Call for Applications to join Civil Society Advisory Body

As committed to by the signatories to the Principles for Responsible Banking, UNEP FI is now establishing the Civil Society Advisory Body to support and advise signatories in implementing the Principles for Responsible Banking. All eligible organisations are invited to apply for a position on the Body. To do so, please carefully review section 3 of UNEP FI Banking Governance Framework, which details the mandate, composition and expectations of the body and please complete and return the application form to Oualid Rokneddine by latest December 15, 2020.

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What is the Civil Society Advisory Body? 

The Civil Society Advisory Body puts each signatory’s commitment to “proactively and responsibly consult, engage and partner with relevant stakeholders to achieve society’s goals” into practice at the collective level. It is a unique forum for meaningful and constructive engagement between the banking industry and wider civil society. It is a key mechanism to hold the community of Signatory banks accountable and ensure that they deliver on their commitments with ambition and transparency.

What is the role of the Civil Society Advisory Body ? 

Members of this body will contribute to and support the effective implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking by engaging with the Banking Board and the community of Signatory banks, providing inputs in regular progress evaluations and advising on strategy and framework revisions. For example, the Civil Society Advisory Body will:

  • Provide an independent assessment of the collective progress of the Signatory banks in the biennial progress report.
  • Provide inputs in the biennial revision of the Principles for Responsible Banking and their Framework Documents to help maintain the ambition of the Principles and their alignment with evolving societal needs.
  • In regular meetings, engage the community of Signatories on topics that the Body considers as priority.
  • Provide expert support to the implementation working groups.

For the detailed role and responsibilities of the Civil Society Advisory Body, please refer to Section 3.1 of UNEP FI Banking Governance Framework.

What types of organisations will be represented? 

The Civil Society Advisory Body will have 12 members, representing areas of expertise and geography, as well as key banking stakeholders, such as employees and customers. The composition is designed to provide a range of expertise to support the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking:

Civil Society Advisory Body Composition

Category Position 
Geographical representation Position 1: North America

Position 2: Latin America

Position 3: Europe

Position 4: Africa & Middle East

Position 5: Asia-Pacific

Subject-matter expertise

representation

Position 6: Climate

Position 7: Biodiversity & Ecosystems

Position 8: Human Rights & Gender

Position 9: Poverty & Social Issues

Position 10: Transparency & Accountability

Stakeholders representation Position 11: Retail & SME clients

Position 12: Employees

The positions are available for a two-year term spanning from March 2021 to February 2023.

For detailed information on the composition of the Civil Society Advisory Body, please refer to section 3.2 of UNEP FI Banking Governance Framework.

What types of organisations are eligible ?

Membership is on an institutional, not personal basis. However, it is expected that the institution is represented by a nominated individual (and one alternate) to ensure cohesion within the Group. As per the UNEP FI Banking Governance Framework, all aspiring Members of the Body should:

  1. Ideally have previous experience with and institutional expertise regarding banking and specifically responsible banking issues and put forward a representative (and alternate) with a good understanding of banking-related issues.
  2. Be able and willing to commit the necessary resources to fulfil the outlined role and responsibilities and to contribute effectively to the tasks of this Body.
  3. Can read and communicate in English without a requirement for translation services and are able to put forward a representative (and alternate) that can participate effectively in meetings held in English.

In addition:

Members that represent regional perspectives:

  1. Are able represent and provide insights on regional environmental and social challenges and priority issues, as a consequence of the nature of their organisation (e.g., membership organisations) or through relevant processes (e.g., consultation processes, research)
  2. Be able and willing to provide a reasonably balanced view of the sustainable development issues in their region and refrain from promoting particular political views.

Members that represent relevant subject-matter expertise:

  1. Are leading organisations in the respective field and recognized in their community for either their role in tackling the most relevant issues in their field or for their outstanding subject-matter expertise.
  2. Are at least regional, ideally global in scope.
  3. Are able and willing to provide a reasonably balanced and objective view of issues in their field and do not promote particular political or personal views.

Members that represent relevant to banking stakeholder groups:

  1. Can demonstrate that through their governance, membership or other relevant characteristics their organisation is guided by the interest of the respective stakeholder group.
  2. Are at least regional, ideally global in scope.

What is expected from Civil Society Advisory Body Members?

The Civil Society Advisory Body is expected to meet in person once a year and virtually at least once a year with a) the Banking Board, b) the Implementation Leads Group and c) Signatory Banks. The time commitment for Body Members is expected to be 4-6h per month. With regards to the Body’s input, it is expected that:

  • Advice and contributions from Civil Society Advisory Body members are provided verbally during the meetings or via email exchange and are not public.
  • The Civil Society Advisory Body provides formal, written, independent input to the biennial Collective Progress Review.
  • The Civil Society Advisory Body ensure its inputs are constructive, informative and oriented towards supporting the effective implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking.

For detailed information on the meetings and the nature of inputs, please refer to section 3.3 of UNEP FI Banking Governance Framework.

How can my organisation apply for the Civil Society Advisory Body?

All eligible organisations are invited to apply for a position on Body. To apply, please complete and return the application form to Oualid Rokneddine (oualid.rokneddine@un.org) by latest December 15, 2020.

Why become a member of the Civil Society Advisory Body?

With over 190 Signatories, the Principles are now being implemented by over 40% of the global Banking sector, leading the way towards a future in which the banking community makes the kind of positive contribution to people and the planet that society expects. The Civil Society Advisory Body is a unique opportunity for member organisations to engage the collective of Signatories Banks and steer the conversation around responsible banking. The Body will be a powerful mechanism for maintaining the honesty and transparency of the Principles. The group will be part of how the signatory banks are held to account on their performance against expectations for implementation of the Principles.

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