UNEP FI’s Asia Pacific Working Group provides a platform for all UNEP FI members based in the Asia-Pacific region to exchange ideas and best practices, and address region-specific sustainability priorities and needs in the financial sector. The Group serves to provide an Asian perspective to UNEP FI’s overall work program. The Task Force also acts as a disseminator and promoter of UNEP FI’s work in the Asia-Pacific Region, in the form of training workshops, webinars, conferences and tools, etc., to promote the adoption of best sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Within the Working Group, there are three country-based sub-groups:

  1. Australasia Group
  2. Japan Group
  3. Korea Group


UNEP FI’s regional activities are grounded on the Initiative’s overarching global agenda on sustainable finance, translating this into regional relevance through peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges, network-building, capacity-building via on-line and in-person trainings, and engagement with policymakers, regulators and supervisors. We also engage other stakeholders and partners to jointly identify strategic approaches to promoting sustainable finance, ensuring that regional and sub-regional dynamics and realities are considered. In 2016, some of the activities in the Asia Pacific region include:

Training and professional development

UNEP FI has a range of training offerings, both online and in workshop format, covering several themes. For further information on each of these services, please visit the Sustainable Finance Training section.


Financial institutions based in Asia Pacific which are UNEP FI Signatories

Supporting institutions

Association of Insurers and Reinsurers of Developing Countries (Philippines)
Financial Services Council of New Zealand (New Zealand)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (Asia Pacific)
Insurance Commission of the Philippines (Philippines)
Insurance Council of Australia (Australia)
Insurance Council of New Zealand (New Zealand)
Insurance Institute for Asia & the Pacific (New Zealand)
Insurance Institute of India (India)
Philippine Insurers & Reinsurers Association (Philippines)
Philippine Life Insurance Association (Philippines)
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Business School (Australia)


Yuki Yasui, Asia Pacific Regional Co-ordinator

27 February 2020

UNEP FI members recognised at ESG Finance Awards Japan 2019

Under the leadership of the Environment Minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan in 2019 established the “ESG Finance Awards Japan” to salute private sector initiatives aiming to create outstanding impacts on the environment and society. The Ministry has a long track record of being a strong advocate for ESG finance and…

13 June 2019

UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Asia Pacific 2019: Highlights

UNEP FI’s second Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance for 2019 took place in Shanghai last week with more than 280 delegates and 75 speakers. On 5 and 6 June, the UNEP FI Regional Roundtable for Asia Pacific brought together the sustainable finance community to drive the take up of financing that will help achieve the…

3 June 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Dialogue on Sustainable Finance

On the occasion of Japan’s presidency of the G20, UNEP FI co-convened the ‘Tokyo Dialogue on Sustainable Finance’ with Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) on 3rd of June at the International House of Japan in Tokyo. It was an invitation-only, full day conference aiming to provide a platform for a detailed discussion between the distinguished speakers…

25 April 2019

UNEP FI and IPEEC announce the G20 Global Summit on Financing Energy Efficiency, Innovation and Clean Technology

  Leading financial institutions and G20 policy-makers will meet to respond to the urgency of scaling up energy efficiency investment to address the world´s clean energy policy objectives at an official side-event to the Japanese presidency of the G20. The International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) and United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP…

28 March 2019 | Hanoi, Vietnam

Principles for Responsible Banking Consultation Workshop in Vietnam

State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and GIZ hosted a UNEP FI’s Principles for Responsible Banking Consultation Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop was chaired by Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Kim Anh, Deputy Governor of the SBV. Over 60 participants including representatives from 17 financial institutions attended. During the workshop, SBV also presented the results from the…

24 July 2018

Finance sector commits to working together to develop Sustainable Finance Roadmaps for Australia & New Zealand

Finance sector commits to working together to develop Sustainable Finance Roadmaps for Australia & New Zealand Finance sector organisations – including banking, insurance and investment industries, representing over 300 institutions with $10 trillion in assets – have today released a joint statement in support of a sustainable financial system for Australia and New Zealand.

30 April 2018

Blog: UNEP FI’s Margarita Pirovska discusses Investor duties and ESG integration in China

  Aligning investor duties with long-term sustainability goals is a prerequisite for balanced, inclusive and green economic development. This conclusion of the report on Investor Duties and ESG integration in China, co-authored by the PRI, UNEP FI, The Generation Foundation and the International Institute of Green Finance of Beijing, also marks the beginning of a new…

27 April 2018

UNEP FI グローバルの16 署名銀行がTCFDに関する銀行業界向けのガイドを公表

ジュネーブ(2018年4月24日)| 国連環境金融イニシアティブ(UNEP FI)の署名機関である16の大手銀行は、気候変動と気候に関する行動がビジネスにどのような影響を与えるかについて銀行の理解を深めるために、共同で開発した手法を発表しました。


27 March 2018

Towards Better Integration of ESG Consistent with Investor Obligations and Duties in China

  Beijing, 28 March 2018 The United Nations Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), The Generation Foundation, and the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) today published the report – Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China, available in English and Chinese 中文. Building on the recent achievements of the…

18 December 2017

Nomura Real Estate Asset Management becomes 11th member of UNEP FI’s Japan Group

Nomura Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd. (NOREAM) has recently joined UNEP FI, becoming the 11th member of the Japan Group. President & CEO Ambe Norio said, “While seeking the sustainable improvement of mid- and long-term performance, acting with fiduciary responsibility, and increasing ESG investment, our company manages a number of funds including the Nomura…

Show more
17 November 2020 | Webinar

Webinar: Managing impacts and developing positive impact finance products

Financial regulators and policy makers in South East Asia are increasingly turning to financial institutions to support their national sustainable development plans and the growing ESG investor community are expecting banks and businesses to contribute to societal goals such as the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. But how does a bank know and show…

12 June 2020 | Webinar

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.

11 December 2019 | Melbourne, Australia

UNEP FI-PRI Australia Conference: Towards a Resilient and Sustainable Economy

The UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) together with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and in collaboration with the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) are excited to present a one-day forum exploring the latest issues and trends for a resilient and stable financial system that will help shape Australian and New Zealand economy that prioritises human well-being, social equity and environmental protection.

9 October 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

ESG Real Estate Investment Japan Seminar

UNEP Finance Initiative together with the Japanese Principles for Financial Action (PFA), a Japan nation-wide sustainable finance forum, held a seminar on ESG investments in real estate. Taking the opportunity of the visit to Japan by the UNEP FI’s Property Working Group Co-Chair Anna Murray, Vice President, Sustainable Investing, BentallGreenOak, the Working Group members in…

10 October 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

Japan Launch of the Principles for Responsible Banking

Following the global launch of the Principles for Responsible Banking on 22 September 2019 at the United Nations in New York with 130 banks collectively holding USD 47 trillion in assets signed up, UNEP Finance Initiative together with the Japanese Principles for Financial Action (PFA), a Japan nation-wide sustainable finance forum, held a Japan launch…

Show more

ESG data in China: recommendations for primary ESG indicators

    A new joint report by UNEP FI, PRI and SynTao Green Finance, launched in Shanghai on June 5, 2019, provides recommendations for China’s ESG disclosure framework, prepared by its financial regulators. This report is a follow-up from the Investor Duties and ESG Integration in China, and part of the Fiduciary Duty in the…

Show more