In a remarkable development at the end of March, French President, Emmanuel Macron, and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, launched the European Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. If fully enacted, it shows how quickly public and private actors can work together to change key aspects of our economic system. The Plan proposes a package of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
On 13 November 2017, the European Commission launched a public consultation on Institutional investors and asset managers’ duties regarding sustainability. Running until 22 January 2018, the consultation seeks evidence on: How clarifications or amendments to investor duties can contribute to more efficient allocation of capital and to more sustainable and inclusive growth; How to ensure […]
In collaboration with partner organisations, UNEP FI will co-covene the symposium on “Positive Impact in Real Estate Sector” as part of its Asia Pacific Regional Round Table, to be held in Dec in Tokyo.
05 October, 2017 During UNEP FI’s Europe Roundtable on October 17th, Nick Robins, Co-Director of the UN Environment Inquiry, along with Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova and chair of Paris’ Finance for Tomorrow Initiative, will discuss the “Casablanca statement on financial centres and sustainability”, a result of the first ever international meeting of financial centres […]
September 2017 The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are partnering with the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) of the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing on a joint research project on the theme of Investor Obligations and Duties and ESG Integration. Building […]
UNEP FI is pleased to welcome the 23rd financial institution to join the Positive Impact Initiative. Tawreeq Holdings Limited, with subsidiaries in the UAE and Luxembourg, specializes in comprehensive Supply Chain Finance (SCF) solutions for Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) and their corporate clients across the MENA region. These solutions are made available through […]
5 September, 2017 We are pleased to announce that UNEP FI member, Rabobank, is the latest to join twelve other first-mover banks working together to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The leading Dutch Bank has already halted financing of unconventional energy extraction such as shale gas, and no […]
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.
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 […]
In August 2016, UNEP FI member Ant Financial, one of the world’s largest digital finance companies, launched its pilot application ‘Ant Forest’ to engage individual citizens in greening their behaviour. As of May 2017, almost 50% of Ant Financial’s 450 million users had signed up to the unprecedented app which gamifies carbon footprint tracking. “Two […]
The 8th Clean Energy Ministerial in China saw the Asian launch of the G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit to a packed audience of policy-makers, cleantech entrepreneurs, investors and financiers. The Clean Energy Ministerials are senior-level meetings dedicated to accelerating the global clean energy transition. The Asian launch was was organised by the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task […]
UNEP FI is very pleased to welcome the 21st financial institution to join the Positive Impact Finance Initiative. NAB is one of the four largest financial institutions in Australia and has been actively supporting the growth of the Australian impact investment market, and in particular supporting the transition to a low carbon economy. NAB supports […]
During the last week of April, UN Environment in collaboration with Climate Focus and Forest Trends held a workshop in Bogota, Colombia on business and financing models for more sustainable commodity production.