Webinar: Just transition: Bringing people and communities along with the move to a net-zero carbon economy
The transition to a net-zero economy that leaves no one behind places social issues at the heart of the agenda.…
Workshop on banking and human rights for ASEAN-region banks (By invitation only)
Join us on a virtual introductory workshop on banking and human rights issues for ASEAN banks. It will include an overview of human rights issues related to businesses in ASEAN and how this relates to banks under both hard and soft laws; how banks in the region are tackling human rights; and a live exercise to develop an ASEAN human rights risk heatmap with the help of experts. The workshop is side event of the UN Virtual Forum on Responsible Business and Human Rights, 9-12 June.
Human Rights and Finance: next steps for EU Policy
ShareAction and partners organize a discussion at the European Parliament on the means to ensure a strong role for human rights in the future of European financial regulation, in the context of the upcoming European Commission's Sustainable Action Plan. UNEP FI engages is dialogue on the role of human rights due diligence in the legal duties of investors and company directors.
Practitioners share insights on community engagement and indigenous peoples’ rights
Together with AFD and IADB, UNEP FI took stock of standards, industry practice and barriers to address on sustainable finance…
Regional dialogues on rights-based, inclusive sustainable finance
UNEP FI members and stakeholders discussed the current trends and expectations relating to financial institutions’ responsibility to respect human rights…
Social inclusion and human rights in finance: a view from Asia Pacific
The meeting looked at how financial institutions, in addition to applying human rights due diligence in their business, tackled social issues specific to the region. It also highlighted global trends from the finance and human rights agenda to inform local financial institutions in their approaches to human rights issues, and introduced the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), developed in 2017 with strong support from investors as a tool enabling businesses to better understand and act on corporate human rights performance.
Webinar: Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainable Finance – Indigenous Peoples Rights and Free, Prior and Informed Consent
The webinar, organized jointly by Agence française de développement, the Inter-American Development Bank and UNEP Finance Initiative, will take a glimpse into the current landscape of standards and practices related to indigenous peoples’ rights and stakeholder engagement, with a focus on the free, prior and informed consent principle. It will also consider barriers to the principle implementation and solutions to address them. It will be set up as a platform of knowledge exchange between industry representatives and human rights experts working with indigenous groups and on stakeholder engagement in business.
Regional dialogue, Europe: A Rights-Based Approach to Sustainable Finance
Since the unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), various stakeholder groups – businesses, civil society, intergovernmental platforms – have been working on clarifying the practical implications of the ‘responsibility to respect human rights’ for financial institutions. At the same time, in their journey to sustainability, financial institutions are increasingly showing willingness to contribute to the achievement of global priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. How do these efforts come together in a coherent human rights-aligned sustainable finance agenda? The session provided an overview of industry efforts from the region to advance the implementation of the UNGPs and discussed how to connect - from a human rights perspective - the various sustainability-driven actions of financial institutions, to ultimately arrive at an inclusive, rights-based sustainable finance agenda.
Sustainable Finance and Indigenous Peoples Rights (private meeting)
Human rights and social issues in finance: from global to regional solutions
The first UNEP FI meeting on human rights and social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean offered a platform for members in the region - Banco General, Banco Galicia, Suramericana and Itaú Unibanco - to share experiences on their approaches to respect human rights and act on their ability to further address social needs. Participants were also introduced to the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), that UNEP FI has teamed up to share the findings of the benchmark, released in 2017. Finally, regional members and stakeholders were informed about UNEP FI strategic priorities on human rights and social issues for the upcoming years, and were encouraged to give feedback on available options to adapt these to regional needs.