UNEP FI’s in-country work initially focused on raising awareness and building capacity in the banking sectors of the home countries of UNEP FI’s banking members. In recent years this work has evolved to seek deeper and longer term engagement of key stakeholders such as banking associations, but also, as appropriate, policy-makers and regulators.
In this way UNEP FI has helped catalyse the formation of a number of country frameworks for sustainable banking, and continues to support them as they develop. A few examples include the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (2012), Colombian Green Protocol (2012), and the Kenya Sustainable Finance Initiative (2014).
Since 2016 banking associations are welcome to join UNEP FI as Supporting Institutions.