Launch of UNEP FI Impact Analysis Tools (PM)

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UNEP FI is launching two hands-on tool prototypes that will enable banks, investors and their service providers to implement a holistic approach to impact. The Corporate Impact Analysis Tool helps banks and investors gain a cross-cutting view of their client and investee companies’ impact status by identifying a companies’ impact profile based on the reality of its business activities and the needs of the countries in which it operates, whether for sourcing, production or sales. By taking a holistic view, current impacts can be identified and assessed more strategically whilst working to reduce negative impacts and increase positive impacts. This kind of analysis will help transform business models, driving up the private sector’s effectiveness in contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. The Portfolio Impact Analysis Tool for Banks is designed to guide banks through an analysis of their portfolios. The tools, developed jointly with signatories of the newly launched Principles for Responsible Banking, will help banks have a global view of their own business and what impact themes to focus on as a matter of priority, based on the impact profile of their portfolios and the impact needs of the countries they are active in. The analysis will allow banks to set targets where it matters in order to drive their contribution to society’s goals. Working with clients will be key for achieving targets that make significant contributions to society. For this, the two tools can helpfully be used in tandem.

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United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between United Nations Environment and the global financial sector created in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit with a mission to promote sustainable finance. More than 240 financial institutions, including banks, insurers, and investors, work with UN Environment to understand today’s environmental, social and governance challenges, why they matter to finance, and how to actively participate in addressing them. UNEP FI’s work also includes a strong focus on policy – by facilitating country-level dialogues between finance practitioners, supervisors, regulators and policy-makers, and, at the international level, by promoting financial sector involvement in processes such as the global climate negotiations.