5 May 2022

Dates for the UNEP FI Global Roundtable 2022 announced

UNEP FI’s 17th Global Roundtable (GRT), a major global agenda-setting event on sustainable finance, will take place virtually on 10-14 October 2022. Held under the theme of “Transforming Finance, Accelerating Change”, this online event will bring together decision-makers, experts and thought leaders on a virtual event platform to help shape approaches to integrating sustainability across…

26 April 2022

How keen and ready is business for nature-related financial disclosure?

A new report, released today sets out to provide answers. It investigates how far businesses are interested in and ready for nature-related financial disclosures, and gathers insights from company leaders to help guide and refine the development of disclosure frameworks, including the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

7 April 2022

In the same boat: ocean finance, inclusivity and social equity

Ocean-linked sectors such as fishing, shipping and marine tourism are among the major arteries of the global economy, providing food, goods, and livelihoods to billions of people worldwide. Due to declining ocean health, climate change and its accompanying social impacts, this ‘blue’ economy is at risk of faltering if it is not rapidly transitioned towards…

6 April 2022

UNEP FI and Finance for Biodiversity Foundation begin collaboration on biodiversity portfolio targets

Following deliberations on finance and biodiversity at the recent global biodiversity conference in Geneva, two major organizations strengthen their cooperation to accelerate positive action for nature from the world’s private financial sector. UNEP FI and the Finance for Biodiversity Foundation today announce their intention to build synergies, to support banks and other private financial institutions…

1 April 2022

The Global Biodiversity Framework: why aligning financial flows is key

2022 will be a crucial year for the world to come together to tackle biodiversity loss. After two years of unfortunate delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, COP15 is expected to conclude in China in the second half of the year. This session aims to seek agreement worldwide to accelerate action needed to safeguard nature…

16 March 2022

ESG Explainer: The Blue Economy (ESG Investor)

With the global economy heavily reliant on ocean health, a sustainable future is paramount. This article gives an overview of the scale of the problem, and highlights how Financial institutions can take action to transition sectors such as shipping and seafood transition to sustainable practices.  It gives an overview of available innovations, guidance, principles for financial institutons to ensure that investment, underwriting and lending activities are aligned to a positive future for the marine environment.

15 March 2022

TNFD releases first beta version of framework for market consultation

The Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) today released its beta framework – the first integrated approach to incorporating nature-related risk and opportunity analysis into the heart of corporate and financial decision making. The release marks the start of an 18-month process of consultation and development together with a broad range of market players and…

3 March 2022

Diving deep: new guidance on finance, ocean pollution, plastics and coastal resilience

New guidance launched today by UNEP FI provides banks, insurers, and investors with a science-based, actionable toolkit to align their decision-making with a healthy ocean and accelerate the sustainable transformation of critical marine sectors. Launched at The Economist World Ocean Summit, the guidance focuses on the problem of solid waste pollution—including plastics—and coastal infrastructure projects.…

28 February 2022

Testing the TNFD: Learnings from soy supply chains

A new report from UNEP FI and Global Canopy identifies key challenges that corporates and financial institutions face in assessing, managing and reporting on their nature-related risks. The report’s recommendations are intended to inform the forthcoming global framework for nature-related risk management and disclosures currently being developed by the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).…

14 December 2021

8 examples of best practice to sustainably finance the coastal and marine tourism sector

The blue (ocean) economy offers many opportunities for private finance to lend and invest in a sustainable and nature-positive way. Here we look at some of the leading examples of best practice in social and environmental sustainability across the coastal and marine tourism sector which banks, insurers and investors can seek out. 

9 December 2021

The time to unlock financing for biodiversity protection is now

Read Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP’s speech on the global biodiversity funding gap, and why negotiators finalizing the Global Biodiversity Framework can help to unlock private and public finance at a massive scale by setting the enabling environment for alignment of finance to nature. Includes what the climate space has taught us about using alignment to shift finance and the need to focus on action in food systems which will be particularly critical.

8 November 2021

Leading banking institutions launch the Banking for Impact on Climate in Agriculture (B4ICA)

The agriculture and land use sectors represent one quarter of global GHG emissions and banks financing companies and farmers along value chain experiencing data gaps and complexity on the calculation, tracking and target setting of emissions and decarbonization pathways for the agriculture sector .

Banks now have a place to to address agriculture’s data gaps and complexity for the finance sector to engage into food and agriculture issues.

4 November 2021

5 examples of best practice to sustainably finance the marine renewable energy sector

COP26 today focuses on accelerating the global transition to clean energy. The blue (ocean) economy offers many opportunities for private finance to lend and invest in a sustainable and nature-positive way. Here we look at some of the leading examples of best practice in social and environmental sustainability across the marine renewable energy sector which…

27 October 2021

Are you ready for the TNFD framework?

To read Part I of this article, please click here. How to get involved with the TNFD development? There are various ways to get involved in the TNFD development and to engage as banks, insurers and investors. Join the TNFD Forum Organisations who share the vision and mission of the TNFD, and are willing to…

22 October 2021

Are you ready for the TNFD framework?

On 6 October the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) held its first Plenary meeting, bringing together the TNFD Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and David Craig, former CEO of Refinitiv and Group Leader of Data & Analytics Division at London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG),…

21 October 2021

Towards a TNFD framework: testing nature-related risk reporting in the consumer staples sector

To support the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) with developing a robust framework for nature-related risks, Global Canopy and UNEP FI are testing TNFD core concepts and an exploratory disclosure framework with organisations operating or investing in soy supply chains Companies and financial institutions are increasingly aware that they may be exposed to nature-related…

15 October 2021

8 examples of best practice to sustainably finance the seafood sector

Sustainable Seafood can be one piece of the puzzle in ensuring food security in a low-carbon future. Global leaders are meeting at the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Summit this week discussing innovations in the space. The blue (ocean) economy offers many opportunities for private finance to lend and invest in a sustainable and nature-positive way. Here we…