UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Sustainable Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 - 6 September 2017


As UNEP FI celebrates 25 years, join us at the Latin America and Caribbean Roundtable to connect with sustainable finance peers, and raise awareness of the progress made across the banking, insurance and investment industries.

Join leaders from all parts of the financial system as well as from civil society, academia, government and the United Nations as we explore issues on the horizon and spur transformation. The Roundtable will provide insight into next-generation approaches to financing, supporting a stable low-carbon economy, environment and inclusive society in the long-term.

The agenda-setting event will showcase best practices in integrating environmental, social and governance factors into financial products and services, and provide insights into how a strategic approach to sustainability can position organizations for the 2030 Agenda. Financial institutions will be able to: explore actions to mitigate risks and scale up green business lines; Enable peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing across our regional hub.

During the event, our network of decision makers and practitioners will cover the latest trends, tools, policies and practices to address challenges and develop opportunities for resilient growth, and celebrate 25 years of growing momentum in sustainable finance since UNEP FI was launched in Latin America in 1992, at the Rio Earth Summit. You are welcome to join us on 5 and 6 September in Buenos Aires!

Participation in the Roundtable is free of charge, but participants from across the region are expected to cover their own travel costs.

Tentative Agenda

Plenary Sessions
08:30 - 09:00Registration and Networking
09:00 - 09:10Opening Remarks

♦ UN Environment Representative
♦ Government of Argentina Representative

09:10 - 09:30Keynote Presentation

Eric Usher, Head of UNEP FI

09:30 - 10:30

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and beyond

Climate change – across its political, technological, physical and/or
reputational dimensions – will radically change markets, sectors and
industries. How can financial institutions put in place the systems
today that will support them weather the new risks and thrive on the
opportunities, as well as help their clients and investees become the
winners in the transition to the new climate economy?

Mario Sergio Vasconcelos, FEBRABAN
Eric Usher, UNEP FI
Beatriz Ocampo, Bancolombia

Constanza Gorleri, Felipe Hughes, ADEBA

10:30 - 10:50Networking Break
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

10:50 - 12:00Market Leadership in Sustainable Finance

UNEP FI is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, group of visionary
leaders saw that transforming private finance would be key to achieving
sustainable development. At the beginning the discussion was focused on
large transnational financial institutions based in Europe and North America.
It has been over 15 years since Latin America and the Caribbean engaged
on the topic. Throughout this period some Latin American financial institutions
have had some outstanding performance in the adoption of sustainable practices
and can be consider market leaders.

The session will provide a space to showcase some of these leaders and listen
to their experiences in this transition. The session aims to motivate other
organizations in the region to commit to sustainability.

Denise Hills, ITAU Unibanco
Mariuz Calvet, Banorte
♦ Patricia Coimbra, Sulamerica

Liesel van Ast, UNEP FI

12:00 - 13:15Networking Lunch
Engage with the participants over lunch and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

13:15 - 14:15Environmental Resilience and the Finance Sector

The environment ultimately underpins all human activity as climate change,
combined with human activities contribute to the depletion and degradation
of natural resources and create environmental-related risks to economies.
The effects include lowered resilience to catastrophic events, such as drought
or typhoons, and the inability to maintain and grow critical parts of the economy.

Momentum is growing to understand and address environmental sources of
financial risk. This plenary offers an opportunity to gain insight into the importance
of environmental resilience in the finance sector from a broad selection of actors.

Julio Bran, Banco Hipotecario de El Salvador
Beatriz Americano, Terra Brasis de Seguros
Maria Paz Uribe, FINDETER
♦ tba, WWF

Anders Nordheim, UNEP FI

14:15 - 15:15Keynote Presentation
G20 Argentina Approach to Sustainable Finance (TBC)

Details to be confirmed.

15:15 - 15:35Networking Break
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

15:35 - 16:35Sustainable Investment: An Overview of the Sector
in the Global and Regional Context

Finance sector and capital market responses to Sustainable Stock Exchanges
and fiduciary duty developments; Portfolio Decarbonisation Strategies in LAC,
new approaches for mobilizing domestic capital markets for sustainable
infrastructure through aggregation & securitization.

Alex Rau, Climate Wedge
Tatiana Assali, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Raquel Marques da Costa, Bradesco Asset Management
♦ tba, CVM Brazil (TBC)

♦ tba, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

16:35 - 17:35Sustainable finance benchmarking: How to
track progress and catalyse transformation?

Assessing and measuring the degree of sustainability in financial institutions;
logics and conceptual approaches to which we can understand such assessments
and measures; why is it useful? Does the financial institution have all the process
in place to become sustainable?

Mariuz Calvet, Banorte
Raquel Marques da Costa, Bradesco Asset Management
♦ tba, UNEP FI

Marcos Mancini, UNEP FI / UNEP Inquiry

19:00 - 21:00UNEP FI 25th Anniversary Reception

Venue: 21st Floor, Hotel Emperador
Parallel Sessions
08:30 - 09:00Registration and Networking
09:00 - 10:30Climate Smart Agriculture

Climate-smart agriculture is the reform to ensure the way agriculture is practiced
remains compatible with man-made climate changes, securing short-and-long-term
resilience in productive capacity of the agricultural systems. This session looks to
provide insights of the engagement the finance sector has on this topic.

Hernan Busch, Banco Galicia
Pablo Cortinez, Fundacion Vida Silvestre
♦ Carole Megevand, World Bank

Jacinto Coello, UN Environment
10:30 - 11:00Networking Break
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

11:00 - 12:30Implementing and Promoting
the Principles of Sustainable Insurance

What was the motivation to sign to PSI, how are insures
implementing the PSI in the region as risk carriers and investors.
What are the key opportunities for the insurance market regarding
Environmental, Social and Governance issues?

♦ Tomas Carmona, Sulamerica.
♦ Beatriz Americano, Terra Brasis
12:30 - 14:00Networking Lunch
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

14:00 - 15:30Green Bonds

Green bonds were created to fund projects that have positive
environmental and/or climate benefits and have evolved to become
an opportunity to invest in climate solutions through a high quality
credit fixed income product. This session aims to provide insight into
a few green bonds issuance in LAC and potential market development
in the region.

Beatriz Ocampo, Bancocolombia
Marcelo Ponce, International Finance Cooperation (IFC)
♦ Daniela Baccas, BNDES

Tatiana Assali, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
15:30 - 16:00Networking Break
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

16:00 - 17:30Financing Sustainable Infrastructure

Planning, designing and financing sustainable infrastructure.

♦ Giovanni Leo Frisari, Inter-American Development Bank

Parallel Sessions
08:30 - 09:00Registration and Networking
09:00 - 10:30Social Issues Strategy in Latin America & the Caribbean

The session will take a glimpse into regional experiences around financial institutions’ approaches
to respect human rights, as set in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and
act on their ability to further address wider social needs, such as creating value for communities,
increasing access to finance, etc. It will also be an opportunity for participants to get insights into
the latest trends in the field of business and human rights as relevant to finance, such as the
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Finally, it will serve as a platform to discuss with financial
institutions on how best to adapt UNEP FI global strategy on social issues to regional needs
while drawing on good practice from the region.

Margaret Wachenfeld, Corporate Human RIghts Benchmark (CHRB)
Constanza Gorleri, Banco Galicia
Carlos Rivas, Banco General
Maria Eugenia Sosa, ITAU Unibanco
Juliana Naranjo, SURA

Leonardo Letelier, SITAWI Finance for Good
10:30 - 10:45Networking Break
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

10:45 - 11:45Positive Impact Finance Principles Information

Developed by a group of banking and investor members of UN Environment Finance Initiative,
the Positive Impact Principles are a set of guidelines to promote the development of positive
impact business and finance, and thereby contribute to the achievement of sustainable
development and in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Principles,
marking the shift to a new business paradigm and form of interaction to finance the SDGs,
will be introduced to members in the region during this dedicated information session,
also offering the opportunity for dialogue with participants around positive impact.
The session will be used to present the Positive Impact Finance principles to UNEP FI
members in the region and actors that have a role in advancing the sustainable finance agenda.

Maria Eugenia Sosa, ITAU Unibanco

Sabina Timco, UNEP FI
11:45 - 12:00Networking Break
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

12:00 - 13:00The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark: Regional Consultation

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) is a unique
collaboration led by investors and civil society organisations
dedicated to creating the first open and public benchmark of
corporate human rights performance.

This consultation in Buenos Aires is part of a series of consultations
that CHRB is convening across the world to seek feedback from
stakeholders – business, civil society and government – on the
CHRB methodology, process and data presentation to date.
This consultation seeks to recognize and leverage on the unique
ability of financial institutions from Latin American and Caribbean
region to drive respect for human rights in finance.

Session Lead:
Margaret Wachenfeld, Corporate Human RIghts Benchmark (CHRB)
13:00 - 14:00Networking Lunch
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

14:00 - 15:30Green Buildings

A ‘green’ building is a building that, in its design, construction
or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can
create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment.
Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve
our quality of life. This session addresses green and sustainable
buildings and the opportunities for the finance sector.

Carlos Grinberg, Green Building Council Argentina
♦ tba, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal

♦ tba, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
15:30 - 16:00Networking Break
Engage with the participants over coffee and discover collaborative
ways to advance sustainable finance in your institutions.

16:00 - 17:30Catalyzing Energy Efficiency Investment to
Support Sustainable Development

The G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit has recently been
reviewed by G20 governments, IOs and private finance actors and
was then launched in Hamburg at the G20 Energy Efficiency Forum,
DC and Beijing. Energy efficiency plays a crucial role in driving sustainable
development particularly in Latin America, and will be a key focus of the
upcoming Argentinean G20 presidency. The Toolkit session will bring together
policy-makers and private finance actors in discussing the best practice
solutions necessary for meeting EE investment needs.

Benoit lebot, IPPEC
Alexandre Esposito, BNDES
Angel O'Dogherty, FIRA
♦ tba, BICE

Peter Sweatman, G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG)
Launch & Workshop
09:00 to 12:00
Launching of the New Guide to Banking and Sustainability
Venue: ADEBA, Tte. Gral. Juan Domingo Perón 564, Piso 6, Buenos Aires

The strength of the guide is the practical experience it brings together, enhancing the transfer practical knowledge and experience from one member to another.
14:00 to 18:00
Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Training Workshop
Venue: ABA, San Martín 229, piso 12, Buenos Aires

In a world economy increasingly sensitive to environmental and social pressures and a financial sector still responding to crisis and facing increasing regulatory demands, understanding how to manage non-traditional risk such as environmental and social issues is set to become part of the regular business scene.

The Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) Training Programme has been developed to offer lending practitioners across the globe with a comprehensive set of tools on how to establish and implement effective environmental and social risk management systems within their banks.