The Principles bring together those banks committed to taking bold steps to ensure they are making a positive contribution to society and the environment. Collectively they are blazing a trail for others to follow. Supported by UNEP FI, signatories jointly develop tools and guidance, including the Guidance Document, and share ideas and best practice as it emerges.

The Principles break new ground and implementing them is new territory for everyone involved. By working collaboratively with leading peers on the same journey, signatory banks jointly deliver tools, methodologies and practical guidance far beyond what any bank could achieve on its own. In the 2021 working groups, signatories will learn from and advance with their peers.

Impact Analysis Working Groups

Portfolio Impact Analysis Tool: Signatories will further develop the Portfolio Impact Analysis Tool for a V2 release in April 2021. This working group includes developing the Investment Banking component of the Tool, as well as exploring a new impact analysis tool specific to real estate investment, as well as consider the impact management & disclosure ‘system of standards’ website.

Peer Exchange: This working group provides a platform for banks to share and learn about approaches to impact analysis being used by peer banks. Learn about and engage in the development of the methodology for impact measurement.

Target Setting working groups

Biodiversity: this working group is publishing guidance in June 2021 on indicators, metrics, methodologies to help banks set biodiversity targets across activities. The guidance will be designed for Signatories to position themselves to achieve biodiversity targets in line with international frameworks and the Principles for Responsible Banking.

Financial inclusion: this working group is publishing guidance in May 2021, designed to support signatories to set targets for financial inclusion and financial health in alignment with the Principles for Responsible Banking.

Resource Efficiency: Launching in April 2021, this working group is developing guidance on indicators, metrics and methodologies for target setting on resource efficiency. Signatories can contact us to join the working group by April 16 2021.

Reporting & Assurance Working Groups:

Reporting: This Working Group has published the Guidance on Reporting in March 2021, designed to help signatory banks on their PRB reporting requirements. This includes a chapter on impact analysis. This working group is now paused until Q3 2021.

Assurance Providers: This Working Group will publish Guidance for assurance providers in May 2021. This will assist assurance providers with undertaking limited assurance on PRB reporting and harmonize the assurance approach and procedures for signatory banks, thus fostering transparency and robustness in signatory disclosures.

Collective Commitments

Collective Commitment to Climate Action: This leadership group of 38 banks from all six continents is fast-tracking the commitment all Principles for Responsible Banking signatories have made to align their business strategy with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate. In 2021, this group is developing a standard for setting climate action targets, designed for all 200+ Signatories, and helping a wider set of peers to strategically accelerate the climate agenda. 

Further Collective Commitments: In 2021, we will be working on a second collective commitment. The impact area will be determined via a survey to member banks.

Individual feedback and support

All signatory banks have access to an individual feedback and support provided by UNEP FI. This takes a look across their business and makes recommendations on steps the banks can take to further progress their implementation of the Principles.

An annual Feedback and Support Meeting will provide substantial additional value to member banks through:

  • individualized, substantive and actionable feedback and advice,
  • progress assessment and benchmarking against practices of relevant peers,
  • guidance for banks experiencing challenges in delivering on their commitments and reassurance for banks that are on track,
  • Targeted Peer Learning: connecting your bank with those peers whose practices and realities are most relevant for your next steps,
  • advice regarding which collective initiatives and Working Groups your bank would benefit from most.

Portfolio impact analysis tool & guidance

Signatory banks must undertake an impact analysis. This should identify opportunities for changes to create the greatest positive and least negative impacts.

The portfolio impact analysis tool has been designed to guide banks through a holistic analysis of their retail (consumer and business banking) and wholesale (corporate and investment banking) portfolios.

It was developed by more than 40 Signatories and UNEP FI Member Banks, under the leadership of the UNEP FI Positive Impact Initiative.

The Guidance Document on Impact Analysis brings together more detailed information about how to undertake the Impact Analysis. Over time, it will incorporate best practice, case studies and learning from signatory banks.

Banks are encouraged to join one of the Impact Analysis Working Groups to benefit from peer learning and collaborative development of tools and methodologies for impact analysis.

Tools for signatories

Signatory banks are able to access additional tools and resources for implementation.

The Communications Toolkit is designed to assist signatories with communicating and promoting the Principles for Responsible Banking. It includes infographics, social media cards, graphics, and other materials.

NEW: Access our Peer Learning Repository here, where your peers share their approaches to implementing the Principles for Responsible Banking.

You can also watch the replay of the webinar on the Guidance Document aimed at supporting signatories to navigate implementation of the Principles.