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:

LAC representation on the Global Steering Committee:

  • Denise Hills, Superintendent of Sustainability, BANCO ITAÚ (Brazil).
    -elected to hold the co-chair position at the Global Steering Committee of UNEP and to represent the Latin American Group in the Banking Committee of UNEP FI (until December 2017).
  • Patricia Coimbra, Human Resources and Sustainability Director, SULAMERICA (Brazil)
    – elected to hold the regional representation of insurance members at the Global Steering Committee (until June 2019)

Latin America representation in global industry committees:

According to the governance structure, nominated representatives from the LAC region who are members of the Banking, Insurance and Investment Committees form the Regional Advisory Board (RAB). The RAB for Latin America consists of the following representatives of the Banking and Insurance Sectors:

  • Denise Hills, Superintendent of Sustainability, BANCO ITAÚ (Brazil).
    -elected to represent the Latin American Group in the Banking Committee of UNEP FI. (Until December 2017)
  • Mauricio Velasquez, CAF- Latin American Development Bank (Ecuador)
    -Elected to represent the Latin American Group of UNEP FI (Until December 2017)
  • Manoj Parsan, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, FATUM (Suriname).
    -elected to represent the Latin American Group in the Insurance (PSI) Committee of UNEP FI. (2017-2019)

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.

2017 Activities for the Latin American and Caribbean Region
2016 Activities for the Latin American and Caribbean Region
2015 Activities of the Latin America Task Force
2014 Activities of the Latin America Task Force

UNEP FI’s Latin American and Caribbean regional Membership Agenda is based on national inputs and member feedback to establishing a long-term sustainable finance agenda. This agenda uses the current regional context and the progress achieved so far as a foundation for changing finance to finance change. Our work will build upon on going activities and national agendas which will contribute to a country-specific approach to bring our members’ objectives to the forefront.

UNEP FI is constantly looking to expand its network though connecting to financial institutions that are committed to the values of sustainable finance in the banking, insurance and investment industries.  The Latin America and the Caribbean Regional agenda places a strong focus on membership engagement both across industries and in various thematic work streams. In this regard, we are seeking to increase regional interconnectivity through events in which members can communicate in person, strengthen member and network interaction, while also increasing our value proposition through the organizational incorporation of ESG issues and understanding of how future environmental and risk factors can affect portfolios.

UNEP FI in the Latin American and Caribbean is excited to announce the upcoming Regional Roundtable and the 25th anniversary celebration to raise awareness of sustainable finance momentum and strengthen our regional network. This event will create opportunities for regional UNEP FI members to connect and raise awareness of sustainable finance work across industries and will provide insight into emerging knowledge and good practice around key environmental, social and governance topics, as well as inspirational market leadership. The Roundtable will be held in Buenos Aires in early September and will provide exclusive opportunities to participate in networking activities and workshops to engage key stakeholders and collaborate on initiatives.

Regional Roundtable: Buenos Aires September 5-6, 2017

Interested in partnering with UNEP FI on the 2017 Regional Roundtable? Please see our Partnership Opportunities document. Partnership Opportunities (English)  Oportunidades de Cooperación (Español)

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)
Mexican Banking Association (ABM) (Mexico)
Association of Argentine Banks (ADEBA) (Asociación de Bancos Argentinos) (Argentina)
Federação Brasileira de Bancos (FEBRABAN) (Federation of Brazilian Banks) (Brazil)
Asociación de Bancos Privados del Ecuador (ASOBANCA) (Ecuadorian Private Banking Association) (Ecuador)

Contact

Matias Gallardo
Regional Coordinator / Coordinador Regional
matias.gallardo.affiliate@pnuma.org

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

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  • Advanced Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Mexico

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

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