Be part of changing finance and financing change.

The world of finance is rapidly changing to meet the demands of our changing world. The role of sustainable finance in aligning business with sustainable development is currently being redefined.

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) members are helping to catalyse new ways of doing finance.

Join us to be part of market-leading innovation and upgrade ways of doing finance for the future.

Why join the UNEP Finance Initiative community?

UNEP FI has a unique capacity to convene decision-makers across banking, insurance and investment alongside public interest groups. Effective multi-stakeholder engagement and industry action is essential to grow sustainable financial markets that support a stable economy, environment and society in the long-term.

Leading financial institutions are exploring new ways to position financial products and services towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy. This means developing green business lines, as well as mitigating risks during the transition to cleaner production and consumption.

Membership has proven invaluable to hundreds of Signatories since 1992, with many contributing to a work programme to shape the global sustainable finance agenda. We are developing practical approaches to understanding and addressing environmental, social and governance impacts of financial products and services across organisations.

The UNEP FI Secretariat is working with its members to innovate and spur transformation of the financial sector. Our network helps financial institutions keep abreast of the latest trends, tools, policies and practices to address challenges and develop opportunities for resilient growth. Members can access:

  • Industry and thematic working groups to develop guidance, exchange best practice and stay on top of issues that matter to stakeholders.
  • Ground-breaking research, insight into issues on the horizon, implementation tools and capacity-building.
  • An international network of financial institutions with peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing across regional hubs.

Banks: UNEP FI is currently developing global Principles for Responsible Banking, which provide the framework for the sustainable banking system of the future. The Principles will be launched in September 2019, and members joining from September onwards will become signatories. Until then, banks joining UNEP FI’s membership commit to signing the Principles for Responsible Banking within six months of the Principles becoming available for signature, subject to any changes that may be made in the final version of the Principles for Responsible Banking following the global public consultation that ends 31st May 2019.

Insurers: Insurers join UNEP FI by committing to the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), a global framework for the insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities and fulfil its role in enabling a healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable society. PSI members are working with UNEP FI to understand, prevent and reduce environmental, social and governance risks, and better manage opportunities to provide quality and reliable risk protection.

Investors: Asset managers and owners join UNEP FI to show leadership on advancing the responsible investment agenda at a global level by endorsing UNEP FI’s Statement of Commitment by Financial Institutions on Sustainable Development. Investment members access opportunities to participate in collaborative leadership projects in areas such as property investment; gain insights into sustainable finance developments across banking, insurance and investment; enhance expertise on environmental, social and governance topics such as ecosystems, climate change and the sustainability impact of investments; and identify emerging trends and issues on the horizon.