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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

15 February 2018

  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 […]

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

6 February 2018

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 […]

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

18 December 2017

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 […]

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

12 December 2017

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 […]

UNEP FI Honoured with IPE Outstanding Industry Contribution Award

11 December 2017

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 […]

How Stock Exchanges can Grow Green Finance

17 November 2017

Meeting alongside the United Nations climate change summit (COP23), capital market leaders from around the world gathered to share ideas for promoting green finance in alignment with the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. Convened by the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative and hosted by the Luxembourg Green Exchange alongside the UN climate […]

3rd Latin American Conference on Responsible Investments

21 November 2017 | Santiago, Chile

The 3rd Latin American Conference on Responsible Investments (IRlatam2017) will take place on November 21st from 8:30 am to 13:00 at Centro Parque, Santiago de Chile. On behalf of UNEP FI, Carolina López will present on “Positive impact financing: A new business and financing paradigm for sustainable development”.

European Commission Consultation on Investors’ Duties and Sustainability

14 November 2017

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 […]

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

25 September 2017

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 […]

Joint Research Project on the Theme of Investor Obligations and Duties and ESG Integration in China

19 September 2017

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 […]