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We will add guidance and resources in the form of reports, studies and case studies as we develop our work with our members and other stakeholders. Keep checking back here to see our latest resources.

Have a look at our Social and Human Rights Strategy to discover how we are helping UNEP FI members meet their social and human rights commitments


Using the Guidance on Financial Inclusion and Financial Health Target Setting, banks can understand how to align their core business with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals). This guidance outlines the key steps for setting targets to drive increasing economic and social inclusion, followed by two illustrative examples of targets in financial inclusion and financial health.

Setting clear and specific targets for the advancement of gender equality presents an opportunity for banks to align their portfolios with society’s goals as set out in international frameworks such as the Beijing Declaration and Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) as well as national or regional frameworks that may provide more details of a country’s goals and strategy for contributing to, and advancing, gender equality. In addition to providing a practical example of how to set a target in retail banking, The Guidance on Gender Equality Target Setting concludes with guidance on measures your bank can put in place in order to ensure that gender-sensitive practices and processes are embedded within the organisation.

This research paper offers a legal analysis of the current banking and human rights landscape. The paper provides an overview of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and explores their implications for the banking sector. It examines both hard law and soft law related to banking and human rights, as well as the relationship between the two. The paper contributes to wider thinking on how banks can address human rights issues.

The UNEP FI Human Rights Work Stream’s CEO Briefing on Human Rights provides an introduction to the business and human rights debate and sketches out some of the key human rights challenges presently faced by the finance sector. It discusses some of the key questions faced by financial institutions and presents a practical management framework for companies in the finance sector seeking to more effectively manage the human rights issues to which they are exposed.