Download the key takeaways from the inaugural meeting of the UNEP FI Leadership Council which convened 20 CEOs of banks and insurers across six continents in November 2021 to debate how to further mainstream sustainable finance and accelerate the pace and scale of action worldwide.

The wide-ranging discussion focused on disclosure of risks and impacts, and how institutions across the sector can intensify efforts to align with global goals such as the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Leadership Council

The UNEP FI Leadership Council is an advisory body, formed in 2021 to further mobilise the financial sector and deepen the integration of sustainability across the industry. Chaired by Inger Andersen, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, the Council brings together leaders of banks and insurers currently represented on one of the three elected UNEP FI governance bodies; the Global Steering Committee, the board of the Principles for Responsible Banking or the board of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance. The Council signals the importance of harnessing the unique partnership between the UN Environment Programme and the financial sector to transform the finance industry, raise the level of ambition, and embed sustainability at the heart of financial practice.