Aviva endorses Positive Impact Manifesto and Principles for Positive Impact Finance

UNEP FI is pleased to welcome the first insurance company and 22nd financial institution to join the Positive Impact Initiative. Aviva is the UK’s largest insurer with a long-standing tradition of engagement, including with global policy-makers, in relation to the challenge of financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The SDGs have to become a defining element […]

G7 Backs the Sustainable Finance Movement

On Monday 12 June 2017, at the conclusion of a two-day G7 Ministerial Meeting on Environment in Bologna, Italy, the G7 released a communiqué acknowledging “that scaling up sustainable finance is fundamental to achieve sustainability and climate goals”. The G7 also recognized the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) encouraging public-private partnership. The sustainable finance […]

Launch of Japan’s ESG Working Group Report and Green Bond Guidelines

On the back of increasing momentum towards green finance and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment in Japan, the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan established dedicated working groups and has been facilitating discussion amongst experts over the last two years. Two reports were released earlier this year, and now the reports are available […]

Global investors support government action on tobacco control

53 investors, health systems, pension funds and insurers, representing US$3.8 trillion in assets under management, have signed a statement to World Health Organization (WHO) representatives and national health ministers openly supporting stronger regulation around tobacco control. The statement was released today, on World No Tobacco Day – marked every year on 31 May. Its purpose […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ANT Financial Services and UN Environment launch Green Digital Finance Alliance

On Thursday 19 January 2017, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, UNEP FI member ANT Financial Services and UN Environment launched the ‘Green Digital Finance Alliance’ a ground-breaking initiative to harness digital technologies in catalyzing financing that addresses global environmental challenges. Financing sustainable development is one of the greatest challenge of our times. To […]

Chinese online payment provider Ant Financial joins UNEP FI

Chinese online payment provider Ant Financial joins UNEP FI Ant Financial Services Group has become the first Fintech company to join UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s network ofmore than 200 financial institution signatories. Ant Financial’s signing of the UNEP FI Statement of Commitment by Financial Institutions on Sustainable Development represents the online payments services providers’ recognition of the role of the […]

UN Environment and ICLEI create largest collaboration between insurance industry and cities

UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), the largest collaborative initiative between the UN and the insurance industry, and ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability, the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions, have joined forces to create the largest collaboration between the insurance industry and cities. Before 2016 ended, ICLEI signed the […]