EU policy makers achieve political agreement on investor disclosures and ESG

7 March 2019

The EU has taken an important step forward on advancing sustainable finance. On Thursday 7 March 2019, the EU Parliament and Council achieved political agreement on requiring ESG integration by financial market participants. Clarifying the fiduciary duties of investors has been a priority for UNEP FI for many years. These rules are an essential part […]

At UNEP FI’s GRT 2018 Day 2: Euronext opens markets in Paris with a call for urgent action for sustainable finance

27 November 2018

Euronext Bell Ringing Euronext opened financial markets in Paris on 27 November 2018 at Palais Brongniart in support of the Climate Finance Week in Paris dedicated to delivering a sustainable financial system with the UNEP FI Global Roundtable and the 4th Climate Finance Day. The event included participation from Eric Forest, Head of Listing France for Euronext, Philippe […]

France Roadmap Aims to Strengthen French Leadership in Responsible Investment

26 November 2018

Fiduciary duty in the 21st Century: Launch of the France Roadmap 26 November 2018 The France Roadmap – the latest in a series of market analyses from the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century programme – was launched today at UNEP FI’s 2018 Global Roundtable in Paris, France. The roadmap, which sets out recommendations for […]

UNEP FI Peer-to-Peer Exchange opens up new ways for members to interact

11 October 2018

The first in-person exchange, including banks from all over Latin America held in Sao Paulo on 1 and 2 October  proved to be a great success. The two days gave visiting and host banks an opportunity to share and gain knowledge on different topics related to sustainable banking. The participants included hosts FEBRABAN, Santander Brasil, […]

UNEP FI’s Expanding Network in Latin America & the Caribbean

3 September 2018

Our network keeps expanding, as three banks and one supporting institution join UNEP FI (English) During the month of August, we welcomed three banks and one supporting institution as new members of UNEP FI in Latin America and the Caribbean. BNF (Banco Nacional de Fomento), BANESCO, Multibank and the institution CECODES (Consejo Empresarial Colombia para […]

Insurance & Climate Risk Americas: The insurers role in avoiding the next big source of systematic risk in the financial system

24 September 2018 | 10 on the Park, New York

This one-day conference brings together the investment, risk, actuarial and underwriting teams to discuss and learn what roles they can play in response to the multidimensional effect of climate risk to their businesses as well as the opportunities it may bring. UNEP FI’s Butch Bacani, Programme Leader of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance, will deliver a keynote presentation on climate change action and sustainable development in the context of the insurance industry, financial regulation and global policy frameworks. Discount available for UNEP FI members.

Finance sector commits to working together to develop Sustainable Finance Roadmaps for Australia & New Zealand

24 July 2018

Finance sector commits to working together to develop Sustainable Finance Roadmaps for Australia & New Zealand Finance sector organisations – including banking, insurance and investment industries, representing over 300 institutions with $10 trillion in assets – have today released a joint statement in support of a sustainable financial system for Australia and New Zealand.

UNEP FI Appointed Observer to European Commission Technical Expert Group

23 July 2018

As part of implementing its first legislative package on sustainable finance, the European Commission has recently announced a Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance and has appointed UNEP FI as an observer to the Group. The main tasks of the TEG will be to assist the Commission in the development of: an EU taxonomy […]

Brazilian monetary authority approves new ESG requirements in the investment rules of occupational pension funds

10 July 2018

On May 25th 2018, the Brazilian National Monetary Council (CMN) published Resolution CMN 4.661/2018, which revised the norm that governs occupational pension funds’ investments. The new norm requires pension funds’ asset managers to consider environment, social and governance (ESG) risks as part of their investment decision making process. This regulatory improvement was one of the […]

Launch of the France Roadmap for Sustainable Finance / Lancement de la Feuille de Route Française de la Finance Durable

4 July 2018

4 July 2018 (French below) The Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century programme – launched in 2016 by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Generation Foundation – will collaborate with Finance for Tomorrow to publish a “roadmap for sustainable finance in France”. The Fiduciary […]

Ireland is the 10th Country in the World to Publish Recommendations for Responsible Investing

29 June 2018

‘Ireland’s Fiduciary Duty Roadmap’ report provides clear recommendations on policy and market changes required to achieve full ESG integration into core areas of investment practices. These guidelines were published in advance of new EU Directive for pension funds. In June 2018, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and […]

Arab African International Bank (AAIB) in Egypt joins UNEP FI

20 June 2018

The AAIB joined UNEP FI in April this year becoming the second member from Egypt to join our global sustainable finance network. For many years, the bank has been active in embedding sustainability practices in their business and in the industry. Hassan Abdalla, CEO of AAIB said in a statement that “The UNEP FI is bound […]

Blog: A path to sustainable cocoa and forest restoration in Côte d’Ivoire

18 June 2018

    Part of UNEP FI’s work in ecosystems management includes creating investable models for investors, as well as providing knowledge, and imparting insight for private finance to contribute to sustainable land use projects. Côte d’Ivoire has the fastest rate of deforestation in the world, much of which is caused by the cultivation of cocoa, a commodity that is a big contributor to the economy. Thomas Yapo, UNEP FI’s Economics and Finance Consultant for Africa writes about […]

Europe moves to put its sustainable finance strategy into law

4 June 2018

On May 24th the European Commission released its first legislative package under its Action Plan for Sustainable Finance, including proposals on a sustainable taxonomy and investor duties. The Commission aims to make the financial sector a powerful actor in fighting climate change and meeting the sustainable development goals by further aligning the industry with the […]

Entrevista: Tomás Conde de BBVA España habla sobre los beneficios de haber tomado la capacitación de ARAS

30 April 2018

(Español) (English text below)   El internacionalmente reconocido Programa de Capacitación de Análisis de Riesgos Ambientales y Sociales (ARAS) fue desarrollado en 2005 por ONU Ambiente Iniciativa Financiera (UNEP FI, por sus siglas en inglés), INCAE Business School / Proyecto Ecobanking y la Agencia de Cooperación Alemana GIZ. Desde entonces, cursos virtuales y talleres presenciales […]

Blog: UNEP FI’s Margarita Pirovska discusses Investor duties and ESG integration in China

30 April 2018

  Aligning investor duties with long-term sustainability goals is a prerequisite for balanced, inclusive and green economic development. This conclusion of the report on Investor Duties and ESG integration in China, co-authored by the PRI, UNEP FI, The Generation Foundation and the International Institute of Green Finance of Beijing, also marks the beginning of a new […]

Chilean Chapter of the “Council of Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL)”

17 April 2018 | Santiago de Chile

The first meeting of the Chilean Chapter of the Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL for its acronym in English) took place in Santiago de Chile recently where, through working groups, a “roadmap” was generated for the coming years in terms of gender equity in energy and environment. Carolina López from UNEP FI participated.