UNEP FI’s Asia Pacific Working Group provides a platform for all UNEP FI members based in the Asia-Pacific region to exchange ideas and best practices, and address region-specific sustainability priorities and needs in the financial sector. The Group serves to provide an Asian perspective to UNEP FI’s overall work program. The Task Force also acts as a disseminator and promoter of UNEP FI’s work in the Asia-Pacific Region, in the form of training workshops, webinars, conferences and tools, etc., to promote the adoption of best sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Within the Working Group, there are three country-based sub-groups:

  1. Australasia Group
  2. Japan Group
  3. Korea Group


UNEP FI’s regional activities are grounded on the Initiative’s overarching global agenda on sustainable finance, translating this into regional relevance through peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges, network-building, capacity-building via on-line and in-person trainings, and engagement with policymakers, regulators and supervisors. We also engage other stakeholders and partners to jointly identify strategic approaches to promoting sustainable finance, ensuring that regional and sub-regional dynamics and realities are considered. In 2016, some of the activities in the Asia Pacific region include:

Training and professional development

UNEP FI has a range of training offerings, both online and in workshop format, covering several themes. For further information on each of these services, please visit the Sustainable Finance Training section.


Financial institutions based in Asia Pacific which are UNEP FI Signatories

Supporting institutions

Association of Insurers and Reinsurers of Developing Countries (Philippines)
Financial Services Council of New Zealand (New Zealand)
Insurance Commission of the Philippines (Philippines)
Insurance Council of Australia (Australia)
Insurance Council of New Zealand (New Zealand)
Insurance Institute for Asia & the Pacific (New Zealand)
Insurance Institute of India (India)
Philippine Insurers & Reinsurers Association (Philippines)
Philippine Life Insurance Association (Philippines)
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Business School (Australia)


Diana Almoro, Regional Coordinator

  • Kick-off meeting of Mongolian Green Credit Fund Working Group

    23 May 2016 | Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia UNEP FI, together with the Mongolian Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism (MEGDT), the Mongolian Bankers Association (MBA), Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and German International Cooperation (GIZ), recently convened the kick-off meeting of the Mongolian Green Credit Fund […]

  • China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) 2016 Roundtable on Promoting Green Finance and Supporting Local Development

    29 March, 2016 | Shanghai, China CCICED organized a roundtable on Green Finance and Local Government Development at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) in Shanghai, China on 29 March 2016. The event brought together over 100 participants from China’s central and local governments, financial institutions, academia, and international organizations. Among the prominent speakers, […]

  • Mongolian Sustainable Finance Forum

    25 November | Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia On 25 November in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the Mongolian Sustainable Finance Forum 2015, organised by UNEP FI and Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) with the Mongolian Bankers Association (MBA) and XAC Bank, brought together some 400 participants to discuss the establishment of a green credit fund as a potential […]

  • UNEP FI holds a sustainable finance seminar with the Korean National Assembly

    19 March 2015 | Seoul, Korea From left to right: Young-ho Kim (director of Korea Sustainability Investing Forum), Eunjoo Lee (Korean National Assembly member), Mok-hee Lee (Assembly member), Il-Pyo Hong (Assembly member), Ligia Noronha (Director of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics), and Hyo Jin Ahn (Deputy President of Shinhan Bank). UNEP FI supported […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis India

    23 April 2013 | Mumbai, India The training workshop on Environmental and Social Risks Analysis was held on 23 April 2013 in Mumbai, India. The workshop is the first session of sustainability series convened by United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and YES BANK. The Sustainability Series […]

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management for Financial Institutions project

    The UNEP FI Australasia Group would like to invite you to a webinar on its Sustainable Supply Chain Management for Financial Institutions project. The webinar will focus on presenting the project’s outcomes to members in other regions, and on seeking potential opportunities for collaboration going forward on the subject of supply chain management. To accommodate […]

  • Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Advanced Workshops in Australia

    6-7 June 2011 | Sydney9-10 June 2011 | Melbourne UNEP FI and Ecobanking convene for the first time their advanced training workshop on social risk analysis in Australia in June. The seminar aims to build the technical capacity of participants to evaluate environmental and social risks generated by clients and/or investment partners-generated by simulating real-life […]

  • Workshop lays foundations for better integration of climate change adaptation in Asia Pacific region

    3 February 2011 | Sydney, Australia UNEP FI’s Australasia Group, composed of 14 financial institution members from Australia and New Zealand, successfully conducted a climate change adaptation workshop on 3 February, 2011. As climate change proves an inevitable fact, adaptation efforts need to be further advanced, not only by the governments, but also business communities. […]

  • Financing Low-Carbon Growth in Asia

    The Roles and Views of Financial Institutions and the Capital Markets 16-17 June 2010 | Seoul, Republic of Korea UNEP FI, through its Climate Change Working Group and Asia-Pacific Task Force, convened the first of a series of regional Summits on ‘Financing Low-Carbon Growth’ in emerging economies, in partnership with Cambridge University’s P8 Group of […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Philippines

    27 October, 2009 | Manila, the Philippines This is the first time that UNEP FI convened the one-day training workshop in Asia, seeking to train risk analysts and credit managers who work for Financial Institutions in the Philippines on how to identify and manage social and environmental risks and opportunities in their lending and investment […]

  • The Role of Finance & Insurance in Climate Change

    UNEP FI is involved in hosting the following three events in Tokyo, Japan which are all taking place during the week of 17 November 2008. **The Role of Finance & Insurance in Climate Change18 November 2008 A seminar hosted by the Asahi Shimbun, the Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance and the Tokio Marine Research […]

  • Climate Change as a Business Opportunity – Role of Financial Institutions in Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

    6 December 2007 | Bali, Indonesia Jointly organised by UNEP Finance Initiative and the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Indonesia, the seminar on “Climate Change as a Business Opportunity” focused on the role of financial institutions on mitigation and adaptation of climate change. Topics presented and discussed included carbon markets in Asia, financing of energy […]

  • Mainstreaming Sustainability in Indian Financial Institutions

    5 December 2006 | Mumbai, India The Outreach Group of UNEP FI’s Asia Pacific Task Force organised a workshop on sustainable finance in Mumbai, India. The workshop was attended by more than 30 participants from local and international financial institutions, regulatory bodies and non-governmental organisations. The workshop, which was opened by Paul Clements-Hunt, Head, UNEP […]

  • National Workshop: The Roles and Benefits of Sustainable Development from Banking Perspectives

    15 December 2005 | Batam, Indonesia UNEP FI participated as a speaker in this high profiled National Workshop hosted by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia and Bank Indonesia, the central bank. Press Release & Event Report in Indonesian: Ministry of Environment, Republic of Indonesia Bank Negara Indonesia Objectives Raise awareness of […]

  • UNEP FI Regional Outreach Event – Asia-Pacific

    Sponsor           , Conference Partners   Republic of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) Environment Australia Hanns Seidel Foundation Germany         ,The Financial Sector […]