The Latin American Working Group of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative consists of more than 40 financial institutions who are signatories of the UNEP Statement of Commitment on Sustainable Development and/or the Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI) or the Principles of Responsible Banking (PRBs).
UNEP FI strategy and agenda in Latin America are led (2018-2020) by the Working Group Co-Chairs:
LAC representation on the Global Steering Committee:
- Mauricio Velasquez, CAF- Latin American Development Bank (Ecuador)
-elected to represent the Latin American Group of UNEP FI (Until December 2020)
- Patricia Coimbra, Human Resources and Sustainability Director, SULAMERICA (Brazil)
-elected to hold the regional representation of insurance members at the Global Steering Committee (until June 2019)
UNEP FI activities in Latin America & Caribbean Region focus on:
Activities in the region are connected to the global programme and include network-building in order to foster sharing of information, best practice and awareness-raising between financial institutions; engagement with relevant regional stakeholders in sustainable finance; and capacity-building through workshops and online training courses.
UNEP FI’s Latin American and Caribbean regional Membership Agenda is based on national inputs and member feedback to establishing a long-term sustainable finance agenda. This agenda uses the current regional context and the progress achieved so far as a foundation for changing finance to finance change. Our work will build upon ongoing activities and national agendas which will contribute to a country-specific approach to bring our members’ objectives to the forefront.
UNEP FI is constantly looking to expand its network through connecting to financial institutions that are committed to the values of sustainable finance in the banking, insurance and investment industries. The Latin American and Caribbean Regional agenda places a strong focus on membership engagement both across industries and in various thematic workstreams. In this regard, we are seeking to increase regional interconnectivity through events in which members can communicate in person, strengthen member and network interaction, while also increasing our value proposition through the organizational incorporation of ESG issues and understanding of how future environmental and risk factors can affect portfolios.
Key initiatives and developments in Latin America & Caribbean:
- 14-15 October: Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance 2019, in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Training and professional development:
Training activities were initiated in 2005, in Latin America when the first “Country Workshop on Environmental & Social Risk” for risk managers and analysts in corporate, investment and retail banking was held. With time UNEP FI’s training programme has grown to offer a range of tailor-made training modules on sustainable finance topics in Spanish, English and French. UNEP FI has a range of training offerings, both online and in-person workshops.
For further information on each of these products, please consult the Sustainable Finance Training section.
For upcoming events in the region, please consult the UNEP FI Events section.
Maria Sosa Taborda , Regional Coordinator / Coordinador Regional