ADEBA becomes newest Supporting Institution in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

UN Environment’s Latin America and Caribbean Office wishes to extend a warm welcome to the Association of Argentine Banks (Asociación de Bancos Argentinos) (ADEBA) – who become the latest Supporting Institution to the UN Environment Finance Initiative, and the second Latin American banking association to join. ADEBA’s mission is to promote the development of banking […]

IGES joins UNEP FI as Supporting Institution

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, IGES, becomes ‘Supporting Institution’ of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative to Strengthen Future Collaboration on Sustainable Finance We are very pleased to welcome IGES as a UNEP FI supporting institution, as it has been playing an important role in innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures. IGES […]

Ring the Bell for Gender Equality to Celebrate Women’s Day: Sustainable Stock Exchanges co-organises global collaboration, launches report on advancing equal opportunities

8 March, 2017 Less than 5% of CEOs at large, listed companies are women, and investors have an important role to play in engaging not only with companies, but also stock exchanges and policymakers on gender equality. At stock exchanges around the world today, on International Women’s Day, opening and closing bells will ring out […]

UNEP FI and Ecobanking Project Deliver ESRA Training to Financial Institutions in Zambia

UNEP FI and Ecobanking Project partnered with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises (AGF) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) to deliver a series of Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) training sessions designed for financial institutions in Zambia. The training sessions – which focus on environmental and […]

UNEP FI shapes its strategy on social issues

Building on ten years of efforts to advance the finance and human rights agenda with its members, UNEP FI is now strengthening its social issues approach to mainstream human rights across UNEP FI industry and thematic activities, enhance guidance for finance practitioners on human rights risks and enhance synergies with peer initiatives to maximize impact. […]

ABBANK becomes first UNEP FI member in Vietnam

  An Binh Commercial Joint Stock Bank (ABBANK), the fastest growing retail bank in Vietnam, has become the first UNEP FI member in the country. ABBANK prides itself as one of the first banks to adopt the Bank of Vietnam’s directive to promote green credit growth and manage environmental and social risks in financial operations, […]

Mapping corporate governance and ESG concerns in Brazil: Launch of latest Fiduciary Duty Roadmap

February 23, 2017 Recent environmental and corporate governance failures in Brazil and their economic impact have focused the attention of investors, regulators and policymakers more closely on corporate governance issues and the need for greater transparency in financial markets. In response to these concerns, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), UNEP FI and The Generation […]

Argentina in the G20 troika: The Boost to Sustainable Financing

On February 15, 2017 the Argentine Ministry of Treasury met with the UN Environment Mission in Buenos Aires to discuss sustainability, finance, and the launching of a strategic roadmap ahead of the country’s G20 troika with China and Germany. The UN Environment report, “The Financial System We Need: From Momentum to Transformation”, was launched last […]

ABM is first Latin American Banking Association to become a UNEP FI supporting institution

UN Environment’s Latin America and Caribbean Division is proud to announce that the Association of Mexican Banks (ABM) has joined the UN Environment Finance Initiative as a Supporting Institution – the first Latin American banking association to do so. Recently, ABM has played an exemplary role in leading and encouraging its members to engage on sustainability issues, as well as placing sustainable finance on the stakeholder agenda. The Association will act as a leader of sustainability practices in the banking sector in Mexico and will be an example to the region as a whole. It comprises some 50 institutions with whom it works towards developing and strengthening the Mexican banking sector. It also represents the interests of institutions that are looking to advance technically specialized services, information, and leadership exchanges.

Users feedback wanted on UNEP FI Guidance Tool on Human Rights

The online Guidance Tool on Human Rights for the Finance Sector is UNEP FI’s trusted tool to assist lenders in enhancing their understanding of human rights risks. In an effort to improve the user-friendliness of the tool, UNEP FI is inviting members and concerned parties to contact the Secretariat with feedback on user experience.  

2016 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: Key Messages from UNEP FI

UNEP FI shares its report with takeaways from the 2016 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, which took place in Geneva on 14-16th November. The Forum tackled the role of finance with regard to human rights as one of its focus topics, under the global theme ‘Leadership and Leverage: Embedding human rights in the rules […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century: Launch of Canada Roadmap

                January 2017 The PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation have launched the Canada roadmap for Fiduciary Duty. The roadmap is the culmination of extensive consultation with regulators, investors, policy makers and attorneys across Canada. It makes a series of recommendations to enable the market-wide adoption of ESG integration. The recommendations address the following […]

Jordan Ahli Bank becomes first bank in Jordan to join UNEP FI

The Jordan Ahli Bank joined UNEP FI in January, thus becoming the first bank in Jordan to be a part of the initiative and the second to join from the country. Recognising its environmental and social responsibility, Ahli Bank has incorporated management policies that resonate with environmental standards and has been a pioneer in making […]

Tawreeq Holdings first financial institution from UAE to join UNEP FI

  In early January, Tawreeq Holdings, a UAE and Luxembourg based group, endorsed and became a signatory of the UNEP Statement of Commitment by Financial Institutions on Sustainable Development. Specializing in comprehensive Supply Chain Finance (SCF) solutions targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their corporate clients across the MENA region, Tawreeq Holdings as the first UAE […]

New York State Pension Fund joins Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition

January 24, 2017 In the latest demonstration of institutional asset owners’ commitment to climate action, New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest public pension fund in the US with $184.5 billion in assets, has joined the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition. The Common Retirement Fund is the first major US pension fund to join the Coalition’s 28 […]

Dongbu Insurance joins Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

  Dongbu Insurance has signed on to the Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative, becoming the second Korean insurer to become  a UNEP FI member. Dongbu Insurance is one of Korea’s leading general insurance providers with overseas operations in the US, London, China, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Vietnam. “Dongbu Insurance aims to carry out various activities, including […]

CDL becomes first UNEP FI member in Singapore

  UNEP FI is very pleased to welcome its first Singapore-based member, City Developments Limited (CDL), one of Singapore’s largest companies by market capitalization. CDL is an international real estate and hotel conglomerate, with a track record of over 50 years in real estate development, investment and management. As one of Singapore’s largest commercial landlords, CDL […]