The Guide to Banking and Sustainability is a high-level, functional overview of what a sustainable bank looks like from inside and to the outside. As such, it is one of the core resources at UNEP FI helping banks to fulfill their obligations under the UNEP FI Statement of Commitment.
Who and what is it meant for?
The Guide is first and foremost a tool for banking practitioners themselves. It is meant as an awareness-raising, integration and outreach tool for:
- Senior management and board members seeking to educate themselves and their employees on banking and sustainability
- Sustainability teams seeking to engage employees across the bank
- Employees seeking to understand the relevance of sustainability issues to their work
- Employees who are engaging with external shareholders and stakeholders on sustainability expectations, risks, inquiries, and other matters.
It will also be a useful tool for a number of stakeholders, including:
- Banking associations seeking to understand and promote sustainability among their membership
- Banking regulators and supervisors interested in understanding and promoting banks’ roles in preserving the banking system’s safety and soundness vis-a-vis environmental and social risk drivers
- Anyone from the policy-making sphere to civil society, to the corporate sector and the general public who is interested in understanding how the worlds of banking and sustainability are connected in practice
The Guide is organized into nine functional chapters, spanning from leadership all the way through to sustainability teams, risk teams and client-facing teams.
Each chapter contains:
- The business case – why embark on a sustainability journey
- Guidance – how to go about it
- Illustrations of current practice taken from UNEP FI members institutions of different types and across the globe
In addition, the Guide contains useful features such as:
- An extensive resources section
- A specialized glossary
- A list of common abbreviations