Bonn Ambition: A big step closer to making sustainable cities a reality

The first -ever summit “Insuring Resilient and Sustainable Cities Summit” – convened by the UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – and held on 5 May in Bonn, Germany concluded with the “Bonn Ambition”. “The Bonn Ambition”, which is an agreement between the members and stakeholders […]

G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit highlights US$ 221 billion investment opportunities

  According to the International Energy Agency’s analysis, more than USD 221 billion is being invested annually into energy efficiency improvements in buildings, industry and transport in the G20 economies. More than half of this investment is into the buildings sector. UNEP FI has contributed to the G20’s Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit, which provides guidance on […]

BLOG: G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit marks culmination of three years of UNEP FI engagement with the G20

 G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group Rapporteur Peter Sweatman presenting the Toolkit at the G20 Energy Efficiency Forum in Hamburg The G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit marks the culmination of three years of UNEP FI engagement with the G20. Public and private sector financial institutions are increasingly tackling the energy efficiency investment opportunity by sharing […]

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

The PRI, The Generation Foundation and UNEP FI have launched a series of roadmaps as part of the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century initiative. The publications are the culmination of extensive consultation with regulators, investors, policy makers and attorneys across the countries. They make a series of recommendations to enable the market-wide adoption of ESG integration. The Japan roadmap makes recommendations […]

Innovative New Tool Helps Banks Understand Risk of Loan Default Caused By Drought

LONDON, 5th April, 2017 A ground-breaking, open source tool which allows banks to test their loan portfolios for vulnerability to major droughts is being launched today in London. Financial institutions are often ill equipped to understand the impact of environment-related risks on their clients and portfolios. The ‘Drought Stress Testing Tool’ enables banks to assess if […]

Tribe Impact Capital joins UNEP FI

UNEP FI is pleased to welcome Tribe Impact Capital who have become the latest member to join. Tribe Impact Capital is an impact wealth management firm and B Corporation registered* dedicated in its entirety to advising and managing private and institutional wealth for financial return, values alignment and positive impact. Co-Founders of Tribe Impact Capital […]

UNEP FI signatory Shinhan Bank launches a new green loan program

On April 6th, Shinhan Bank launched its ‘Green Management Firm Loan Program’ with the South Korean Ministry of Environment and KEITI, a UNEP FI Supporting Institution. The program allots USD 87 million for Eco-friendly Small and Medium Entersprises, and loans are made with interest rates of up to 1.3% lower that existing programs. This is […]

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.