Past Events

Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Workshop

20 November 2019 | Paris, France

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the European Commission are organising a Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Workshop alongside the Sustainable Ocean Summit. Participants will explore what is required for the finance sector to accelerate uptake of finance-related policies, practices, financial instruments, opportunities and initiatives to contribute to a sustainable blue economy.

Webinar: Investors and the Blue Economy

8 July 2019 | Webinar

Join this Responsible Investor webinar to find out how investors are assessing ocean risks like acidification, biodiversity loss, and plastics pollution, and how leaders plan to align their portfolios with principles for a sustainable blue economy.

Join a breakfast briefing in London to find out more about the new natural capital risk assessment guide

29 April 2019 | London, UK

Human activities are causing accelerating environmental change, notably in the form of climate change, pollution, and habitat loss. These changes are increasingly disrupting businesses’ operations and bottom line, with real implications for financial institutions’ portfolios. Join us for a breakfast briefing in London to discover why natural capital risk is a material concern for financial institutions as we launch our natural capital risk assessment guide developed under the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, in collaboration with PwC.

Webinar: Launch of natural capital risk tool and framework for financial institutions

21 February 2019 | Webinar

The Natural Capital Finance Alliance, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the MAVA Foundation, has come up with tools and insights to help practitioners identify material natural capital risks and opportunities within their portfolios and integrate these considerations into financial decision making. The webinar will provide an overview of the recently launched ENCORE tool (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure). It also marks the official online launch of the NCFA’s latest report produced by PwC, which applies the ENCORE tool to develop a natural capital assessment framework for enhanced portfolio risk management in banks.

New Guide to Empower Banks To Assess Natural Capital Risk Launching in South Africa

29 January 2019 | Johannesburg

Johannesburg will see the African launch of the world’s first step-by-step guide to help banks conduct a rapid natural capital risk assessment by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA).  The guide is produced in collaboration with global audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The guide has already been piloted by five banks, including FirstRand Group and the Development Bank of Southern Africa and promotes the use of the […]

Making Financial Institutions more Resilient to Environmental Risks: Launch of Drought Stress Testing Tool

5 April 2017 | London, UK

In a pilot project on Environmental Stress Testing, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA), have developed an analytical framework and tool that allows banks to quantify and assess the potential impact of drought events on the performance of their corporate loan portfolio. The project has been funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The tool will be launched at a series of events: 7th March in Mexico City, 10th March in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14th March in Beijing, China, 17th March in New York, USA and 5th April in London, UK.

Old Events

Webinar: “Engaging on ecosystem services in the mining and energy sectors”

Webinar | 29 November 2010, 4:00-5:00 PM GMT The Natural Value Initiative’s Ecosystem Services Benchmark – evaluating impacts and dependence on ecosystem services The Natural Value Initiative aims to raise awareness within the private sector on the risks associated with corporate impacts and dependence on ecosystem services, and catalyse action to address them. It has […]


UNEP FI – PRI webinar: Pavan Sukhdev on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business – Implications for Financial Institutions – 19 July

, UNEP FI – PRI webinar: Pavan Sukhdev on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business – Implications for Financial Institutions ,, Presentations TEEB Webinar Minutes (PDF: 185 KB) TEEB for Business (PDF: 587 KB)Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP, Study Leader, TEEB TEEB: an investor perspective (PDF: 361 KB)Sagarika Chatterjee, Governance & Sustainable Investment, F&C […]

UNEP FI – PRI webinar: Deforestation risks & the Forest Footprint Disclosure project

22 June 2010 | 5pm-6pm CET This joint UNEP FI PRI webinar aims to raise awareness to investors and bankers about the risks from deforestation due to cattle ranching, soy plantations and other forest risk commodities. On 22 June 5pm-6pm CET, hear first hand from the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD), Weyerhauser, Strategic Environmental Consulting and […]

Valuing Natural Capital: Overcoming barriers to market valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the private sector

6 October 2008 | Barcelona, Spain Panel discussion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress Financial institutions are increasingly engaging on environmental issues. However, at an initial scoping meeting of UNEP FI’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services workstream, a number of barriers to the serious engagement of the finance world – and therefore companies more generally – […]

Bringing the Universal Owner Rationale to Life – All you Need is Water.

08 September 2008 | London, UK The key deliverable of the project will be a report providing an overview of both the universal ownership hypothesis – including a description of its origins and how it has been applied in the past – and an overview of the global water problem and the extent to which […]

Becoming Bankable – Experiences and Challenges in Market-Based Finance in the Water Sector

20 August 2008 | World Water Week Side Event | Stockholm, Sweden In collaboration with Concretely, this event will brought together water service providers and project developers with water financiers (from both small-scale water funds, project finance and capital market institutions) to discuss progress in accessing market-based finance for sustainable water solutions. The session shared […]

Integrating Biodiversity into Investment Decisions

29 May 2008 | Bonn, Germany UNEP Finance Initiative and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) co-hosted a side event at the 9th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The event addressed the issue of integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) into financial decision-making and convened a panel of experts […]

Second Workshop on the Natural Value Initiative

3 September 2007 | Sao Paulo, Brazil Following on from a similar workshop held in London in August 2007, UNEP FI in collaboration with Flora & Fauna International and Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), joint partners in the Natural Value Initiative (NVI), held a workshop in Sao Paulo to share examples of best practice management of […]

Founders’ Business Seminar at World Water Week 2007

World Water Week 2007, 14 August | Stockholm, Sweden This year’s Founders’ Seminar, co-convened by the Stockholm Water Foundation, SIWI, ITT Corporation, UNEP FI, the WBCSD and Siemens, focused on how to make sustainable water use everybody’s business, linking the financial sector, business and other stakeholders in the water sector. It discussed and explored issues […]