Natural Capital Protocol – Finance Sector Supplement

Launched in April, in Hong Kong, ‘Connecting Finance and Natural Capital: A Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol’ is a tool for financial institutions to assess how their business is impacted by, and depends upon the natural world. The Natural Capital Protocol has created a globally recognized and standardized framework for business. This supplement to […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China

In 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) released Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China. Building on the recent achievements of the national Green Finance initiative in China, the report discusses the development of an […]

Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition: 3rd annual progress report details benefits of low-carbon approach

  The third annual report from the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) examines the progress made by its members in assessing and taking investment action on climate-related risks and opportunities, and by extension, in decarbonizing capital allocation and portfolio design worldwide. It provides an introduction to the coalition, and an overview of the decarbonization approaches and […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Progress Report

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century concluded in 2015 that there are positive duties to to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment processes. This launched a project by UNEP FI, the Principles for Responsible Investment, and The Generation Foundation to end the debate around fiduciary duties and sustainability. Two years into the […]

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 […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Canadian Pension Regulation Analysis: Alberta

In September 2017, the PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation in collaboration with the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) published the Canadian Pension Regulation Analysis which builds on the Canada Roadmap of the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century project. This document provides an international analysis of pension regulation to support the […]

The Emissions Gap Report 2017 and the 1 Gigaton Coalition Report

31 October 2017

  Two major reports were launched in October 2017 by UN Environment and the 1 Gigaton Coalition.   The eighth edition of UN Environment’s Emissions Gap report, released ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, finds that national pledges only bring a third of the reduction in emissions required by 2030 to meet […]

Financing the UN Development System: Pathways to Reposition for Agenda 2030

Financing the UN Development System: Pathways to Reposition for Agenda 2030 September 8th, 2017 This new report, a collaboration between the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, looks at the major trends, opportunities and challenges around financing the UN and the 2030 Agenda more broadly. UNEP FI, through initiatives such as […]

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 […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Germany Roadmap

The PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation have published the Germany Roadmap which builds on the report Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century. Many industry experts involved in this study indicated that ESG integration in Germany is on average less advanced than in neighbouring France, the Netherlands, the UK and Scandinavia. Despite this, momentum […]

EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit – Value and Risk Appraisal For Energy Efficiency Financing

The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) Underwriting Toolkit provides a common framework for financial institutions, project developers and hosts of energy efficiency projects such as companies and consumers to scale up their deployment of capital into energy efficiency. EEFIG is a partnership between UNEP FI and the European Commission. The multiple stakeholders involved in energy […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – South Africa Roadmap

The PRI, The Generation Foundation and UNEP FI have launched a series of roadmaps as part of the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century initiative. The publications are the culmination of extensive consultation with regulators, investors, policy makers and attorneys across the countries. They make a series of recommendations to enable the market-wide adoption of […]

UNEP FI Annual Overview 2016

UNEP FI’s Annual Overview provides a summary of our work during 2016. Find out more about key initiatives and events across banking, insurance and investment. Download here.

G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit

Each year, governments, financial institutions, companies and consumers around the world are investing more than USD 221 billion into capital expenditure in buildings, industry and transport, to improve energy efficiency. For G20 countries, who are responsible for over 80% of primary energy consumption and 80% of green house gas emissions globally, energy efficiency and improved […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Japan Roadmap

25 April 2017

The PRI, The Generation Foundation and UNEP FI have launched a series of roadmaps as part of the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century initiative. The publications are the culmination of extensive consultation with regulators, investors, policy makers and attorneys across the countries. They make a series of recommendations to enable the market-wide adoption of […]

Drought Stress Testing Tool

The ‘Drought Stress Testing Tool’ enables banks to assess if a client may be at risk from drought and how drought can affect a sector or region. A clearer understanding of the risk associated with droughts can help build more resilient financial institutions, and by shifting finance to less vulnerable sectors and regions, economies can become […]

How Stock Exchanges Can Advance Gender Equality

Gender equality is an issue that impacts everyone, from diversity in boardrooms and at the executive level, to equal opportunities for education. Studies show that empowering women is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do, leading to increases in GDP, higher productivity, return on investments and effective organisations. […]