Global investors support government action on tobacco control

53 investors, health systems, pension funds and insurers, representing US$3.8 trillion in assets under management, have signed a statement to World Health Organization (WHO) representatives and national health ministers openly supporting stronger regulation around tobacco control. The statement was released today, on World No Tobacco Day – marked every year on 31 May. Its purpose…

Global Investor Statement: Investors urge govts to undertake five priority actions before COP26

  14 September 2021 – In the run-up to the most consequential United Nations climate change conference in years, and on the heels of another urgent warning from the world’s leading scientists, a record number of 587 investors with US$46 trillion in assets under management are urging governments to rapidly implement five priority policy actions…

19 leading global banks and investors totaling $6.6 trillion in assets launch Principles for Positive Impact Finance

Paris, 30 January 2017

Today, 19 leading global banks and investors totaling $6.6 trillion in assets, launched the Principles for Positive Impact Finance at an event in Paris. The programme of the event is available here.

Read the press release in English and in French.

UNEP FI, in partnership with the PRI, the UN Global Compact and the UNEP Inquiry launches a project to scale up ESG integration as part on investors’ fiduciary duties

Fiduciary duties exist to ensure that those who manage other people’s money act in the interests of beneficiaries. Ten years after the original Freshfields and Fiduciary II reports produced by UNEP FI, and despite significant progress, many large investors have yet to make commitments to responsible investment and to consider ESG issues as part of…

World’s leading institutional investors managing USD 24 trillion call for carbon pricing, ambitious global climate deal

Today, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over USD 24 trillion in assets issued a Global Statement calling on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge. The Statement was coordinated by UNEP FI in collaboration with Principles…

UN Global Compact / UNEP FI Joint Workshop on Investors and Sustainability

,17 September, 2003 | Washington, DC, USA Overview The UN Global Compact and UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) hosted a workshop on 17 September, 2003 in Washington, DC to develop a strategy for raising awareness within the mainstream financial community to the value of sustainable investment. Introduction ‘Global Compact Policy Dialogue 2002’ was held on the…

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance: Investors, companies and governments must act definitively after IPCC AR6

As we learned today from the IPCC, climate-related risks – for our planet and our communities – are increasing faster than expected, as the current trajectory in global carbon emissions is rapidly exceeding our estimated carbon budget. The delay for global action and fast transition of the economy is getting us farther from our objective of…

Global insurance and reinsurance leaders establish groundbreaking net-zero alliance

Geneva/Venice, 11 July 2021—As the G20 gathers in Venice for its Climate Summit, eight of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers make a historic commitment to play their part in accelerating the transition to a net-zero emissions economy, as required by the Paris Agreement.

Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors Europe United Kingdom Insurance Blue Finance and Principles for Sustainable Insurance

Global Roundtable Day 2: From sustainable finance market practice to regulatory horizons

UNEP FI kicked off Day 2 of its Global Roundtable with another day full of high-level keynotes, plenaries, regional focused panels and technical sessions with over 3,000 delegates. Launches included resources to support TCFD implementation. UNEP’s Executive Director Inger Andersen said finance industry and its future profitability and our very own survival need natural systems.…

Stellar Speakers and New Launches at Day 1 of UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable

UNEP FI saw more than 2500 participants join Day 1 of its 16th Global Roundtable, held virtually for the first time ever, under the theme “Financing a Resilient Future”. The stellar line-up of speakers was led by Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, who gave the opening keynote address by reminding participants that sustainable…

Voting form: Global Steering Committee

Vote to elect your Global Steering Committee, by 05 November 2021 The UNEP FI Global Steering Committee oversees the strategic orientation of the Initiative and is composed of representatives from across the memberships’ core constituencies. For details on the mandate and composition of the Committee, please refer to section 4 of the UNEP FI Governance…

Industry leaders and financiers met at Davos to define how companies and their investors deliver net-zero economy

Members of the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, alongside UNEP FI and its partners, led an affiliated session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos on 22 January. The yearly forum engages political, business, cultural and other world leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The group of…

Groundbreaking work to assess real-world sustainability impact for investors: A Legal Framework for Impact

On 27 November 2019, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and The Generation Foundation announced the launch of pioneering research with global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’) to analyse whether and how legal frameworks allow for – and incentivise – investors to consider sustainability impact…

The 1.5°C goal is on the brink of becoming impossible: Get the numbers on global emissions in latest UNEP Report

  UN Environment Programme’s Emission Gap Report, published today, finds that collective ambition must increase more than fivefold over current levels to deliver the cuts needed over the next decade to achieve the 1.5°C goal. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that going beyond 1.5°C will increase the frequency and intensity of…

12 of world’s largest investors make bold commitment to net zero emissions

Asset owners of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance have committed to lead the global investment industry in driving economies to carbon neutrality by 2050. Announced at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on September 23rd, 2019, the Alliance members commit to transitioning their investment portfolios to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, consistent with a…