UNEP FI Signatories based in Europe are included in UNEP FI’s Working Group for Europe, which provides a pan-European platform to address region-specific sustainability issues and gaps. The Europe Working Group also provides regional perspectives to inform UNEP FI’s overall work programme. UNEP FI works with a network of partners to disseminate, promote and communicate its work across the region, such as tools, research and workshops with the objective of expanding sustainability and responsible finance practices throughout European financial institutions. UNEP FI undertakes outreach with European institutions and sustainable finance networks in Europe and convenes various actors, including finance institutions, industry associations and policy-makers.

To advance the sustainable finance agenda in Europe, UNEP FI works with its Europe-based Signatories and Regional Advisors, who act as dedicated industry counterparts in the design and implementation of UNEP FI strategy in the region.


UNEP FI activities in Europe focus on:

  • Building and reinforcing partnerships with European players and national networks promoting sustainable finance in Western Europe / European Union: UNEP FI works towards building and reinforcing synergies with strategic actors in the European Union and other Western European countries across sustainable finance, including industry associations, sustainable finance specific fora, multilateral and development financial institutions, policy-makers and regulators, academia, etc.. UNEP FI shares information, contributes to consultations and explores opportunities for partnerships in areas such as policy dialogue, research, event organization and tool development. In addition, UNEP FI liaises with national networks and platforms in which UNEP FI members are involved, to facilitate knowledge sharing with the goal of contributing to the dynamics of the sustainable finance in the region.
  • Raising the awareness and building the capacity of finance institutions on social and environmental risks and opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe: UNEP FI’s priorities in non-EU members starts in Central and Eastern Europe are to raise awareness of the link between environment and social issues and finance, and to build the capacity of financial institutions to integrate environmental and social issues into traditional financial operations. UNEP FI also strives to support and facilitate local initiatives promoting the adoption of sustainable business practices by the finance sector. UNEP FI started to build a presence in Central and Eastern Europe in 2004.

Europe’s Sustainable Finance Strategy reviewed for enactment in Brussels

In the coming months, the European Parliament and Council will review the European Commission’s legislative package’s three proposals, including proposals on a sustainable taxonomy and investor duties, before the final texts are agreed upon.  If passed, change of this nature – simultaneously across the entire European investment chain – would constitute ground-breaking progress towards the transition to a sustainable financial system.

For more information, please read the article here

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 Europe which are UNEP FI Signatories

Supporting institutions

Climate Bonds Initiative (United Kingdom)
ClimateWise (United Kingdom)
Dutch Association of Insurers (The Netherlands)
Earth Security Group (United Kingdom)
Environment & Security Initiative (Switzerland)
Finance Norway (Finance Norway)
Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile (Italy)
International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Impact Insurance Facility (Switzerland)
International Cooperative & Mutual Insurance Federation (United Kingdom)
Italian Federation of Banks, Insurers and Finance (FeBAF) (Italy)
Global Organizational Learning & Development Network for Sustainability (Belgium)
National Committee on International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (The Netherlands)
Oceana Europe (Spain)
University of Westminster (United Kingdom)
Verein für Umweltmanagement und Nachhaltigkeit in Finanzinstituten (VfU) (Germany)


Liesel Van Ast on europe@unepfi.org

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  • European Commission Consultation on Investors’ Duties and Sustainability

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  • UNEP FI contribution to the European Commission consultations on the Green Paper on Long-Term Financing of the European Economy

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  • Sustainable Finance Forum in Turkey

    3 May 2013 | Istanbul, Turkey The Sustainable Finance Forum brought together various actors from the sustainable finance scene in Turkey to discuss existing responsible finance practices in the country, reveal related gaps and challenges and put forward recommendations for action to upscale the financial sector contribution to sustainable development in Turkey. Garanti Bank, Şekerbank […]

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    26 March 2013 | Istanbul, Turkey A group of professionals from 15 Turkish banks, as well as from the consultancy and development finance community were trained during a one-day workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis. The participants improved their understanding of the exposure of finance institutions to social and environmental risks as a consequence […]

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    7 February 2013 | Istanbul, Turkey The Banks Association of Turkey, in partnership with UNEP FI, facilitated a half day event in Istanbul to expose more than 70 mid to senior managers in Turkish banks to the value of incorporating sustainability in the business operations and culture of their banks. International development finance institutions and […]

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  • VfU / UNEP FI 8th Round Table ‘Mainstreaming Sustainability. Sustainability in the core business of financial institutions’

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    5-6 July 2012 | Istanbul, Turkey UNEP FI, together with Signatories TSKB and Garanti Bankasi made the case for sustainable banking during the training ‘Improving the environmental governance in the banking sector in Turkey; introduction to green banking’ held in Istanbul on 5 July 2012. The training was organized by the Regional Activity Centre for […]

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    14 December 2011 | Moscow, Russia UNEP FI/Eco-banking organized for the first time in Russia an Introductory Environmental and Social Risk Analysis training workshop, in collaboration with our local partners WWF Russia and VnescheconomBank. We convened this workshop with the aim of sensitizing bankers, risk & credit managers and other relevant parties across the financial […]

  • Introductory Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis Portugal

    11 October, 2010 | Lisbon, Portugal This is the first time that UNEP FI – Ecobanking convened the one-day training workshop in the Iberian Peninsula, seeking to train risk analysts and credit managers who work for Financial Institutions in Portugal on how to identify and manage social and environmental risks and opportunities in their lending […]

  • Training Workshop: Environmental and Social Risk Management for the Turkish Financial Sector

    October 8, 2010 | Istanbul, Turkey UNEP FI/Ecobanking convenes an Environmental and Social Risk training workshop in Turkey. We organize this workshop in the hope of sensitizing bankers, risk managers and other relevant parties across the Turkish financial sector, on the importance, effective techniques and consequential benefits of incorporating environmental and social considerations into their […]

  • Environmental Liability and Risk Management for the Greek financial sector

    27-28 May 2010 | Athens, Greece In partnership with the Hellenic Bank Association, and with the collaboration of the Hellenic Insurance Companies Association, this event sensitized bankers, insurers, risk managers and other relevant actors across the Greek financial sector to the importance, effective techniques and benefits of incorporating environmental and social considerations into corporate strategy. […]

  • UNEP FI reaches out to the financial sector in Turkey

    16-17 April 2010 | Istanbul, Turkey The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) welcomed its first member from the finance sector in Turkey. The membership of the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) became official at a signing ceremony, after Paul Clements-Hunt, Head of UNEP FI, and Halil Eroglu, TSKB’s Central Executive Officer […]

  • Promotion of Sustainable Finance Mechanisms in Russia

    29 April 2009 | Moscow, Russia WWF-Russia is organizing a conference “Promotion of Sustainable Finance Mechanisms in Russia” with the financial support of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Federal Agency for the Environment (Umweltbundesamt/UBA) under the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Venue: Marriott Grand […]

  • Changing Environments – Changing Finance?
    Sustainable Finance in Turkey

    22 January 2009 | Istanbul, Turkey The UNEP FI Central and Eastern European Task Force organizes a half-day conference about the importance of environmental and social topics in the financial industry in Turkey. Leading Turkish financial institutions such as TSKB, Işbank and Vakifbank have been invited to present on how they integrate environmental issues into […]

  • UNEP FI / VfU Roundtable 2008: Implementing Climate Change Strategies

    4-5 November 2008 | Stuttgart, Germany in partnership with: VfU, German Association for Environmental Protection in Banks and Insurance Companies e.V. The German Association for Environmental Protection in Banks and Insurance Companies (VfU) and UNEP FI are pleased to announce the Roundtable 2008: “Implementing Climate Change Strategies”. The event will take place in Stuttgart, 4-5 […]

  • UNEP FI / VfU Roundtable 2007
    Corporate Social Responsibility – more than environmental management

    13-14 November 2007 | Munich The 2-day conference, jointly organised by UNEP FI and VfU, the Association for Environmental Management in Banks, Insurances and Savings Banks, will address responsibilities of financial institutions that go beyond environmental management. The aim of the conference is to shed light into the different norms, standards and indicators of social […]

  • UNEP FI Outreach Events in Bulgaria

    11 October 2007 | Sofia, Bulgaria UNEP FI’s Central and Eastern European Task Force has held an outreach event for the financial services sector of Bulgaria, on 11 October in Sofia. The event entitled “EU environmental regulations – Risk or Opportunity for the Financial Sector?” looked in detail how accession to the European Union and […]

  • UNEP FI Outreach Events in Romania

    9 October 2007 | Bucharest, Romania UNEP FI’s Central and Eastern European Task Force has held an outreach event for the financial services sector of Romania, on 9 October in Bucharest. The event entitled “EU environmental regulations – Risk or Opportunity for the Financial Sector?” looked in detail how accession to the European Union and […]

  • Climate Change and Financial Service Providers
    Tapping Markets of the Future – Avoiding Business Risks

    30 August 2007 | Frankfurt Main The G8 summit 2007 in Heiligendamm achieved a breakthrough for international climate protection. The G8 committed themselves to work towards a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol within the UN framework by the end of 2009. Climate change is both a challenge and an opportunity. Only by working together […]

  • Table Ronde Francophone des Signataires de l’UNEP FI

    8 juin 2007 | Paris, France Accueillie par la Société Générale Agenda (Français PDF 76 KB) Compte Rendu (Français PDF 187 KB) Liste de Participants (PDF 10 KB) Présentations Climate Change Working Group (Français PDF 126 KB)Jean-Noël Guye, AXA Insurance Working Group (Français PDF 147 KB)Catherine Boiteux Pelletier, AXA Microfinance (Français PDF 155 KB)Emmanuel De […]

  • Sustainability and CSR in the Greek Banking and Insurance Sector

    18 January, 2007 | Athens, Greece On 18 January, 2007 the UNEP FI Central and Eastern European Task Force has held a meeting with Greek financial institutions and stakeholder organisations in Athens, Greece. More than 50 participants from the largest Greek financial institutions attended the meeting, which was kindly sponsored by Alpha Bank. The event […]

  • Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Financial Sector

    21-22 November 2006 | Berlin The 2-day conference, jointly organised by UNEP FI and VfU, the Association for Environmental Management in Banks, Insurances and Savings Banks, will address climate change and its impact on both the sustainability-management of financial service providers as well as on their core business activities. Through presentations, panel discussions and interactive […]

  • Sustainable finance in the Baltic States

    17 October 2006 | Vilnius, Lithuania On 17 October 2006 UNEP FI´s Central and Eastern European Task Force has offered a seminar on sustainable finance for the Baltic States in Vilnius, Lithuania. The seminar was kindly hosted by DNB Nord Bankas, a regional branch of UNEP FI signatory DNB NOR. The seminar, divided into asset […]

  • What is the Environmental Responsibility of Banks?

    22 June, 2006 | Athens, Greece More than 80 participants followed the invitation of UNEP FI and the two Greek sustainability leaders Eurobank EFG and Emporiki, that had hosted a one-day conference on sustainable banking in Athens. The senior managers of both banks emphasised how sustainability aspects have been integrated into their credit, product and […]

  • Workshop on Environmental Credit Risk

    4 May 2006 | Copenhagen Hosted by the Finansraadet (The Danish Bankers Association), the workshop focused on environmental credit risk in financial institutions. During the workshop, case studies were provided for different types of environmental risks. Some examples of risk management tools such as land use investigation and environmental impact assessment (Equator Principles) were also […]

  • UNEP FI Central and Eastern European Task Force High-Level Meeting

    5 April, 2006 | Moscow, Russia On 5 April, 2006 the UNEP FI Central and Eastern European Task Force held a high-level meeting on sustainable finance in Moscow, Russia. The event included presentations on corporate social responsibility, environmental regulations influencing financial services and environmental risks in project financing. A panel discussion was organised around the […]

  • Sustainability – Risks and Opportunities for Financial Institutions in South East Europe

    14 June, 2005 | Zagreb, Croatia After a first awareness-raising event in March 2005 in Poland (see Sustainability – Risks and Opportunities for Polish Financial Institutions), the Central and Eastern European Task Force hosted a conference for financial institutions in South-East Europe. The event was held on 14 June, 2005 in Zagreb, Croatia and was organised […]

  • First Western European Forum

    , Host:           , Supported by:           ,Finance, Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentQualitative Risk | Microfinance | Climate Change 19 May 2005 | Barcelona, Spain “…the overall [corporate] strategy has to work for the CSR approach to be viable; and conversely for the corporate strategy to be viable […]

  • Sustainability – Risks and Opportunities for Polish Financial Institutions

    ,16 March, 2005 | Warsaw, Poland On March 16, 2005 senior level representatives of the Polish financial sector came together for a half-day conference on the opportunities and risks of sustainability. The event was organised by the UNEP FI Central and Eastern European Task Force in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development […]

  • Second Central and Eastern European Task Force Meeting

    Host           , Sponsor           ,28 September, 2004 | Budapest, Hungary On September 28, the members of the Central and Eastern European Task Force gathered for their second meeting following the kick-off meeting in May. Seven representatives of task force member institutions participated in the meeting, while […]

  • UNEP FI Renewable Energy Finance Workshop

    ,27 September, 2004 | Budapest, Hungary The UNEP FI Renewable Energy Finance Workshop, held in collaboration with the Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI), attracted more than 90 participants from the international and local financial sector, NGOs, project developers and governmental agencies. The large number of participants and the vibrant discussions showed that renewable energy and […]

  • First Meeting of the Central and Eastern European Task Force

    Host           ,12 May, 2004 | Sofia, Bulgaria Representatives from 11 financial institutions met in Sofia to discuss the aims and activities of the newly formed Central and Eastern European Task Force. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Bulgarian subsidiary of the Greek-based Emporiki Bank. The aim of the meeting […]

  • UNEP FI Regional Outreach Event – Countries with Economies in Transition

    24-25 June, 2002 | Budapest, Hungary On June 24th-25th 2002, UNEP FI held the fourth in a series of Regional Outreach events, in Budapest, Hungary. The two-day roundtable dealt with: Day 1: The Business Case for Sustainability Performance in the CEIT Financial Sector Day 2: Foreign Direct Investment in CEIT – A Sustainability Dynamic Many […]

  • UNEP FI Workshop on Foreign Direct Investments: ‘Financing Sustainability’

    ,19-20 June, 2002 | Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia Overview Expanding its experience in Economies in Transition, UNEP FI recently co-organized a workshop on, “Foreign Direct Investments: Financing Sustainability”, in Belgrade, FRY. Working closely with the UNEP Post Conflict Assessment Unit (PCAU), the workshop was developed at the request of the Ministry of Health and Environmental Protection […]

  • International Conference on Sustainable Development of Countries with Economies in Transition

    18 April 1997 | Minsk, Belarus Conference Overview I. Role of the Private SectorII. Objectives of UNEP’s Financial Services InitiativeIII. StrategyIV. UNEP’s Financial Services InitiativeV. Recent ActivitiesVI. Planned Activities for 1997 I. Role of the Private Sector In 1995, ODA amounted to US$ 58.9 billion (OECD), foreign direct investment was estimated at US$ 325 billion […]