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 becomes first Latin American Banking Association

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.

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 […]

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 strengthening […]

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 […]

Launch of Investor Obligations and Duties in Asian Markets Report in South Korea

The Korea Sustainability Investing Forum together with UNEP FI, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), UN Global Compact Korea Network and BNP Paribas, co-hosted the launch of the ‘Investor Obligations and Duties in Six Asian Markets’ report in South Korea. In addition to South Korea, the report looks into the fiduciary duties in China, Hong Kong, […]

Blog from Cop 22 Part II: A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities: Progress and Challenges on the Road from Paris to Marrakech In his second blog on COP 22, the climate conference that took place in Marrakech from 4 -16 November 2016, UNEP FI Climate Change Officer, Remco Fischer asks what was accomplished in Morocco, and summarises UNEP FI’s contribution.  In the […]

Japan Sustainable Building Consortium: The 3​rd​ Symposium on Paris Agreement and ESG in Real Estate Investments

The 3rd Symposium on the Paris Agreement and ESG in Real Estate Investments was hosted by the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC) and jointly-hosted by Japan Sustainable Building Consortium (JSBC), UNEP FI and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Nearly 200 experts who engage in construction, real estate and asset management industries participated […]

Blog: News from Climate COP22 Part I

The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown UNEP FI round-up: developments and outcomes from the first week of the 2016 intergovernmental climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22) by Remco Fischer, Climate Change Programme Officer. The good Last year’s climate meeting in Paris, COP 21, has been widely praised as historic for two reasons: it was […]

UNEP FI‘s Global Roundtable held in the Middle East, Dubai, for the first time

25-27 October, 2016 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates Over the years the GRT has become the key global agenda-setting event on sustainable finance, bringing together hundreds of leaders from all parts of the financial system as well as from civil society, academia, government and the United Nations. The 14th edition of the GRT built on […]

Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. becomes first Japanese J-REIT asset manager to join UNEP FI

Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc., a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and UBS, has become the first Japanese J-REIT asset manager to join UNEP FI. With total assets under management of more than 1.2 trillion yen (acquisition-cost-basis), Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc., is one of the largest asset management companies. They manage the largest listed J-REIT,the […]

Event: UN Environment Finance Initiative co-convened roundtable on Natural Capital in Tokyo September 2016

Over fifty participants from the financial sector, as well as representatives from government, industry, consulting, research institutes, and non-profits discussed ESG integration in Japan at an event held at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank’s headquarters in Tokyo on 16th September. The event was co-convened by UN Environment Finance Initiative and Principles for Financial Action for the […]

Costa Rica expresses interest in sustainable finance as a mechanism to strengthen its efforts for sustainable development

On October 11th, UNEP FI, UN-REDD Programme and INCAE met with the National Council of Financial System Supervision (CONASSIF) of Costa Rica to discuss about Sustainable Finance. CONASSIF manages the General Superintendence of Financial Institutions (SUGEF), the Superintendence of Securities (SUGEVAL), the Superintendence of Insurance (SUGESE) and the Superintendence of Pensions (SUPEN). The President of […]