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 11 Working Groups across six priority areas, signatories learn from and advance with their peers:
Working Group on Communication & Knowledge Sharing
This group develops tools to support signatory banks to communicate about the Principles. It will lead on coordinated communication efforts, and support the work to raise the profile of the Principles.
Impact Analysis Working Groups
These groups are a forum for peer-to-peer exchange on experiences of undertaking impact analysis, with a view to extending its effective use among signatories. They will also be where discussions about improvements to the tool and guidance are held.
Target Setting Working Groups
These working groups are developed in response to need around specific areas of impact, for example in relation to the implementation of the Collective Commitment to Climate Action.
Reporting and Assurance Working Groups
This working group is responsible for developing guidance on reporting for signatory banks as well as guidance for assurers on how to engage with the Principles.
Engaging with Clients & Peer Learning Working Groups
This working group will be responsible for improving and growing peer-to-peer learning and support across the signatory banks. It will also be a space for engaging in industry-wide dialogues with significant client groups with a view to achieving systemic progress towards more sustainable practices.
Working Group on Progress Monitoring and Evaluation
This group is responsible for defining what collective success of the Principles looks like, and how progress towards this can be assessed.
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.
In October 2019, the Principles team hosted a webinar on the Guidance Document aimed at supporting signatories to navigate implementation of the Principles.