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The Principles for Responsible Banking define today’s sustainable banking industry — supporting banks to meet customer needs, and to leverage emerging business opportunities. In so doing, banks that are signatories of these important principles will be well positioned to remain competitive today and into the future, while also playing a role in achieving the global goals that society has set for the world.

The Principles for Responsible Banking were launched for public consultation at the UNEP FI Global Roundtable in Paris on 26 November 2018. This consultation period concluded on 31 May, with the implementation of the principles set to launch on 22 September 2019, by which date 100 banks are expected to officially be Signatories. The comments/responses from the consultation process are available here.

The tools and resources provided in this Media Centre are designed to assist journalists in reporting on the issues of sustainable banking, the Principles for Responsible Banking and related topics.

For additional information, or to organize an interview with a leading expert or banking industry representative, please contact:

Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell
Communications and Campaign Manager
UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Banking


Principles for Responsible Banking Official Implementation Documents:

Principles for Responsible Banking Information Documents:

A knowledge and guidance document to support banks in their implementation of the Principles and point to relevant resources, tools, frameworks and good practices will be published in September 2019.



Launch of the draft Principles for Responsible Banking | 26 November 2018:

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Informational Events

Founding banks, UNEP FI and our partners regularly hold informational events where you can hear in-person about the Principles for Responsible Banking. The latest event calendar is available here.

Quotes from CEOs and industry thought leaders

CEOs of the Founding Banks that have shaped the Principles for Responsible Banking, in addition to such thought leaders as Christiana Figueres, Convenor of Mission 2020, and Priya Mathur, CalPERS Board President, have made statements in support of the Principles.

“The PRI (Principles for Responsible Investing) have helped drive the integration of environmental, social and governance considerations into investor decision-making. It is now time for the banking sector to step up in both assessing the risks they are exposed to, and the impacts of their financing activities in realising the Sustainable Development Goals”.

~ Martin Skancke, Association Board director Chair of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

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