“Previous sector-focused policy-making or a goal-by-goal approach will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or its SDGs. Stronger integrated planning, strategic thinking and policy integration will be crucial for Governments to define the best SDG implementation mix at the local level.”

Repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda – Ensuring a Better Future for All: Report of the Secretary-General, July 2017

The Positive Impact Initiative invites banks, investors, corporations and governments to co-create commercially viable, impact-based solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By adopting an impact-based approach, business and finance can help build new markets. In doing so they create added value to clients and investee companies at a time of major technological and economic disruptions, rapid social change and mounting environmental pressures. This can bring about a step-change to their contribution to the SDGs and to bridging the SDG financing gap.

According to the United Nations, $5-7 trillion are needed each year through 2030 to meet the SDGs worldwide, including to address needs in infrastructure, access to energy, water, or healthcare. In low and middle-income countries particularly, the greater part of the necessary financing will need to come from private finance.

Check out our Positive Impact Investment Real Estate_Discussion Paper on positive impact investment framework. A discussion webinar will take place on 6 July. Feedback is welcome by 13 July. Email Matthew Ulterino

Stay tuned for a ground-breaking research paper to be released in 2018, that exposes the scope and nature of the financing gap and illustrates the need for a new impact-based approach to business and finance.

Through the Positive Impact Initiative, financial institutions are experimenting with impact-based approaches. We invite financial institutions to get involved and tell us about products and methodologies they are working on. We are reviewing current practice and collaborating to create guidance for others to use and learn from.

We are also exploring how public authorities can stimulate the emergence of new business solutions, via early engagement of the private sector -and private finance in particular- and the preparation of impact-based tenders, as basis for future work.

  • Join the emerging group of actors engaged in the most significant evolution of finance. Download our flyer then read about the benefits and commitments of participation.
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  • Discover our Roadmap to Positive Impact: learn about the Positive Impact Manifesto and Principles that underpin our work:
    • The Manifesto calls for a new financing paradigm, because bridging the funding gap for sustainable development and achieving the SDGs requires a new, impact-based approach, based on a holistic consideration of sustainability issues.
    • Financial institutions can adopt the Principles for Positive Impact Finance, an impact-based tool to help the finance community unlock the SDG opportunity and help overcome the funding gap for sustainable development.

 

 

March 2018

  • Europe moves to put its sustainable finance strategy into law

    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 […]

  • Blog: Creating an impactful taxonomy

    Sustainable finance is experiencing continued rapid growth. The European Commission’s recent proposal of a taxonomy as a common language for all actors in the financial system – one of several conclusions of its High-Level Expert Group – is an opportunity to establish useful guidance. In his blog, UNEP FI’s Head, Eric Usher welcomes the EC’s […]

  • Positive Impact Finance Initiative featured in UNA-UK publication, SDGs: Delivering Change

    UNEP FI Head, Eric Usher writes about how the Positive Impact Finance Initiative is working with financial institutions to close the Sustainable Development Goals’ funding gap by generating much-needed private sector finance in the UN Association UK (UNA-UK) publication “SDGs: Delivering Change”. Read the article.

  • Stay in touch with the Positive Impact Finance Initiative: Read our new newsletter

    These are exciting times for Positive Impact Finance. $5-7 trillion a year until 2030 are needed to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide. The greater part of the necessary financing and investment will need to stem from private finance. With the Positive Impact Initiative, we’re laying the groundwork for the emergence of an impact-based approach to […]

  • Positive Impact Initiative in the news: Review 2017

    As 2017 is coming to a close, we are providing an overview of the many interesting articles and publications which have been published by the press on the Launch of the Positive Impact Principles and its further developments.

  • UNEP FI, UN Global Compact and PRI form UN Alliance for SDG Finance

    UNEP FI, UN Global Compact and PRI are pleased to anounce the formation of the UN Alliance to maximize their impact on SDG Finance.

  • Webinar: Finance mechanisms to achieve the SDGs

    Watch the recording of a webinar held on 6 December which addressed the issues of assessing needs, set processes developing innovative financial mechanisms and adapting existing instruments for funding the SDGs. It gathered several influential representatives from the finance community and the corporate sector to discuss the challenges of the financing the SDGs. The webinar was organised by Climate Action and Sustainable Investment Forum Europe and featured UNEP FI’s Careen Abb from the Positive Impact Initiative.

  • Presentation and Launch of the Positive Impact Initiative

    UNEP FI is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation and regional launch of its Positive Impact Initiative in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 29th November 2017, which will be hosted by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the oldest and largest stock exchange in Africa.

  • Presentation and launch of the Positive Impact Initiative

    UNEP FI is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation and launch of its Positive Impact Initiative in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 23rd November 2017, which will be hosted by Dutch Central Bank De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), in partnership with the Dutch members of the Positive Impact Initiative: ABN AMRO, ING Bank and Triodos Bank.

  • Presentation of the Positive Impact Initiative in Chile, 21 November 2017

    On the 3rd edition of the Latin American Conference on Responsable Investment in Santiago de Chile on November 21st 2017, the Positive Impact Initiative was invited to present its innovative impact-based financing paradigm. 

  • Societe Generale’s Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance Conference

    Societe Generale organised the Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance Conference in Paris on November 9th 2017, which gathered nearly 200 Corporates & Financial Institutions to discuss the stakes of inaction on climate change and the essential role of the private sector in this shift to sustainable development.

  • Tawreeq Holdings endorses the Positive Impact Manifesto and the Principles for Positive Impact Finance

      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 […]

  • New Report on the UN and Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Features the Positive Impact Initiative

    8 September 2017        New Report “Financing the UN Development System: Pathways to Reposition for Agenda 2030” Features the Positive Impact Initiative Did you know that the UN was the single largest channel of multilateral aid in 2015? Want an overview of the revenue, income, and expenditure of the UN Development System? Interested […]

  • Finance for Tomorrow and UNEP FI announce collaboration on promoting sustainable finance and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    28 July 2017 The goal of UNEP FI’s Positive Impact Initiative is to drive the financing of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by working with stakeholders in the finance industry and beyond. Finance for Tomorrow is working towards the promotion of sustainable finance in France and abroad, already working with many of our members from […]

  • Positive Impact Initiative African Launch

    UNEP FI and Casablanca Finance City are pleased to anounce the regional launch of the Positive Impact initiative and the Principles for Positive Impact Finance, held in Casablanca on July 6th 2017.

  • 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 […]

  • Australia’s NAB latest financial institution to sign up to the Principles for Positive Impact Finance

    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 […]

  • 19 leading global banks and investors totaling $6.6 trillion in assets launch Principles for Positive Impact Finance

    Paris, 30 January 2017

    Today, 19 leading global banks and investors totaling $6.6 trillion in assets, launched the Principles for Positive Impact Finance at an event in Paris. The programme of the event is available here.

    Read the press release in English and in French.

  • Webinar: Positive Impact – Real Estate Investment Framework

    The UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and collaborators (RICS, PRI, Global Investor Coalition) is developing an impact-based investment framework for real estate to address the SDG financing gap. UNEP FI’s Property Working Group has issued a discussion paper which introduces a positive impact investment framework and requests feedback on the opportunities and challenges in investing […]

  • Webinar: Finance mechanisms to achieve the SDGs

    Watch the recording of a webinar held on 6 December which addressed the issues of assessing needs, set processes developing innovative financial mechanisms and adapting existing instruments for funding the SDGs. It gathered several influential representatives from the finance community and the corporate sector to discuss the challenges of the financing the SDGs. The webinar was organised by Climate Action and Sustainable Investment Forum Europe and featured UNEP FI’s Careen Abb from the Positive Impact Initiative.

  • Presentation and Launch of the Positive Impact Initiative

    UNEP FI is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation and regional launch of its Positive Impact Initiative in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 29th November 2017, which will be hosted by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the oldest and largest stock exchange in Africa.

  • Presentation and launch of the Positive Impact Initiative

    UNEP FI is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation and launch of its Positive Impact Initiative in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 23rd November 2017, which will be hosted by Dutch Central Bank De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), in partnership with the Dutch members of the Positive Impact Initiative: ABN AMRO, ING Bank and Triodos Bank.

  • Societe Generale’s Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance Conference

    Societe Generale organised the Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance Conference in Paris on November 9th 2017, which gathered nearly 200 Corporates & Financial Institutions to discuss the stakes of inaction on climate change and the essential role of the private sector in this shift to sustainable development.

  • Webinar: How can financial services innovate to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

    From gender parity to inequality and climate action, the SDGs present an opportunity to transform the impact that the financial services industry has on society.  In order to achieve the goals by 2030, an additional $2.5tr is needed annually. Join EY and practitioners from BNP Paribas, Aviva, CDC Impact investors and UNEP FI to explore how financial services can play a key role in plugging the gap.

  • Positive Impact Initiative African Launch

    UNEP FI and Casablanca Finance City are pleased to anounce the regional launch of the Positive Impact initiative and the Principles for Positive Impact Finance, held in Casablanca on July 6th 2017.

  • Brazilian Launch of the Principles for Positive Impact Finance

    The Brazilian launch of the Principles for Positive Impact Finance will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 6th, 2017.

  • Webinar: The Next Steps for the Principles for Positive Impact Finance

    Positive Impact Initiative The Positive Impact Initiative is driven by a group of UNEP FI members seeking to establish a new financing paradigm based on a holistic appraisal of impacts to the three pillars of sustainable development. This is seen as the key to the twin challenges of future-proofing business and achieving the Sustainable Development […]

  • Launch of the Principles for Positive Impact Finance

    The Principles for Positive Impact Finance were launched 19 leading banks and investors totaling $6.6 trillion in assets in Paris on January 30th 2017. The programme of the event is available here.

    Read the press release in English and in French.

  • 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 […]

  • Principles for Positive Impact Finance

    The Principles for Positive Impact Finance provide guidance for financiers and investors to analyse, monitor and disclose the social, environmental and economic impacts of the financial products and services they deliver. They provide a global framework applicable across different business lines, including retail and wholesale lending, corporate and investment lending, and asset management. The Principles require […]

  • Positive Impact Manifesto

    The Positive Impact Manifesto invites banks and other financial sector players to think more holistically about their role in the economy, society and the broader environment, and proposes a ‘Roadmap’ to establishing a new, impact-based and market-driven paradigm: positive impact finance. Positive Impact finance is defined in the Manifesto as “that which verifiably produces a […]