Finance sector commits to working together to develop Sustainable Finance Roadmaps for Australia & New Zealand

24 July 2018

Finance sector commits to working together to develop Sustainable Finance Roadmaps for Australia & New Zealand Finance sector organisations – including banking, insurance and investment industries, representing over 300 institutions with $10 trillion in assets – have today released a joint statement in support of a sustainable financial system for Australia and New Zealand.

UNEP FI Appointed Observer to European Commission Technical Expert Group

23 July 2018

As part of implementing its first legislative package on sustainable finance, the European Commission has recently announced a Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance and has appointed UNEP FI as an observer to the Group. The main tasks of the TEG will be to assist the Commission in the development of: an EU taxonomy […]

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 […]

Arab African International Bank (AAIB) in Egypt joins UNEP FI

20 June 2018

The AAIB joined UNEP FI in April this year becoming the second member from Egypt to join our global sustainable finance network. For many years, the bank has been active in embedding sustainability practices in their business and in the industry. Hassan Abdalla, CEO of AAIB said in a statement that “The UNEP FI is bound […]

Blog: A path to sustainable cocoa and forest restoration in Côte d’Ivoire

18 June 2018

    Part of UNEP FI’s work in ecosystems management includes creating investable models for investors, as well as providing knowledge, and imparting insight for private finance to contribute to sustainable land use projects. Côte d’Ivoire has the fastest rate of deforestation in the world, much of which is caused by the cultivation of cocoa, a commodity that is a big contributor to the economy. Thomas Yapo, UNEP FI’s Economics and Finance Consultant for Africa writes about […]

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 […]

Entrevista: Tomás Conde de BBVA España habla sobre los beneficios de haber tomado la capacitación de ARAS

30 April 2018

(Español) (English text below)   El internacionalmente reconocido Programa de Capacitación de Análisis de Riesgos Ambientales y Sociales (ARAS) fue desarrollado en 2005 por ONU Ambiente Iniciativa Financiera (UNEP FI, por sus siglas en inglés), INCAE Business School / Proyecto Ecobanking y la Agencia de Cooperación Alemana GIZ. Desde entonces, cursos virtuales y talleres presenciales […]

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 […]

Chilean Chapter of the “Council of Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL)”

17 April 2018 | Santiago de Chile

The first meeting of the Chilean Chapter of the Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL for its acronym in English) took place in Santiago de Chile recently where, through working groups, a “roadmap” was generated for the coming years in terms of gender equity in energy and environment. Carolina López from UNEP FI participated.

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。

Europe Launches Action Plan on Sustainable Finance

5 April 2018

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 […]

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 […]

CIREC Week

10-12 April 2018 | Santiago de Chile

Chile’s Leading Congress in New Energies (CIREC) will be hosting its 6th edition of CIREC Week in Santiago from 10 to 12 April 2018. Over the past seven years the event has grown and evolved along with Chile’s renewable energy sector.

Two Salvadorian Banks Join UNEP FI

14 February 2018

Jan 2018 | San Salvador, El Salvador

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 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 […]

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 […]