The UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Asia Pacific will be held in person on 24-25 May in Seoul, South Korea. The event will convene UNEP FI members, policymakers, civil society organisations, and academia to discuss the advancement of sustainable finance, its challenges, and solutions in Asia Pacific.

In addition to having the opportunity to network with the finance community in the region, speakers and participants will explore important issues specific to the region, including net zero banking and insurance, ASEAN taxonomies as guiding frameworks for the finance sector, understanding and managing nature-related risks, financial health and inclusion, and more.

Registration: Register here for in-person or virtual attendance. Participation is free of charge for UNEP FI members and the public.

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Time Sessions – Day 1
09:00 Welcome remarks

  • Eric Usher, Head, UNEP FI
09:10 Opening Remarks

  • Jin Ok Dong, Chairperson, Shinhan Financial Group
09:20 Keynotes
09:50 Financing the transition towards a sustainable future in Asia Pacific

  • Tae-Young Paik, Board Member, ISSB
  • Jeong-hoon Cho, Head of ESG division, Shinhan Financial Group
10:50 Break
11:10 Strengthening the regulatory landscape of sustainable finance in Asia Pacific
11:55 What does the Global Biodiversity Framework mean for Asia Pacific
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Parallel sessions (Room 1) Parallel sessions (Room 2)
13:30 Going beyond materiality: Deep dive into impact The Net Zero Insurance Alliance in Asia Pacific
14:10 Target setting and sustainability reporting for financial institutions  Climate-smart Insurance Solutions for MSMEs
15:00 Break (30mins)
15:30 Guidelines on adaptation and climate stress testing Managing environmental, social and governance risks in life & health insurance business
16:30 Need for active client engagement while decarbonizing portfolios Nature & Pollution: understanding the role of the insurance industry
17:30 End of Day 1



Time Sessions – Day 2
Parallel sessions (Room 1) Parallel sessions (Room 2)
09:00 Opening remarks Opening remarks
09:10 Addressing gender and financial health in financial institutions Role of data in assessing and managing ESG risk
10:00 Sustainable land use and deforestation risks in Asia Pacific Opportunities and instruments for ESG Investing in Asia
10:50 Finance perspectives on ocean health and plastics Regulatory expectations on climate risk and biodiversity from financial institutions
11:30 Break
11:50 Deep dive into nature-related disclosures: TNFD consultation Embedding sustainability into the culture and governance of financial institutions
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Keynote
13:40 Financing sustainable development through a just and inclusive transition: critical for an low carbon economy in Asia
14:15 Achieving net zero in Asia Pacific

  • Herry Cho, Group Head Sustainability & Sustainable Finance, Singapore Exchange (SGX)
  • Tomo Ishikawa, MD & Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, MUFG
  • Hye-Sook Moon, Managing Director, KB Financial Group
  • Masaaki Nagamura, General Manager International Initiatives, Tokio Marine
15:15 The future of responsible banking in APAC

  • Luanne Sieh, Head of Group Sustainability, CIMB
  • Shanning Dong, General Manager, Green Finance Department, Bank of Jiangsu
16:00 Closing remarks
16:10 End of second day

Platinum Sponsor:

Shinhan Bank is headquartered in Seoul, Korea. Historically it was the first bank in Korea, established under the name Hanseong Bank in 1897. The bank was reestablished in 1982. Today, it has transformed itself into a large bank, boasting total assets of KRW 176.9 trillion, equity capital of KRW 9.7 trillion, 10,741 employees, and 1,026 branches as of 2009. Total deposits and net income amounted to KRW 105.3 trillion and KRW 1.4 trillion, respectively.

From the early 1980’s in which corporate ethics social responsibility was not brought into question even in countries with advanced finance, Shinhan Bank introduced the social responsibility management scheme. Since its incorporation, Shinhan bank pursued with honesty and faithfulness the basic principles and by promoting customer convenience and wealth creation, we have aimed to create a variety of social responsibility management programs and have grown as Korea’s representative service model enterprise. In 2005, Shinhan Bank Published the Corporate social responsibility Report for the first time in domestic financial industry and by publishing the report on a regular basis, Shinhan bank has informed its stakeholders on the progress of social responsibility management in detail. Since April 2006, with the launch of integrated Shinhan Bank has become a strong defender of the national economy and has promoted the financial industry to contribute to the creation of national welth and the direction of social responsibility. By setting the goal of ‘co-existence with stakeholders’, it has established the goal and strategy of social responsibility management and operated a task-specific and systematic practice of short and long term management program.