Past Events

Webinar: Dialogue about EU Taxonomy and its impacts for LAC (Portuguese)

24 September 2020

The objective of this webinar is to have a broad view of the taxonomy of the European Union and to discuss its impacts for banks, investors and the financial system of Latin America in general. How can European taxonomy combat much-talked about greenwashing? How will Latin American banks and managers offering ESG products affect European […]

Webinar: Dialogue about EU Taxonomy and its impacts for LAC (Spanish)

23 September 2020

The objective of this webinar is to have a broad view of the taxonomy of the European Union and to discuss its impacts for banks, investors and the financial system of Latin America in general. How can European taxonomy combat much-talked about greenwashing? How will Latin American banks and managers offering ESG products affect European […]

Webinar: Climate Finance Thought Leadership Series Launch

2 September 2020 | BrightTalk

A proactive response to climate change is not only about disclosing risks, but also about investing in green opportunities that can enable the low emissions societies of the future. Join us to hear from the authors of the first two papers in a series of ‘thought leadership’ pieces that aims to inspire financial actors worldwide […]

Webinar: Biodiversity: What are the Pathways for Priority Sectors?

1 September 2020

During this webinar, the PRI will reveal findings from a report on Investor Action on Biodiversity, and the World Economic Forum will provide insight into research on The Future of Nature and Business. Hear from experts on drivers for impact; transformation pathways; company expectations and how investors can reduce biodiversity risk and increase positive real-world […]

Webinar: Biodiversity and the Financial Sector (in Portuguese)

17 August 2020

The Financial Innovation Laboratory (LAB), the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) will discuss how the financial sector can address biodiversity and natural capital issues.

Webinar on Climate Risks and TCFD: Focus on Middle East and Africa

14-15 July 2020 | Webinar

This 2-part webinar organized by UNEP FI will explore the dynamics of climate risks and opportunities for businesses, including the significance and impact of climate risks with a focus on institutions in Middle East and Africa. Further, it will cover the implementation of climate risk initiatives and programs, with a deep-dive on the Task-Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework.

Workshop on banking and human rights for ASEAN-region banks (By invitation only)

12 June 2020 | Webinar

Join us on a virtual introductory workshop on banking and human rights issues for ASEAN banks. It will include an overview of human rights issues related to businesses in ASEAN and how this relates to banks under both hard and soft laws; how banks in the region are tackling human rights; and a live exercise to develop an ASEAN human rights risk heatmap with the help of experts. The workshop is side event of the UN Virtual Forum on Responsible Business and Human Rights, 9-12 June.

Webinar: Developments in Climate Regulation and Disclosures with SASB

4 June 2020 | Webinar

UNEP FI and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) webinar to discuss the evolving world of climate regulation and TCFD disclosures. SASB will share perspectives on their standards and their relationship to climate risk. UNEP FI will discuss findings from its latest TCFD pilot projects.

Tobacco Free Portfolios’ High-Level Webinar for World No Tobacco Day

27 May 2020 | Webinar

Financial organisations are increasingly focused on Global Health, with COVID-19 and tobacco proving to be an especially dangerous combination.  During the webinar, new Signatories will be welcomed to the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge and the first adopters of the new Pledge Stamp will be showcased. The webinar will feature remarks from a full suite of VIPs from health, finance and UN agencies.

Webinar: Nature-related Financial Risks

21 April 2020 | Webinar

Find out about the latest research findings and resources for financial institutions to assess natural capital risks, and expectations for the sector to address these under global policy frameworks.

Launch: UNEP FI Impact Analysis Tools

2 April 2020 | Online

UNEP FI has launched two hands-on tool prototypes that will enable banks, investors and their service providers to implement a holistic approach to impact.

Webinar: The EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities: Climate Adaptation

31 March 2020 | Webinar

The Technical Expert Group (TEG) published its final report on the EU taxonomy on 9th March 2020. This webinar will present the report’s technical screening criteria for up to 68 adaptation activities, as well as a methodology for implementing the adaptation criteria of the taxonomy. The Commission will also present its timeline for implementation of the taxonomy.

Webinar: Implementing TCFD recommendations in insurance industry investment activities

3 March 2020 | Webinar

This webinar by UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) will focus on investment portfolios and the key findings of two pioneering TCFD pilot projects by UNEP’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), spanning listed equity, corporate debt and real estate. Understanding climate-related physical and transition risks and opportunities in investments is critical, particularly since the global insurance industry, as institutional investors, collectively represents over USD 30 trillion in assets under management. Separately, the PSI is currently carrying out a ground-breaking project to pilot the TCFD recommendations in the context of insurance portfolios.

Webinar: Third Phase of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) – New Working Groups

27 January 2020 | Webinar

The European Commission and UNEP FI have launched calls for expression of interest for several new EEFIG working groups dealing with leading edge issues to scale up energy efficiency investment, in support of the European Green Deal and the EU´s Sustainable Finance Action Plan. During the webinar, the working group leads will present in greater detail on the working mode and main topics to be addressed by each working group, and we will describe the kind of expertise we seek and process for sending in an expression of interest.

Webinar: Consultation on the SIF-IAIS Issues Paper on TCFD Implementation in Insurance

14 January 2020

Supported by UNEP and working with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), the Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF) has pioneered efforts to share knowledge on activities that can strengthen assessment of potential climate risks facing insurance markets and the oversight of such risks through supervisory practices. The SIF-IAIS Issues Paper on TCFD Implementation within the insurance sector assesses the state of play across jurisdictions and provides options for supervisory action.

Webinar: Banking on ESG – How will the banking sector adapt in an era of global volatility

16 September 2019

This unique webinar will dig into the details of how ESG risks and opportunities can have material impacts on bank balance sheets, investor returns and the long-term financial health of the global economy. The discussion will consider key ESG trends in the banking sector from the perspective of reporting banks, investors, and one of the world’s largest investment data analysts.

Webinar: EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy: Implications on Responsible Property Investment

25 July 2019 | Webinar

UNEP FI will launch the GCA’s initial flagship report, which identifies barriers to increased financing for adaptation and presents six clear recommendations for the finance sector, including climate risk management, standards for data and metrics, capacity building, unlocking investment opportunities and delivering adaptation-related policies.

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.

Webinar: Today’s Financial System for Tomorrow’s Climate Resilience

29 May 2019 | Webinar

UNEP FI members from banking, insurance and investment are invited to this presentation of UNEP FI’s paper on adaptation finance by the lead authors, Stacy Swann and Alan Miller of Climate Finance Advisors.
The paper provides recommendations for financial institutions including integration in risk management systems and improved data & metrics.

Webinar: Launch of the UNEP FI Energy Efficiency Finance Platform

28 March 2019 | Webinar

Energy efficiency is one of the most concrete actions financial institutions can take to advance their sustainability performance and tap into the trillions of USD of energy inefficient assets. It is also increasingly on the radar of financial regulators as they consider an adjustment of capital adequacy requirements for certain types of energy efficient financial products. Real estate, which is the largest source of global stored wealth, is strongly affected by energy efficiency. With more than 230 billion USD of new investment every year, energy efficiency is almost as large a market as renewable energy.

Webinar: Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework

28 February 2019 | BrightTALK webinar

UNEP FI has recently published its Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework, part of a suite of resources to address the SDG financing gap and shift financing practices so that environmental, social and economic impacts are fully considered, intended and measured in investment activities. This webinar will provide an overview of the Framework, and include presentations from practitioners using an impact-based approach in their investment strategies and acquisition and management.

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.

Webinar Recording Available: European Commission Technical Expert Group – Call for Feedback on the EU Taxonomy

17 December 2018

The Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance set up by the Commission in July 2018 has launched a call for feedback on EU action to develop a unified EU-wide classification system – or taxonomy – for environmentally sustainable economic activities. This Webinar will provide background and guidance on the consultation process to support stakeholders and experts interested in contributing.

Webinar: From TCFD to SDG Finance – Next Steps in Sustainable Finance

14 November 2018

UNEP FI has pioneered work on Positive Impact finance, and TCFD implementation for investors, banks and insurers. Join this webinar to hear from the leaders at UNEP FI about the next steps in financing the Sustainable Development Goals, TCFD implementation, and how the bigger picture in sustainable finance is evolving.

Webinar: Find out more about the insurance industry’s commitment to protect World Heritage Sites

13 September 2018

Currently, there are nearly 1,100 natural, cultural, and mixed (i.e. natural and cultural) World Heritage Sites across the globe. Natural World Heritage Sites, in particular, provide economic, social and environmental benefits. They provide vital resources such as food, fuel and water; perform environmental services such as stabilising soils, preventing floods, and capturing carbon; and contribute significantly to economies through jobs, tourism, recreation, and exports. Find out what action the insurance industry is taking to protect these valuable sites.

Webinar: Listen to a conversation about “Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs” and learn more about the Positive Impact paper

3-4 September 2018

A conversation about “Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs”, a Position Paper and Call to Action prepared by UNEP FI’s Positive Impact Initiative, now out for consultation. This paper argues that the cost of achieving the SDGs can be significantly reduced and that private sector solutions can be significantly stepped up, via a new approach […]

Webinar: Hear from participants in UNEP FI’s pilot implementing TCFD Recommendations with 16 banks

14 August 2018

This Webinar will discuss the results of a collaboration between sixteen of the world’s leading banks with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and climate risk and adaptation advisory firm Acclimatise. The banks set out to develop and test a widely applicable scenario-based approach for estimating the impact of climate change on their corporate lending portfolios as recommended by the Recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Hear directly from the banks, climate consultants and UNEP FI secretariat involved in this project.

Webinar: Positive Impact – Real Estate Investment Framework

10 July 2018

The UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and collaborators (RICS, PRI, Global Investor Coalition) is developing an impact-based investment framework for real estate to address the SDG financing gap. UNEP FI’s Property Working Group has issued a discussion paper which introduces a positive impact investment framework and requests feedback on the opportunities and challenges in investing […]

Webinar: Learn more about the first guidance to help the banking industry adopt the TCFD Recommendations

15 May 2018 | Webinar

Sixteen banks working in collaboration with UNEP FI, risk and investment management experts, and leading scientists have recently published a jointly developed methodology that will enable banks to be more transparent about their exposure to climate-related risks and opportunities, in line with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Join this webinar to hear more about the methodology for scenario-based assessment of risks and opportunities from the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Webinar “Managing risks on two sides: The unique challenges of integrating ESG for the insurance industry”

30 April 2018 | Webinar

Managing risk on two sides: The unique challenges of integrating ESG for the insurance industry Monday, April 30th, 09:30 EST | 14:30 GMT | 15:30 CET  How ESG factors are influencing risk assessments: climate change, capital modelling and extreme events – How are recent weather-related events, which are being linked to climate change, changing insurance […]

WEBINARS: Responsible Investor Series focusing on European Sustainable Investment Policy

14-28 February 2018 | Webinar

This is a crucial time for EU policy on ESG, and Responsible Investor is presenting a series of three webinars focused on European sustainable investment policy in the context of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) and the stated objectives of EU Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

The series will feature senior figures from the EU, leading market participants and expert analysts, including UNEP FI’s Elodie Feller.

Webinar: EU consultation on investor duties regarding sustainability

8 December 2017 | Webinar

UNEP FI  and the PRI will host a webinar on the European Commission’s public consultation on investor duties (fiduciary duties) and sustainability on Friday, 8 December at 10am GMT/11am CET. The consultation builds on the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance’s interim report, which recommends greater clarification by the EU in this area. […]

Webinar: Finance mechanisms to achieve the SDGs

6 December 2017 | Webinar

Watch the recording of a webinar held on 6 December which addressed the issues of assessing needs, set processes developing innovative financial mechanisms and adapting existing instruments for funding the SDGs. It gathered several influential representatives from the finance community and the corporate sector to discuss the challenges of the financing the SDGs. The webinar was organised by Climate Action and Sustainable Investment Forum Europe and featured UNEP FI’s Careen Abb from the Positive Impact Initiative.

Webinar: Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainable Finance – Indigenous Peoples Rights and Free, Prior and Informed Consent

5 December 2017 | Webinar

  The webinar, organized jointly by Agence française de développement, the Inter-American Development Bank and UNEP Finance Initiative, will take a glimpse into the current landscape of standards and practices related to indigenous peoples’ rights and stakeholder engagement, with a focus on the free, prior and informed consent principle. It will also consider barriers to […]

Webinar: Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainable Finance – Indigenous Peoples Rights and Free, Prior and Informed Consent

5 December 2017 | Webinar

The webinar, organized jointly by Agence française de développement, the Inter-American Development Bank and UNEP Finance Initiative, will take a glimpse into the current landscape of standards and practices related to indigenous peoples’ rights and stakeholder engagement, with a focus on the free, prior and informed consent principle. It will also consider barriers to the principle implementation and solutions to address them. It will be set up as a platform of knowledge exchange between industry representatives and human rights experts working with indigenous groups and on stakeholder engagement in business.

Webinar: How can financial services innovate to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

26 September 2017 | Webinar

From gender parity to inequality and climate action, the SDGs present an opportunity to transform the impact that the financial services industry has on society.  In order to achieve the goals by 2030, an additional $2.5tr is needed annually. Join EY and practitioners from BNP Paribas, Aviva, CDC Impact investors and UNEP FI to explore how financial services can play a key role in plugging the gap.

Webinar: Deployment of Energy Efficient Mortgages in Europe

26 September 2017 | Webinar

The European Union’s Energy Union Framework Strategy includes energy efficiency as one of its five dimensions and states it is to be considered as an energy source in its own right. The ambitious Paris climate agreement also underlines the importance of energy efficiency. To realise its full potential, public funds will not suffice and private financing will have to be unlocked on a large scale. This webinar, organised in partnership with the European Commission, will discuss the use of energy efficient mortgages in Europe.
Register by 22 September 2017.

Webinar: The Next Steps for the Principles for Positive Impact Finance

10 May 2017 | Webinar

Positive Impact Initiative The Positive Impact Initiative is driven by a group of UNEP FI members seeking to establish a new financing paradigm based on a holistic appraisal of impacts to the three pillars of sustainable development. This is seen as the key to the twin challenges of future-proofing business and achieving the Sustainable Development […]