19 June 2020

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance: Statement on the EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive consultation

The UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA), representing $4.75 trillion in assets and many of Europe’s largest pension funds and insurance companies, warmly welcomes the review of the EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). AOA members have publicly committed at the CEO level to transitioning their investment portfolios to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.…

18 June 2020

Denmark’s Danica Pension joins UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Danica Pension becomes the 26th member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA), committing to transitioning its investment portfolio of $68 billion assets under management (AUM) to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. CEO Ole Krogh Petersen said: “As a pension company, our more than DKK 400 billion ($60 billion) assets under management can…

4 June 2020

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance adds Denmark’s MP Pension

The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA) has more than doubled its membership since its September 2019 launch to 25, with Denmark’s MP Pension announcing its membership today, World Environment Day. MP Pension, with assets under management (AUM) of $18.7 billion, brings the AOA’s total AUM to nearly $4.7 trillion. Jens Munch Holst, CEO at…

3 June 2020

BLOG: After the Pandemic, what are the Opportunities and Challenges for the Circular Economy?

There is growing momentum to ensure the recovery from the global pandemic shifts the economy to a more sustainable model and enables the transition to a circular economy post-2020. In their blog, Jan Raes, a circular economy finance expert who drafted our study Demystifying Circular Economy Finance, supported by Aliyorbek Muminov in UNEP FI’s Secretariat,…

27 May 2020

France’s SCOR joins UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Paris-based Tier 1 reinsurer SCOR announced today (27 May 2020) it had joined the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, bringing membership to 24 with combined assets under management (AUM) of over $4.6 trillion. Launched in September 2019 during the UN Climate Action Summit, the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA) is an international initiative bringing together…

11 May 2020

PODCAST EPISODE features UNEP FI’s Legal Framework for Impact project – the Next Frontier in Responsible Investment

11 May 2020 In collaboration with The Generation Foundation and the Principles for Responsible Investment, UNEP FI recently launched the project A Legal Framework for Impact, which aims to make the consideration of sustainability impact in investor decision making a core part of investment activity within the decade. This next frontier in responsible investing is…

11 May 2020

Denmark’s PFA Pension joins the UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

11th May 2020 – Danish pension fund PFA has become the 23rd member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, bringing the total assets under management (AUM) to over US$ 4.6 trillion. By joining the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, an initiative co-convened by PRI and UNEP FI, PFA has committed to transitioning its investment portfolio to net-zero…

6 May 2020

Property sector perspectives on ESG, COVID‑19, and managing crises

The UNEP FI Property Working Group (PWG) convened virtually for two discussion forums to share information on how institutions are managing the public health and economic crisis from COVID-19, and thoughts on how institutions need to plan and operate for a post-crisis recovery. There is strong consensus that institutions with deeply ingrained approaches to integrating…

2 April 2020

UNEP FI launches new holistic impact analysis tools for the finance sector

2 April 2020 – UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s (UNEP FI) Positive Impact Initiative (PII) has launched two new tools for corporates, banks and investors to work together and step up their capacity to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With millions of people affected in their daily lives across the globe by the…

9 March 2020

KENFO is the first sovereign wealth fund to join UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

9th March 2020 – German sovereign wealth fund KENFO has become the 21st member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, bringing the total assets under management (AUM) to approximately US $ 4.6 trillion. By joining the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, KENFO has committed to transitioning its investment portfolio to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by…

5 March 2020

ERAFP joins UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

5th March 2020 – French civil servant pensions fund ERAFP (Établissement de retraite additionnelle de la fonction publique) has become the 20th asset owner to join the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, bringing the Alliance’s total assets under management (AUM) to over US$ 4.5 trillion. By joining the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, an initiative co-convened…

22 January 2020

Generali and Church of England investment bodies join UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

$4.3 trillion AUM Alliance using collective voice at Davos to highlight need for urgent climate action to world’s corporate and political leaders 22 January 2019 – Four months after 12 of the world’s largest pension funds and insurers committed to decarbonize their investments by 2050, the United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance has added the…

27 November 2019

Groundbreaking work to assess real-world sustainability impact for investors: A Legal Framework for Impact

On 27 November 2019, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and The Generation Foundation announced the launch of pioneering research with global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’) to analyse whether and how legal frameworks allow for – and incentivise – investors to consider sustainability impact…

18 October 2019

Taking stock of energy efficiency finance and investment by the G20: new report from UNEP FI and IPEEC presents leading practice

Building on the outcomes of the G20 Global Summit on Financing Energy Efficiency, Innovation and Clean Technology which was held in Tokyo on June 12 2019, the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (G20 EEFTG) has collated leading practices by financial institutions and participating member countries in scaling up the energy efficiency investment market to…