United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between United Nations Environment and the global financial sector created in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit with a mission to promote sustainable finance. More than 250 financial institutions, including banks, insurers, and investors, work with UN Environment to understand today’s environmental, social and governance challenges, why they matter to finance, and how to actively participate in addressing them.
UNEP FI’s work also includes a strong focus on policy – by facilitating country-level dialogues between finance practitioners, supervisors, regulators and policy-makers, and, at the international level, by promoting financial sector involvement in processes such as the global climate negotiations.
UNEP FI hosts its Global Roundtable every other year and has done so since 1994. This agenda-setting event brings together the sustainable finance community to discuss the most pressing issues, and in 2017, UNEP FI established regional roundtables to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Plot the evolution of sustainable finance over the last 25 years, and UNEP FI’s role in that journey by navigating our interactive timeline here. Find out more about a quarter of a century of Changing Finance and Financing Change from UNEP FI’s Head, Eric Usher here. Read about the initiatives we have been working on with our members in our annual overview here.
Statement of Commitment
The UNEP Statement of Commitment by Financial Institutions on Sustainable Development represents the backbone of the Initiative. By signing up to the Statement, financial institutions openly recognize the role of the financial services sector in making our economy and lifestyles sustainable and commit to the integration of environmental and social considerations into all aspects of their operations.
All financial institutions wishing to join the UNEP Finance Initiative must adhere to the Statement.