-term certainty in an uncertain world. Much of the world’s working population counts on this basic premise as they seek to build a nest egg for later life. Rather than stash their cash under the mattress, they […]

PSI / ICLEI Insurance Industry Development Goals for Cities

26 June 2018

After a year-long global consultation involving insurance industry leaders, mayors and other local government leaders, and key stakeholders, the Insurance Industry Development Goals for Cities were launched in Montréal on 22 June at the ICLEI World Congress 2018. The goals set the global agenda for the industry and cities in the context of economic, social and environmental sustainability—or sustainable development.

Europe moves to put its sustainable finance strategy into law

4 June 2018

On May 24th the European Commission released its first legislative package under its Action Plan for Sustainable Finance, including proposals on a sustainable taxonomy and investor duties. The Commission aims to make the financial sector a powerful actor in fighting climate change and meeting the sustainable development goals by further aligning the industry with the […]

288 investors with more than $26 trillion in assets call on world governments to scale up climate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement

4 June 2018

  QUEBEC, 4 JUNE 2018 – As leaders gather in Canada for the 2018 G7 Summit, 288 institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management urged governments to step up their ambition and action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, support investment in the low-carbon transition, and improve climate-related financial disclosures. “The […]

Brazil becomes world’s first insurance market to commit to climate risk transparency

24 May 2018

Latin America’s largest insurance market declares support for promoting dialogue on practical and effective ways to meet the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures   Brazil has made an unprecedented commitment to climate risk transparency by becoming the first insurance market in the world to declare its commitment to […]

Take part in the first-ever global survey on underwriting environmental, social and governance risks in insurance

30 April 2018

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues—also known as sustainability issues—pose a shared risk to insurers, communities, businesses, cities, governments and society at large, providing a strong incentive for innovation and collaboration. Examples of ESG issues include natural disasters, pollution, carbon emissions, degradation of natural resources, illegal fishing and logging, child and forced labour, negative impacts […]

Blog: UNEP FI’s Margarita Pirovska discusses Investor duties and ESG integration in China

30 April 2018

  Aligning investor duties with long-term sustainability goals is a prerequisite for balanced, inclusive and green economic development. This conclusion of the report on Investor Duties and ESG integration in China, co-authored by the PRI, UNEP FI, The Generation Foundation and the International Institute of Green Finance of Beijing, also marks the beginning of a new […]

UNEP FI グローバルの16 署名銀行がTCFDに関する銀行業界向けのガイドを公表

27 April 2018

ジュネーブ(2018年4月24日)| 国連環境金融イニシアティブ(UNEP FI)の署名機関である16の大手銀行は、気候変動と気候に関する行動がビジネスにどのような影響を与えるかについて銀行の理解を深めるために、共同で開発した手法を発表しました。

この取り組みは、銀行がTCFDに沿って気候関連のリスクと機会へのエクスポージャーをより透明なものにするための基本的なものです。また、銀行が低炭素経済への移行に貢献し、かつ、その恩恵を享受するために自らの戦略に生かし、さらには、同じ目的のために顧客への働きかけを行い、支援することにもつながります。そもそも、銀行が直面する気候関連のリスクと機会とは、顧客に対するサービスから生じるものであるため、そうした顧客への働きかけや支援ということが非常に重要になります。

16 UNEP FI member banks launch first guidance to help banking industry adopt TCFD Recommendations

26 April 2018

  Geneva, 24 April, 2018 | Sixteen leading banks from four continents, convened by the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), today published a jointly developed methodology to increase banks’ understanding of how climate change and climate action could impact their business. This understanding is fundamental to enable banks to be more transparent about their exposure […]

South Africa to host inaugural event to strengthen African insurance industry’s contribution to sustainable development

10 April 2018

Geneva/Cape Town/Johannesburg, 9 April 2018—The United Nations and Santam, South Africa’s largest general insurer, will co-host this month the first African conference of UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), which will focus on strengthening the industry’s ability to contribute to sustainable development across the continent. The conference, which will be held from 16 […]

Green Finance Study to take place in Ghana

5 April 2018

In line with one of the proposed Ghana Banking principles of promoting customers to integrate Environmental Social Governance (ESG) in their business, UNEP FI through colleagues at the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is undertaking a study to assess the level of integration of sustainability in the business sector’s operations, value chains and […]

Towards Better Integration of ESG Consistent with Investor Obligations and Duties in China

27 March 2018

  Beijing, 28 March 2018 The United Nations Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), The Generation Foundation, and the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) today published the report – Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China, available in English and Chinese 中文. Building on the recent achievements of the […]

Leading investors partner with UN to boost climate transparency by piloting Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures recommendations

15 March 2018

            UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), together with nine investors representing close to US$ 3 trillion have formed a leadership group to promote action on climate transparency by the investor community. They will work with UNEP FI towards a first set of climate-related investor disclosures in alignment with the […]