June 28th, 2017
UNEP FI wishes to extend a warm welcome to ASOBANCA, the Association of Private Ecuadorian Banks (Asociación de Bancos Privados del Ecuador) as the newest supporting institution in the Latin America and Caribbean region. As a member of FELABAN (Latin American Federation of Banks), ASOBANCA has been working to strengthen the Ecuadorian Banking System, represent its interests, provide specialized services and strategic reports, and contribute to the country’s development.
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 […]
In August 2016, UNEP FI member Ant Financial, one of the world’s largest digital finance companies, launched its pilot application ‘Ant Forest’ to engage individual citizens in greening their behaviour. As of May 2017, almost 50% of Ant Financial’s 450 million users had signed up to the unprecedented app which gamifies carbon footprint tracking. “Two […]
The 8th Clean Energy Ministerial in China saw the Asian launch of the G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit to a packed audience of policy-makers, cleantech entrepreneurs, investors and financiers. The Clean Energy Ministerials are senior-level meetings dedicated to accelerating the global clean energy transition. The Asian launch was was organised by the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task […]
UNEP FI is very pleased to welcome the 21st financial institution to join the Positive Impact Finance Initiative. NAB is one of the four largest financial institutions in Australia and has been actively supporting the growth of the Australian impact investment market, and in particular supporting the transition to a low carbon economy. NAB supports […]
During the last week of April, UN Environment in collaboration with Climate Focus and Forest Trends held a workshop in Bogota, Colombia on business and financing models for more sustainable commodity production.
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 […]
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 welcomes FEBRABAN, the Brazilian Federation of Banks as the newest supporting institution in the Latin America and Caribbean region. FEBRABAN represents 122 banks which accounts for 93% of shareholder’s equity and 97% of the total assets of the national banking system in Brazil. The Federation represents one of the most advanced banking sectors […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.