Chaired by Inger Andersen, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, the UNEP FI Leadership Council meets annually 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. It is designed to further mobilise the financial community to support a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy.

The Leadership Council brings together CEOs and Chairpersons of banks and insurers currently represented on one of the three elected UNEP FI governance bodies; the Global Steering Committee, the board of the Principles for Responsible Banking or the board of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance. The first annual meeting will be held at the end of November 2021. Click here to read more about the Council.


Chair: Inger Andersen
United Nations Under-Secretary General and
Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

 

 


UNEP FI Leadership Council


Leadership Council News

25 November 2021

New UNEP FI Leadership Council explores sustainable finance integration & alignment

On the heels of COP 26 and amidst the pandemic when society, business and the environment are at a critical juncture between recovery and crisis, the UNEP FI Leadership Council met for the first time, bringing together CEOs of banks and insurers to further mobilise the financial sector and deepen sustainability integration across the industry.  

18 November 2021

New UNEP FI Leadership Council marks a step-change in sustainable finance landscape

UNEP FI today announces the formation of a new Leadership Council, designed to further mobilise the financial sector and deepen the integration of sustainability across the industry. The Council brings together 19 CEOs and Chairpersons of banks and insurers currently represented on one of the three elected UNEP FI governance bodies. As well as providing vision and strategic direction to UNEP FI, the body is designed to help shape, mainstream and deepen sustainability integration across the industry.


 

Aon plc
Eric Andersen, President
Aon plc

"The leadership council is a great opportunity – across the private and public sectors – to jointly address global challenges. By working together and leveraging data and analytics we can innovate and create more comprehensive solutions to build greater resiliency across businesses and communities—resulting in a positive societal impact across the globe."

BBVA
Carlos Torres Vila, Chairman
BBVA

"The fight against climate change is one of the greatest disruptions humanity has ever faced. A global challenge that requires huge investments and everyone’s involvement. The UNEP FI Leadership Council will provide a platform for the UN and the financial sector to accelerate the transition to a net zero economy."

BNP Paribas
Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Director & CEO
BNP Paribas

“At BNP Paribas, we put sustainable finance at the heart of our business model. We believe banks have a crucial role to play, leveraging our place at the centre of the economy, in order to bring together individuals, businesses and investors to channel resources towards projects which address the major social and environmental challenges facing society.”

Nordea
Frank Vang-Jensen, CEO
Nordea

“It’s an honour to join the UNEP FI Leadership Council. For the financial industry to deliver on its net-zero targets, a key step is to set intermediate targets. At Nordea, we’re committed to reach our mid-term target to reduce carbon emissions from our lending and investment portfolios by 40 to 50 percent by 2030. We encourage our peers to join us in setting similar, tangible targets, so we can see action now and in the future.”

AXA
Thomas Buberl, CEO
AXA

“AXA has been a pioneer in the fight against climate change. Our policy covers all our activities, as an insurer, investor and coalition-builder. AXA was one of the first companies to exclude coal from its investments, has some of the most restrictive exclusions on unconventional oil and gas, set a green investment target of $26 billion by 2023 and chairs the Net Zero Insurance Alliance. The climate emergency requires further strong, collective and continuous action. AXA is determined to play its part to drive the transition of our economies, in line with our purpose: "act for human progress by protecting what matters".”

Piraeus
Christos Megalou, CEO
Piraeus Financial Holdings

“Global challenges, such as climate change, requires global mobilization to intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. Working in partnership with the UN provides a collaborative framework and encourages deeper engagement that can accelerate change both within the financial institutions and the economies they support.”