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UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

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  • Simplified process, flexible implementation – Principles for Responsible Banking
    Simplified process, flexible implementation – Principles for Responsible Banking
    Founding banks Recorded: May 29 2019 64 mins
    Banking industry colleagues will share details of the simplified requirements of the Principles for Responsible Banking, providing the flexibility for any bank to endorse.
  • Global Real Estate Investor Survey on ESG Integration – Findings and Analysis
    Global Real Estate Investor Survey on ESG Integration – Findings and Analysis
    Anna Murray, Matthew Ulterino Recorded: May 22 2019 30 mins
    Following a survey led by Bentall Kennedy, REALPAC and the UNEP FI Property Working Group, a newly released report has captured findings from more than 40 leading property investors from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America with aggregate assets under management exceeding $1 trillion. The survey sought information on the extent to which investors see ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors as integral to investment and management decision-making, and attitude shifts toward ESG since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The results show that leading investors use ESG integration as part of risk management practices and a factor for increasing asset value; and that that knowledge about climate-related risks and the need to align practices with the Paris Climate Agreement objectives is growing. The webinar will present the key findings from the survey and discuss how UNEP FI is working to shift finance sector practices toward greater climate and ESG ambition.
  • Global Real Estate Investor Survey on ESG Integration – Findings and Analysis
    Global Real Estate Investor Survey on ESG Integration – Findings and Analysis
    Anna Murray, Matthew Ulterino Recorded: May 21 2019 38 mins
    Following a survey led by Bentall Kennedy, REALPAC and the UNEP FI Property Working Group, a newly released report has captured findings from more than 40 leading property investors from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America with aggregate assets under management exceeding $1 trillion. The survey sought information on the extent to which investors see ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors as integral to investment and management decision-making, and attitude shifts toward ESG since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The results show that leading investors use ESG integration as part of risk management practices and a factor for increasing asset value; and that that knowledge about climate-related risks and the need to align practices with the Paris Climate Agreement objectives is growing. The webinar will present the key findings from the survey and discuss how UNEP FI is working to shift finance sector practices toward greater climate and ESG ambition.
  • Principles for Responsible Banking: Shaping the Future
    Principles for Responsible Banking: Shaping the Future
    UNEP FI | Founding Banks Recorded: Apr 17 2019 82 mins
    The banking industry represented by leading UNEP FI member banks worldwide have set out to develop global Principles for Responsible Banking that will define the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on Climate Change to help shape a sustainable future.

    UNEP FI and the Founding Banks will be hosting an informative webinar to present and explain the Principles for Responsible Banking, including their target-setting and accountability requirements, and to get your feedback.
  • Launch of the UNEP FI Energy Efficiency Finance Platform
    Launch of the UNEP FI Energy Efficiency Finance Platform
    David Tine, VP Complex Client Group-Energy, Munich Re/HSB | Martin Schoenberg, Energy Efficiency Project Coordinator, UNEP FI Recorded: Mar 28 2019 44 mins
    Energy efficiency is one of the most concrete actions financial institutions can take to advance their sustainability performance and tap into the trillions of USD of energy inefficient assets. It is also increasingly on the radar of financial regulators as they consider an adjustment of capital adequacy requirements for certain types of energy efficient financial products. Real estate, which is the largest source of global stored wealth, is strongly affected by energy efficiency. With more than 230 billion USD of new investment every year, energy efficiency is almost as large a market as renewable energy.

    The UNEP FI Energy Efficiency Finance Platform will provide for an exchange of information between financial institutions across banking, investment and insurance and across distinct economic sectors such as real estate and industry. It builds on and is synergetic with existing UNEP FI projects in scaling up energy efficiency finance, such as ongoing collaborations at EU level (EEFIG) and in the G20 (G20 EEFTG).

    The webinar will formally launch the platform, introduce its working mode, core members, and offer an opportunity for financial institutions to jointly discuss how to bring the energy efficiency finance market to further scale.
  • Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework (Afternoon Session)
    Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework (Afternoon Session)
    UNEP FI Recorded: Feb 28 2019 67 mins
    The webinar will introduce the newly launched Positive Impact investment framework for property owners and asset/investment managers. This is part of a suite of resources from UNEP FI to address the SDG financing gap and shift financing practices so that environmental, social and economic impacts are fully considered, intended and measured in investment activities.
  • Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework (Morning Session)
    Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework (Morning Session)
    UNEP FI Recorded: Feb 28 2019 50 mins
    The webinar will introduce the newly launched Positive Impact investment framework for property owners and asset/investment managers. This is part of a suite of resources from UNEP FI to address the SDG financing gap and shift financing practices so that environmental, social and economic impacts are fully considered, intended and measured in investment activities.
  • Launch of natural capital risk tool and framework for financial institutions
    Launch of natural capital risk tool and framework for financial institutions
    Anders Nordheim Recorded: Feb 21 2019 60 mins
    Human activities are accelerating environmental changes, notably in the form of climate change, pollution, and habitat loss. These environmental changes can lead to adverse consequences for businesses and for the financial institutions that provide services to them as the conditions for economic activities change. Financial institutions wishing to understand and assess their exposure to these risks need comprehensive and systematic information on how businesses depend on the environment and the consequences they face when that relationship is disrupted by environmental change.

    For this reason the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the MAVA Foundation, has come up with tools and insights to help practitioners identify material natural capital risks and opportunities within their portfolios and integrate these considerations into financial decision making. The webinar will provide an overview of the recently launched ENCORE tool (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure). It also marks the official online launch of the NCFA’s latest report produced by PwC, which applies the ENCORE tool to develop a natural capital assessment framework for enhanced portfolio risk management in banks.
  • Frameworks for Positive Impact Finance: holistic impact analysis for corporates
    Frameworks for Positive Impact Finance: holistic impact analysis for corporates
    Marie-Aimee Boury | Careen Abb | Jérôme Lavigne-Delville Recorded: Jan 22 2019 64 mins
    This webinar helps financial institutions understand how to apply a holistic positive impact lens to portfolios or products for corporates with unspecified use of proceed via a recently released Model Framework.
    This Framework serves as a basis for a new Working Group on holistic impact analysis, which brings together financial institutions to test the framework with real cases and share learnings.
    The Model Frameworks are the tools through which the PI Principles are interpreted and implemented. They are developed by the PI Initiative to guide the delivery of Positive Impact financial products and for ongoing portfolio monitoring. Financial institutions can use them to develop or adapt their own frameworks. Auditors, analysts and other stakeholders can use them to verify or provide opinions on the PI nature of financial products.

    Speakers:
    Marie-Aimee Boury, Managing Director, Impact Based Finance, Société Générale
    Careen Abb, Lead, Positive Impact Initiative, UNEP FI
    Jérôme Lavigne-Delville, Senior Manager, Catalyzing Financial Innovation for the SDGs, UN Global Compact
  • European Commission Technical Expert Group: Call for Feedback on the EU Taxonomy
    European Commission Technical Expert Group: Call for Feedback on the EU Taxonomy
    Elodie Feller | Nathan Fabian | Martin Spolc Recorded: Dec 17 2018 61 mins
    The Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance set up by the Commission in July 2018 has launched a call for feedback on EU action to develop a unified EU-wide classification system – or taxonomy – for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

    The call for feedback aims to help the Technical Expert Group engage with a broad range of stakeholders and experts and will close on 22 February 2019.
    Find out more: https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/sustainable-finance-taxonomy_en

    This Webinar will provide background and guidance on the feedback process to support stakeholders and experts interested in contributing.

    Presented by:

    • Martin Spolc, Head of Unit, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission
    • Nathan Fabian, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, PRI, Chair of the TEG Taxonomy Working Group
    • Elodie Feller, Investment Programme Lead, UNEP FI, Observer in the Technical Expert Group

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