From 1992 to 2022: The Evolution of Sustainable Finance

In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro a group of visionary leaders saw that transforming private finance would be key to achieving sustainable development. This marked the beginning of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), which recruited its first members in May of that year.

30 years later, the world of finance has profoundly changed. UNEP FI’s members have been at the vanguard of that change, taking steps together to transform financial institutions on the road to a financial system which supports sustainable development.

Find out more about the Evolution of Sustainable Finance, and UNEP FI’s role in that journey by navigating our interactive timeline here.