Legal Framework for Impact: The rationale for investing for sustainability impact

Investors have both a profound responsibility and a huge stake in the maintenance of a sound financial system. International frameworks set out the plan to preserve and enhance those systems but the global investment sector is currently not holding up its end of the deal. The project “A Legal Framework for Impact” is clarifying the legal responsibilities of investors to consider the sustainability impact of their decision-making and explains how policymakers can deliver legal frameworks that support sustainable economies.

A Legal Framework for Impact – About

Investors have a fiduciary duty to integrate financially material factors, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Meanwhile, the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals have ramped up investor awareness about global sustainability challenges. Investors are increasingly considering ‘impact duties’ – such as decarbonisation targets, commitments to quality of life, gender equality or integrating the impact…

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…

BLOG: Eric Usher discusses what makes a credible net zero commitment

In the first two blogs in this series, I wrote about the UN Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) and the ongoing dance between the private and public sector that is ratcheting up sustainability ambitions. Today, I finish up this pre-COP series by considering how significant the net-zero objective has become for the finance industry, and…

Entrevista: Tomás Conde de BBVA España habla sobre los beneficios de haber tomado la capacitación de ARAS

(Español) (English text below)   El internacionalmente reconocido Programa de Capacitación de Análisis de Riesgos Ambientales y Sociales (ARAS) fue desarrollado en 2005 por ONU Ambiente Iniciativa Financiera (UNEP FI, por sus siglas en inglés), INCAE Business School / Proyecto Ecobanking y la Agencia de Cooperación Alemana GIZ. Desde entonces, cursos virtuales y talleres presenciales…

UNEP FI Honoured with IPE Outstanding Industry Contribution Award

Last month, UNEP FI and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) received the Investments and Pensions Europe 2017 gold award for Outstanding Industry Contribution in recognition of our work on Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century. Long considered a barrier, the programme seeks to modernise conceptions of fiduciary duty to integrate environmental, social and governance…