The UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a Unit within the UN Environment Programme’s Resources & Market Branch, based in Geneva, Switzerland, itself a Branch of one of the UN Environment Programme’s eight core divisions, the Economy Division.
UNEP FI’s day to day activities are run by a small Geneva-based Secretariat.
The Governance of UNEP FI is reflective of the nature of the Initiative as a partnership between UNEP and a global network of financial institutions spanning the banking, insurance and investment industries.
UNEP FI’s governance bodies are: the Annual General Meeting, the Global Steering Committee, the three Industry Committees (Banking, Insurance and Investment), the Thematic Advisory Groups and the Regional Advisory Groups.
The Annual General Meeting is the ultimate decision-making forum for UNEP FI. The Global Steering Committee oversees the strategic orientation of the overall Initiative and is composed of representatives from the memberships’ core constituencies, across sectors and geographies, as well as from the United Nations system. The Industry Committees, in accordance with the overall strategy developed by the Global Steering Committee, set industry-level strategies as well as developing and operationalizing the full UNEP FI work programme.
The UNEP FI Leadership Council convenes CEOs and Chairpersons from organisations represented on the three elected committees meeting annually in an advisory capacity to provide vision and strategic direction to UNEP FI in orienting its role and that of the UN, in shaping, mainstreaming and deepening sustainability integration across the industry.