Seventy eight banks from 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean recently took part in the first region-wide survey on how the banks are incorporating climate change into their risk management. The study sample represents 54% of the total assets of the Latin America and Caribbean market. It showcases the level of knowledge, […]
UNEP FI’s fourth Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance in 2019 for the Latin America and Caribbean region took place last week, with more than 330 delegates from 16 countries in attendance. The two-day event, held in São Paulo on 14-15 October, was co-organised with the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN), and featured a mix of […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
At the UK Green Finance Summit in São Paolo on April 26th, Marcelo Seraphim, UNEP FI/PRI Senior Policy Consultant, stressed the importance of a broad adoption of stewardship codes by the Brazilian financial market. This is in line with the recommendations set out in the report Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century and with the […]
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.
Chile’s Leading Congress in New Energies (CIREC) will be hosting its 6th edition of CIREC Week in Santiago from 10 to 12 April 2018. Over the past seven years the event has grown and evolved along with Chile’s renewable energy sector.
We are pleased to announce the joining of two new banks to the Initiative.
Banco Hipotecario and Banco de Fomento Agropecuaria held events during January of this year to mark their commitment to sustainable finance.
The 3rd Latin American Conference on Responsible Investments (IRlatam2017) will take place on November 21st from 8:30 am to 13:00 at Centro Parque, Santiago de Chile. On behalf of UNEP FI, Carolina López will present on “Positive impact financing: A new business and financing paradigm for sustainable development”.
June 28th, 2017
UNEP FI wishes to extend a warm welcome to ASOBANCA, the Association of Private Ecuadorian Banks (Asociación de Bancos Privados del Ecuador) as the newest supporting institution in the Latin America and Caribbean region. As a member of FELABAN (Latin American Federation of Banks), ASOBANCA has been working to strengthen the Ecuadorian Banking System, represent its interests, provide specialized services and strategic reports, and contribute to the country’s development.
During the last week of April, UN Environment in collaboration with Climate Focus and Forest Trends held a workshop in Bogota, Colombia on business and financing models for more sustainable commodity production.
UNEP FI welcomes FEBRABAN, the Brazilian Federation of Banks as the newest supporting institution in the Latin America and Caribbean region. FEBRABAN represents 122 banks which accounts for 93% of shareholder’s equity and 97% of the total assets of the national banking system in Brazil. The Federation represents one of the most advanced banking sectors […]
UN Environment’s Latin America and Caribbean Office wishes to extend a warm welcome to the Association of Argentine Banks (Asociación de Bancos Argentinos) (ADEBA) – who become the latest Supporting Institution to the UN Environment Finance Initiative, and the second Latin American banking association to join. ADEBA’s mission is to promote the development of banking […]
February 23, 2017 Recent environmental and corporate governance failures in Brazil and their economic impact have focused the attention of investors, regulators and policymakers more closely on corporate governance issues and the need for greater transparency in financial markets. In response to these concerns, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), UNEP FI and The Generation […]
On February 15, 2017 the Argentine Ministry of Treasury met with the UN Environment Mission in Buenos Aires to discuss sustainability, finance, and the launching of a strategic roadmap ahead of the country’s G20 troika with China and Germany. The UN Environment report, “The Financial System We Need: From Momentum to Transformation”, was launched last […]
UN Environment’s Latin America and Caribbean Division is proud to announce that the Association of Mexican Banks (ABM) has joined the UN Environment Finance Initiative as a Supporting Institution – the first Latin American banking association to do so. Recently, ABM has played an exemplary role in leading and encouraging its members to engage on sustainability issues, as well as placing sustainable finance on the stakeholder agenda. The Association will act as a leader of sustainability practices in the banking sector in Mexico and will be an example to the region as a whole. It comprises some 50 institutions with whom it works towards developing and strengthening the Mexican banking sector. It also represents the interests of institutions that are looking to advance technically specialized services, information, and leadership exchanges.
On October 11th, UNEP FI, UN-REDD Programme and INCAE met with the National Council of Financial System Supervision (CONASSIF) of Costa Rica to discuss about Sustainable Finance. CONASSIF manages the General Superintendence of Financial Institutions (SUGEF), the Superintendence of Securities (SUGEVAL), the Superintendence of Insurance (SUGESE) and the Superintendence of Pensions (SUPEN). The President of […]
Argentina and Chile expressed interest in knowing how to adopt and promote sustainable finance. Interest in the topic arises in a mission undertaken at the end of July by the UNEP New York Office Director, Elliott Harris and the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Leo Heileman, who exchanged ideas on promoting sustainable […]