The Latin American Working Group of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative consists of 40 financial institutions who are signatories of the UNEP Statement of Commitment on Sustainable Development and/or the Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI).

UNEP FI strategy and agenda in Latin America are led (2015-2017) by the Working Group Co-Chairs:

  • Denise Hills, Superintendent of Sustainability, BANCO ITAÚ (Brazil).
    Ms Hills was also elected to hold the co-chair position for the same period, at the Global Steering Committee of UNEP FI, and to represent the Latin American Group in the Banking Commission of UNEP FI.
  • Mauricio Velásquez, Senior Executive of the Direction of Environmental and Climate Change & Coordinator of the Environmental and Social Programme for Financial Institution, CAF, LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (Ecuador).
  • Patricia Coimbra, Human Resources and Sustainability Director, SULAMERICA (Brazil)

Activities

Activities in the region are connected to the global programme and include: Network-building in order to foster sharing of information, best practice and awareness raising between financial institutions; engagement with relevant regional stakeholders in sustainable finance; and capacity-building through workshops and online training courses.

2015 Activities of the Latin America Task Force
2014 Activities of the Latin America Task Force

UNEP FI activities are also supported by our partners ALIDE, CAF and FELABAN.

Training and professional development

Training activities were initiated in 2005, in Latin America when the first “Country Workshop on Environmental & Social Risk” for risk managers and analysts in corporate, investment and retail banking was held. We have also held events to brief CEOs on the topic. UNEP FI’s training programme has grown to offer a range of tailor-made training modules on sustainable finance topics in Spanish, English and French, aimed at understanding and integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) components into operations and financing to support a shift to a green and inclusive economy.

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

Members

Financial institutions based in Latin America and Caribbean which are UNEP FI Signatories

Supporting institutions

Brazilian Insurance Confederation (Brazil)
Brazilian Superintendence of Private Insurance (SUSEP) (Brazil)
Federation of Colombian Insurers (Fasecolda) (Colombia)
General Superintendence of Insurance of Costa Rica (SUGESE) (Costa Rica)
Interamerican Federation of Insurance Companies (FIDES) (Peru)
Mexican Association of Insurance Institutions (AMIS) (Mexico)

Contact

Matias Gallardo
Regional Co-ordinator / Coordinador Regional
matias.gallardo.affiliate@pnuma.org

  • Innovative Financial Instruments to Support Private Sector Investments in Energy Efficiency: Experiences and Lessons Learned from the Latin-American and Asia-Pacific Regions

    15-16 November 2016 | Lima, Perú
    This event aims to promote a dialogue and exchange of experiences among Financial Institutions from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions about the challenges and opportunities for private investments in energy efficiency to mobilize and deploy adequate and effective financial resources to achieve a low-carbon, climate-resilient development.

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Chile

    4 noviembre 2016 | Santiago, Chile
    Este taller tiene como objetivo sensibilizar al personal de las instituciones financieras sobre las consecuencias y oportunidades generadas por la identificación y evaluación de los riesgos socioambientales de sus clientes y/o socios de inversión, y a su vez enseñar a los participantes cómo detectar, disminuir y evaluar dichos riesgos a través de herramientas utilizadas por instituciones financieras internacionales.

  • Foro: Promoviendo las Finanzas Sostenibles en el Cono Sur

    Jueves 3 de noviembre de 2016 | Santiago, Chile
    Objetivos:

    • Crear un espacio de diálogo sobre las Finanzas Sostenibles entre los actores de instituciones financieras del Cono Sur.
    • Guiar la construcción de Estrategias Nacionales de Finanzas Sostenibles.
    • Compartir las actividades y proyectos de UNEP FI y promover la participación activa del sector financiero de la sub-región.
  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis – Costa Rica

    13 October 2016 | San Jose, Costa Rica
    UNEP FI/Ecobanking conducted an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk Analysis in-person training workshop, in collaboration with UN-REDD Programme, Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo (SBD) and its main operators, and the Superintendence of Financial Institutions (SUGEF).
    UNEP FI/Ecobanking organizaron un Taller presencial Introductorio de Capacitación sobre Análisis de Riesgos Ambientales y Sociales (ARAS), en colaboración con el Programa ONU-REDD, el Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo (SBD) y sus principales operadores, y la Superintendencia General de Entidades Financieras (SUGEF).

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Paraguay

    2 September 2016 | Asuncion, Paraguay
    UNEP FI/Ecobanking conducted an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk Analysis training workshop, in collaboration with the Sustainable Finance Table of Paraguay (“Mesa de Finanzas Sostenibles de Paraguay”), made up of nine banks of the system.

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis in the Housing and Construction Sector

    15 July 2016 | Lima, Peru
    In Peru, as well as in other Latin American countries, the regulatory framework on environmental issues is advancing rapidly, posing increasingly demanding challenges, which will guide and encourage the implementation of appropriate environmental and social management of the various economic stakeholders, especially financial institutions that aim at taking the lead on financial issues related to the environment. Since January 2016, a new regulatory framework requires Peruvian banks to perform social and environmental risk assessments. UNEP FI/Ecobanking conducted in Peru an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk Analysis training workshop. The event was organised in collaboration with the Finance Mechanisms for Low Carbon Development Project (FinanCC), which is implemented by GIZ Peru, and Fondo Mivivienda .

  • Semana por la Sostenibilidad Latinoamérica 2015: CICLO SIETE / Sustainability Week Latin America 2015

    UNEP FI y BANCOLOMBIA invitan a los miembros signatarios en América Latina a establecer su Semana por la Sostenibilidad del 18 al 25 de abril 2015, y llevar a cabo durante esos días diferentes actividades que promuevan el bienestar ambiental y social. Para mayor información, por favor visita www.ciclosiete.com Ciclo Siete: Sustainability Week Latin America […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis, Asunción, Paraguay

    27 June 2012 | Asunción, Paraguay UNEP FI/Ecobanking organized for the first time in Paraguay an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk (ESRA) training workshop in collaboration with the Sustainability Roundtable of Paraguay. This training session took place on the 23th of June at the Sheraton Hotel in Asunción. We convened this workshop as part of […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Colombia

    7 December 2011 | Bogota, Colombia » Español (incluye programa) UNEP FI/Ecobanking organized for the second time in Colombia an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk training workshop, in collaboration with the Banking Association. This training session took place on the 7th of December, in the Hotel Porton de Bogota. We are convened this workshop with […]

  • Advanced Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Panama

    14 & 15 September, 2010 | Panama City, Panama » Español UNEP FI – Ecobanking convened the “Advanced ESRA Training Workshop”, seeking to train exclusively risk managers and analysts who already have a basic understanding/experience of environmental risk management and are seeking to step up their ESRM systems. Over one-and-a-half days through a “risk lab” […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Ecuador

    2 June 2010 | Quito, Ecuador » Español An Introductory Environmental and Social Risk training workshop, co-organized by UNEP FI and Ecobanking, took place on the 2 June in Quito, Ecuador, at the Hotel Hilton Colon. The workshop aimed was to sensitize bankers, risk & credit managers and other relevant parties across the financial sector, […]

  • Advanced Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Mexico

    17 & 18 March 2011 | Mexico City » Español (incluye programa) This is the third time that UNEP FI, together with the Ecobanking Project, are convening an “Advanced ESRA Training Workshop” in Latin America, as part of the broader Environmental & Social Risk Analysis Training Programme. Aimed specifically at risk managers and analysts who […]

  • Taller de Entrenamiento Básico sobre Identificación y Evaluación de Riesgos Socioambientales en los Procesos Crediticios para el sector financiero en Uruguay

    12 November 2010 | Montevideo » Español For the first time UNEP FI/Ecobanking convened an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk training workshop in Uruguay, in collaboration with the Private Banking Association and our local member, Banco Comercial. We organized this workshop with the aim of sensitizing bankers, risk managers and other relevant parties across the […]

  • Advanced Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Peru

    25 & 26 October 2010 | Lima, Peru » Español This is the second time that UNEP FI – Ecobanking convened the “Advanced ESRA Training Workshop“, seeking to train exclusively risk managers and analysts who already have a basic understanding/experience of environmental risk management and are seeking to step up their ESRM systems. Over one-and-a-half […]

  • The finance sector to step up efforts to combat climate change and increase investment in renewable energy, urges Nobel Laureate

    13 September 2010 | Mexico City 80 days before the UN climate change negotiations the UNEP Finance Initiative leads the discussion with the finance sector at a forum in Mexico City entitled “The Financial Sector towards COP16” Over 55 finance CEOs, Managing Directors and Heads of Sustainability join the Nobel Laureate in the climate change […]

  • Peer-to-Peer Breakfast Meeting on Environmental & Social Risk

    24 September, 2009 | Lima, Peru » Español (incluye programa) Organised in collaboration with BBVA Banco Continental under the auspices of the Peruvian banking Association (ASBANC), this Breakfast Meeting provided the country’s risk managers with a golden opportunity to gather for a collective reflection on the adoption and implementation of environmental and social risk management […]

  • First Advanced Training Workshop (ATW) on Environmental and Social Risk Management

    22-23 September, 2009 | Bogota, Colombia » Español (incluye programa) Building on the success of the Environmental and Risk Analisis (ESRA) Training Programme developed over the years since 2005 by UNEP FI’s Latin American Task Force and its partner, the Ecobanking Project, the Task Force launched a brand new training workshop which seeks to further […]

  • Breakfast Meeting on Finance and Sustainability in the Caribbean Financial Sector

    29 June, 2009 | Bridgetown, Barbados In an effort to engage with the wider Caribbean financial sector, UNEP FI and the Barbados Sustainable Finance Group offered a Regional CEO Breakfast, under the auspices of the Barbados Ministry of Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, and the Barbados Bankers’ Association. This high-level meeting came as a follow-up […]

  • Training Workshop & CEO Breakfast for the Panamean Financial Sector: Environmental and Social Risk Management

    20-21 May, 2009 | Panama » Español (incluye programa y presentaciones) This is the first time the Latin American Task Force convened a training workshop in Panama, seeking to train analysts and managers across the country’s financial sector on how to identify and manage social and environmental risks and opportunities in their lending and investment […]

  • Outreach Event on Environmental and Social Risk Management

    26 November 2008 | Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago This was the first time the Latin American Task Force visited Trinidad & Tobago, following a successful Risk Training Workshop and CEO Breakfast the previous days in Barbados. This initial outreach event sought to raise awareness within the local financial sector and with relevant stakeholders, […]

  • Caribbean Workshop & CEO Breakfast: Evaluation and Management of Environmental and Social Risks in Lending and Investment Practices

    This is the first time the Latin American Task Force convened a training workshop in the Caribbean, seeking to train analysts and sensitise managers across the region’s financial sector on how to identify and manage social and environmental risks and opportunities in their lending and investment operations. A carefully targeted group of some 20 risk […]

  • Training Workshop and CEO Breakfast for the Venezuelan Financial Sector

    29-30 October, 2007 | Caracas » Español (incluye programa & presentaciones) This is the first time the Latin American Task Force convened a training workshop in Venezuela, seeking to train analysts and sensitise managers across the country’s financial sector on how to identify and manage social and environmental risks and opportunities in their lending and […]

  • Seminar: The Mexican Financial Sector and the Environment

    4 October 2007 | Mexico City » Español (incluye programa & comunicado de prensa) The Seminar was organised by the Nacional Ecology Institute of Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Ecología/INE) and the Mexican Environment Ministry (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales/SEMARNAT), in collaboration with UNEP FI’s Latin American Task Force and HSBC México. The event […]

  • Training Workshop, CEO Breakfast & Corporate Seminar for the Chilean Financial Sector: Environmental and Social Risk Management

    29-31 May, 2007 | Santiago de Chile » Español (incluye programa) This is the first time the Latin American Task Force convened a training workshop in Chile, seeking to train analysts and managers across the country’s financial sector on how to identify and manage social and environmental risks and opportunities in their lending and investment […]

  • Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Mexico,2007-01-19″
  • Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Ecuador

    18-19 September, 2006 | Guayaquil/Quito, Ecuador » Español (incluye materiales) The third such workshop to be convened by the Latin American Task Force in the Andean Region (see Colombia Workshop, March 2005 and Peru Workshop, March 2006), this training event sought to assist financial analysts to identify and assess environmental and social risk in credit […]

  • Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis El Salvador

    15-16 June, 2006 | San Salvador, El Salvador » Español (incluye materiales) The first training workshop convened by the Latin American Task Force in Central America, this event was marked by the attendance of FI representatives from across the region. Following a day’s training on the 15th, participants pooled ideas and recommendations which were presented […]

  • Seminar: The Role of the Public Banking Sector in promoting Sustainability in Brazil

    10 May, 2006 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil » Español/Portugues Organised in fulfillment of the Latin American Task Force’s mission to raise awareness and promote sustainable finance practices, this was the first UNEP FI event to focus specifically on public banks. Reflective of the pioneer role played by public banks in Brazil in this field, […]

  • Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Peru

    28-29 March, 2006 | Lima, Peru Español (incluye materiales) The second such training workshop convened by the Latin American Task Force in the Andean Region (see Colombia Workshop, March 2005), this event was marked by the Peruvian financial sector’s strong interest in and awareness of the sustainability agenda. Participants pooled ideas and recommendations which were presented […]

  • Latin American Task Force Training Event Argentina

    4-5 May, 2005 | Buenos Aires, Argentina Hosted by ABN AMRO Argentina, the second LATF workshop on environmental and social credit risk brought together 25 participants from a range of Argentinean and international banks. With case studies, group exercises and role plays, the trainers from ABN AMRO and Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN) inspired […]

  • Latin American Task Force Training Event Colombia

    March 9-10 | Bogotá, Colombia The Colombian financial sector displayed strong interest in the UNEP FI Latin American Task Force‘s (LATF) first training event on environmental and social aspects of credit risk. An executive breakfast, held on March 9, raised awareness of strategic choices related to environmental and social issues at the senior management level. […]

  • Latin American Task Force Opening Meeting

    Host   This meeting was hosted by:         ,1/2 July, 2004 | Lima, Peru On 1/2 July, the UNEP FI Latin American Task Force came together for its first meeting in Lima, Peru. Members of the Task Force were joined by invited guests from across the region, as well as two observer […]

  • UNEP FI Regional Outreach Event – Latin America and the Caribbean

    26-27 November, 2001 | Santiago, Chile On November 26 – 27, 2001, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives (UNEP FI) hosted a roundtable meeting in Santiago, Chile on the role of the financial sector and the foreign direct investment in the sustainable development […]