The UNEP Finance Initiative is a Unit within the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Economics and Trade Branch (ETB), based in Geneva, Switzerland, itself a Branch of one of UNEP’s eight core divisions, the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE).

Being a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector, UNEP FI’s Work Programme is determined by a Steering Committee comprised of both Member institutions and UNEP representatives, while broader strategic decisions are made in the context of the Initiative’s Annual General Meeting.

The UNEP Finance Initiative’s day to day activities are run by a small Geneva-based Secretariat.


UNEP FI is accountable to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Signatories to the UNEP Statement of Commitment, and is governed by its Global Steering Committee (GSC).

The definition and implementation of its work programme is steered by a set of operational level governance structures, which are divided along industry, thematic and geographical lines, namely:

  • Industry Commissions and their Boards (Banking, Insurance, Investment)
  • Regional Task Forces and their Chairs or Co-Chairs (Africa-Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America)
  • Thematic Advisory Groups and their Chairs or Co-Chairs (Climate Change, Ecosystems Management, Social Issues)