NEW: Version 2 of the Portfolio Impact Analysis Tool for Banks is out now!

Based on a unique Holistic Impact Methodology derived from UNEP FI’s Principles for Positive Impact Financethe Portfolio Impact Analysis Tool for Banks represents a great step forward for impact analysis in banking. The Tool, now in its second iteration, was developed with signatories of the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) and UNEP FI Member Banks, and is designed specifically to support signatories to the Principles.

Download Version 2 of the Tool now

The Portfolio Impact Analysis Tool for Banks an iterative input-output workflow which requires users to input data to describe their portfolio and to reflect their current impact performance. The Tool uses the input data in combination with a set of in-built impact mappings to produce a number of outputs, in particular a set of impact profiles by business line, and to guide the user in identifying the bank’s most significant impact areas and determining priorities, thus setting the basis for strategy development and target-setting as per the requirements of the PRB:

‘We will continuously increase our positive impacts while reducing the negative impacts on, and managing the risks to, people and environment resulting from our activities, products and services. To this end, we will set and publish targets where we can have the most significant impacts.’

Principle 2, Principles for Responsible Banking

The impact areas considered in the tool are those listed and described in the Impact Radar (Positive Impact Initiative, UNEP FI, 2018).

New features of Version 2 include:

  • Dedicated section to support and document users’ preliminary scoping work
  • Sector selection in four different industry classification codes (ANZIC, ISIC, NACE, NAICS)
  • Increased capacity
  • Revised workflow for Impact Profile interpretation, Performance review and assessment section, including a new, in-built Indicator Library
  • Dashboard visualisation of the final outcomes of the analysis
  • Clearer and streamlined navigation

Version 2 comes with an updated User Guide. The new User Guide now also includes an explanation of the UNEP FI Holistic Impact Analysis Methodology and its application to bank portfolios, as well as a host of tips on how to prepare for and get started with holistic portfolio impact analysis, including options for implementing the methodology with or without ‘off-the-shelf’ usage of the Tool.

Download Version 2 of the Tool now

Download the User Guide for Version 2 of the Tool here

Access an interactive online introduction to the Tool here.

Watch the launch and walk-through of Version 2, featuring UNEP FI, SASB, Piraeus Bank here.


Working Group

A pioneer group of PRB endorsers and other UNEP FI banking members joined forces in 2019 to help UNEP FI develop the Tool. In 2020 a Working Group of over 50 banks came together and became the first generation of banks to use the Tool to implement their PRB commitments. Version 2 of the Tool was developed with the Working Group, based on their user experience.


Feedback

Help us to improve the Portfolio Impact Analysis Tool for Banks!

  • If you are a bank, please share your user experience and feedback with us
  • If you are a topic or impact expert, help us to refine the Tool’s in-built sector-impact mappings

Contact: positiveimpact@unepfi.org


You may also be interested in:

Corporate Impact Analysis Tool (2020)

Principles for Responsible Banking

Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs – Our unique theory of impact (2018)

The Impact Radar (2018)

The Principles for Positive Impact Finance (2017)


Contacts:

Careen Abb, Programme Leader, Positive Impact, UNEP FI – careen.abb@un.org

Costanza Ghera, Content Manager, Positive Impact, UNEP FI – costanza.ghera@un.org

Puleng Ndjwili-Potele, Interim Lead, Banking Team, UNEP FI – tumelo.ndjwili-potele@un.org

Mustafa Chaudhry, Communications, UNEP FI – mustafa.chaudhry@un.org


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