Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs: A Position Paper and Call to Action

In Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs, we explore new ways to significantly decrease the cost of achieving the SDGs and stimulate business and financing solutions at scale. Social, economic and environmental impacts have an as-yet under explored potential to generate financial revenues: impact-based business models can be developed, with the delivery of positive impacts […]

The Impact Radar

The Impact Radar aims to offer a credible and comprehensive set of impact categories that can be integrated with the tools developed to deliver PI finance and contribute to a common frame for the assessment of PI products in the industry. The radar captures the core elements of the SDGs in a way that is […]

Model Framework for Financial Products for Corporates with unspecified use of funds

This Model Framework covers Financial Products for Corporates with unspecified use of funds, i.e. where the funds raised or guarantees issued are used at the Corporate’s discretion, without any specified use. For example: General corporate purpose (GCP) Loans/Overdraft, Corporate Bonds with GCP use of proceeds, Equity (primary & secondary issuance), Off-balance sheet corporate products (e.g. […]

Model Framework for specified use of proceeds

This Positive Impact Initiative Model Framework covers Financial Products where the funds raised or guarantees issued are used for a specific purpose, in this case Project-related finance within the scope of the Equator Principles. For example: project finance transactions, Project-related corporate loans, bridge loans to project finance, project-related transactions supported by Export Credit Agencies (Products […]

UNEP FI Overview January 2017 – June 2018

UNEP FI’s Annual Overview provides a summary of our work during 2017 and the first half of 2018. Read about key initiatives and events across banking, insurance and investment, and explore how your organisation can get involved with UNEP FI’s work. Download here.

A Journey towards a sustainable financial system: Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Roadmap

The aim of this Roadmap is to set a vision and lay the groundwork to establish a comprehensive and far-reaching sustainable finance strategy contributing to the Agenda 2030 and towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This Roadmap is ambitious in terms of Luxembourg’s contributions to sustainable development and climate action, it is forward looking […]

How securities regulators can support the Sustainable Development Goals, A sharing of experiences

Developed by a working group of nearly 70 capital market stakeholders, chaired by the Financial Regulatory Authority of Egypt, this report on securities regulation shares experiences and outlines an action plan for regulators wishing to support the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about Securities Regulators and Sustainable Development here. Download the full report here. About the […]

SSE 2018 Report on Progress

Global challenges – from climate change and gender equality to job creation and poverty reduction – require multilateral and multi-stakeholder solutions. To help address these international challenges, the Sustainable Stock Exchange serves as a platform for promoting good practice among stock exchanges, which are uniquely positioned to influence their markets in ways that few other […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Untangling Stakeholders for Broader Impact: ERISA Plans and ESG Incorporation

In September 2018, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and The Generation Foundation in collaboration with Godeke Consulting released Untangling Stakeholders for Broader Impact: ERISA Plans and ESG Incorporation. This report explores the United States private sector retirement market that is regulated through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of […]

Navigating a New Climate: Assessing Credit Risk and Opportunity in a Changing Climate

Outputs of a working group of 16 banks piloting the TCFD Recommendations Part 2: Physical-related risks and opportunities This report is the result 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 […]

UNEP FI Integrated Workplan 2018-2019

UNEP FI’s Integrated Workplan from July 2018 to June 2019 explains UNEP FI’s strategy and a bird’s-eye view of UNEP FI’s full range of activities. The report is available from  here.

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Ireland Roadmap

In June 2018, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and The Generation Foundation in collaboration with SIF Ireland, Ireland’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum, released the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century Ireland Roadmap. The report provides clear recommendations on policy and market changes required to achieve full ESG integration into […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Ohio Roadmap

In June 2018, The United Nations Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and The Generation Foundation released the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century Ohio Roadmap. Ohio is often viewed as a microcosm of the United States due to its diverse regions and bellwether political landscape. Like the rest of the […]

Exploring Metrics to Measure the Climate Progress of Banks

Assessing and reporting on the transition to a low carbon economy is a key area of interest for public- and private-sector banks. In the months preceding the United Nations climate change conference in Paris in 2015, many of the world’s leading banks made commitments to either decrease the financing of “climate problems” or increase the […]

Extending our Horizons: Assessing Credit Risk and Opportunity in a Changing Climate

Outputs of a working group of 16 banks piloting the TCFD Recommendations Part I: Transition-related risks and opportunities This report is the result of a collaboration between sixteen of the world’s leading banks with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and management consultancies Oliver Wyman and Mercer to pilot scenario-based assessments of transition-related risks and […]

Natural Capital Protocol – Finance Sector Supplement

Launched in April, in Hong Kong, ‘Connecting Finance and Natural Capital: A Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol’ is a tool for financial institutions to assess how their business is impacted by, and depends upon the natural world. The Natural Capital Protocol has created a globally recognized and standardized framework for business. This supplement to […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China

In March 2018, The United Nations Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), The Generation Foundation, and the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) released Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China. Building on the recent achievements of the national Green Finance initiative in China, the report discusses the development of an […]

Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition: 3rd annual progress report details benefits of low-carbon approach

The third annual report from the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) examines the progress made by its members in assessing and taking investment action on climate-related risks and opportunities, and by extension, in decarbonizing capital allocation and portfolio design worldwide. It provides an introduction to the coalition, and an overview of the decarbonization approaches and strategies […]

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Progress Report

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century concluded in 2015 that there are positive duties to to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment processes. This launched a project by UNEP FI, the Principles for Responsible Investment, and The Generation Foundation to end the debate around fiduciary duties and sustainability. Two years into the […]