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UNEP FI project takes further step on making sustainability full part of investors duties in Japan on 21st April

30 April, 2015

UNEP FI and PRI’s landmark project on Fiduciary Duty – an investigation into why environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are not routinely incorporated into investor portfolios – took a significant step forward at the Responsible Investor Asia 2015 conference in Tokyo, Japan. The panel discussion, which included key players from across the industry, involved a forensic analysis of the Japanese investment market and the barriers to ESG integration.

In all, the project will examine the barriers to ESG integration in eight countries – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Africa, UK, and USA – and will propose practical actions for institutional investors and policy-makers to address these barriers.

View the event notes.


UNEP FI Initiative represented at New York Stock Exchange bell-ringing event

23 April, 2015

The Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC), an initiative created in part by UNEP FI, was today represented at a meeting at the New York Stock Exchange on the need for low-carbon investments. The meeting, to mark Earth Day, and chaired by the UN Pension fund, was a platform to help mainstream the issue of decarbonization and to encourage other pension funds to decarbonize their portfolios.
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Establishing China’s Green Financial System – Report of the Green Finance Task Force

22 April, 2015

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, has launched a ground-breaking report that sets out in specific and practical terms an ambitious agenda of how China can green its rapidly developing financial and capital markets.

The report, entitled “Establishing China’s Green Financial System”, is the outcome of a Green Finance Task Force which was tasked to develop policy, regulatory and market-innovations that would better align China’s financial system with the needs of green industry and sustainable development. The Task Force was co-convened by the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China (PBC) and the United Nations Environment Programme project Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System (`UNEP Inquiry`).
Read the report.


Vacancy for Head of Unit for UNEP FI - applications open

18 April, 2015

UNEP FI is looking for a dynamic Head to lead its work in engaging financial institutions to embed sustainable development practices across their operations. Created in 1992 as a platform linking the United Nations with the financial sector globally, it currently has over 200 members representing Banks, Insurers, and Investors from around the world.
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Fiduciary Duty and ESG Integration: Some Reflections from the UK

20 March, 2015

On 19 March 2015, PRI and UNEP FI convened an investor roundtable to examine how prevailing definitions and interpretations of fiduciary duty affect UK investors’ approach to the integration of ESG issues into their investment processes.
The argument that investors should take account of ESG issues in their investment processes is now relatively uncontroversial. To deliver this change requires that attention is paid to training, behaviours, expectations, professional ethics and transparency across the entire investment industry.
View the event notes.
Reference: Responsible Investor Article (login required).


Top Insurers Call for Urgent Action to Reduce Risk from Natural Disasters, Highlight US $190 Billion Annual Losses and Threat to Lives and Livelihoods

18 March, 2015

Sendai, Japan, 14 March 2015 – Top insurers from around the world have called on governments, Saturday, to step up global efforts to build resilience against natural disasters, highlighting that average economic losses from disasters in the last decade amounted to around US $190 billion annually, while average insured losses were at about US $60 billion.
The 'United for Disaster Resilience Statement' was released at the opening of the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction by top insurance companies, members of the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI)—the largest collaborative initiative between the UN and the insurance industry. PSI is backed by insurers representing about 15 per cent of the world’s premium volume and US $9 trillion in assets under their management.
The Statement urges governments to adopt the UN Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, emphasizing that the insurance industry is well placed to understand the economic and social impact of disasters given that its core business is to understand, manage and carry risk.
Read the full press release.
Read extensive media coverage of the launch of UNEP FI's PSI initiatives at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.


International Seminar with UNEP FI and GCF - Sustainable Finance: How will finance change industry and society?

13 March, 2015

From left to right: Young-ho Kim (director of Korea Sustainability Investing Forum), Eunjoo Lee (Korean National Assembly member), Mok-hee Lee (Assembly member), Il-Pyo Hong (Assembly member), Ligia Noronha (Director of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics), and Hyo Jin Ahn (Deputy President of Shinhan Bank).

Korea’s National Assembly’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy Research Forum held an international seminar entitled, “How will Finance Change Industry and Society”, on March 13, 2015. The Korea Sustainability Investing Forum (KoSIF) and the United Nations Global Compact Korea Network (UNGCKN) organized the seminar, which discussed sustainable finance, the emerging trend in finance sector. Around 160 people participated in the seminar online. Read more.

Read the interviews (in Korean) with Ligia Noronha, the director of UNEP’s division of Technology, Industry and Economics and Yuki Yasui, UNEP FI’s deputy head on a recent visit to Korea. The interviews describe the practices of global sustainable finance as well as environmental, social and governance issues, especially in relation to the financial system and government-driven funds in Korea.


US$6 trillion Asset Owners meet to address climate change, Columbia University, New York, 9th March

13 March, 2015

Asset owners representing USD $5.8 trillion of assets-under-management attended a high-level workshop co-organized by UNEP FI on “Mobilizing Financial Markets to Catalyze Economic Decarbonization”. The high level meeting represented an excellent opportunity for both governments and investors to discuss how the finance sector can take the lead on economic decarbonization, and the most promising approaches for investor action. It was attended by the French government’s special envoy on climate change and UN Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change Janos Pasztor.

The workshop is a follow up to efforts to mobilize the financial sector behind decarbonization that began at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014. By demonstrating the tremendous momentum coming from the private sector, UNEP FI hopes to support a meaningful agreement at the Conference of the Parties in December 2015. Between now and COP 21, UNEP FI’s Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) will assemble a coalition of investors who in aggregate will commit to decarbonizing at least USD 100bn in institutional investment across asset classes. Thus far, the PDC membership has grown to approximately USD$35billion in AUM, but much more growth is needed.


Launch of Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy - Final Report covering Buildings, Industry and SMEs

27 February, 2015

The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (“EEFIG”) was established as a specialist expert working group by the European Commission and UNEP FI, in late 2013, as a result of the dialogue between Directorate-General for Energy and UNEP FI, as both institutions were engaging with financial institutions to determine how to overcome the well documented challenges inherent to obtaining long-term financing for energy efficiency.
Founders believe that the creation of EEFIG represents the first time such a dialogue and work platform has been established between the Commission and the financial sector on the topic of energy efficiency finance.
To read the report click here.


UNEP FI, in partnership with the PRI, the UN Global Compact and the UNEP Inquiry launches a project to scale up ESG integration as part on investors’ fiduciary duties

18 February, 2015

Fiduciary duties exist to ensure that those who manage other people’s money act in the interests of beneficiaries. Ten years after the original Freshfields and Fiduciary II reports produced by UNEP FI, and despite significant progress, many large investors have yet to make commitments to responsible investment and to consider ESG issues as part of their fiduciary duties. Even among PRI signatories, most investors have yet to fully integrate ESG issues into their investment processes. The report will propose practical actions for institutional investors and policy-makers to address identified and remaining barriers. More information...


UNEP FI supports EC efforts for stronger long-term shareholder engagement and corporate governance practices

23 January, 2015

UNEP addresses a letter of support to the European Commission’s proposed revision of the Shareholder Rights Initiative, to encourage long-term shareholders engagement and better corporate governance practices. The topic is particularly relevant for UNEP FI in the context of past work on corporate governance, and the promotion of long-term and sustainable investment. It also comes as a follow-up to UNEP FI contribution to the European Commission’s consultations on the Green Paper on the Long-Term Financing of the European Economy.
Read the letter of support.


At COP 20 in Lima UNEP FI starts demystifying private finance vis-a-vis the international climate process

5 December, 2014

There is now – probably more than ever before – a shared understanding in the international climate process that tackling climate change will not be possible without a major mobilization, or a ‘re-channelling’, of private finance. The central question therefore becomes how scarce public financial means can best be used to unlock mitigation and adaptation investment. Finding answers to this question is what UNEP Finance Initiative’s ‘Demystifying’ series aims to contribute to. It does so by helping to increase policy-makers’ understanding of private finance, and by introducing a generic logic and approach – a sequence of questions – that climate negotiators can follow when debating, and ultimately designing, the public interventions required for the unlocking of private climate finance.
Read Demystifying private climate finance, Executive Summary.


UNEP FI Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector - an online signposting tool for finance practitioners on human rights risks

1 December, 2014

Originally launched in 2007 at UNEP FI Global Roundtable in Melbourne, the Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector is a unique tool that allows financial institutions to assess the human rights risks in their business operations, with a focus on lending, and supply chain.
Taking account of the rapidly evolving global business and human rights agenda, a fully revised version of the tool is now made available to finance practitioners. To access the tool click here.


Join Growing United Nations Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition

10 November, 2014

In September at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, a group of investors made a commitment to not only advance investor transparency on climate change, but to also start tackling greenhouse gas emissions and risks associated with their mainstream portfolios by launching the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC).

The PDC aims to catalyze investor action on climate change. It will highlight and enable investors to understand current best practices on the positioning of portfolios for a low-carbon economy. You can join the PDC now, by following the guidelines provided here.



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