Global insurers unite to cut financial lifeline to pirate fishing

06 October 2017 Leading insurers from around the world have committed to take action on pirate fishing, an unlawful practice that costs the global economy tens of billions of dollars in losses every year and contributes to overfishing and the destruction of vital marine habitats and ecosystems. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, AXA, Generali, Hanseatic […]

BBVA is 14th Leading Bank to Join UNEP FI TCFD Pilot Project

26 September 2017 We are pleased to announce that UNEP FI member, BBVA Group, is the latest to join UNEP FI’s first-mover project to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) along with thirteen other leading banks. In collaboration with the pilot project group, they will jointly pioneer practical approaches […]

Al Gore: Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century & the Sustainability Revolution

Former Vice President and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, Al Gore, introduces PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation’s Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century Programme, which seeks to update conceptions of fiduciary duty and in doing so create the conditions for a more sustainable global economy. The project finds that, far from being a […]

United Nations and world’s microinsurance community unite to achieve sustainable development that leaves no one behind

31 August, 2017 An unprecedented global partnership has been forged to promote inclusive and sustainable insurance markets around the world and to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. UN Environment Finance Initiative’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative and the Microinsurance Network join forces to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Microinsurance Network, the […]

New 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. As a 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 tools of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Global investors support government action on tobacco control

53 investors, health systems, pension funds and insurers, representing US$3.8 trillion in assets under management, have signed a statement to World Health Organization (WHO) representatives and national health ministers openly supporting stronger regulation around tobacco control. The statement was released today, on World No Tobacco Day – marked every year on 31 May. Its purpose […]