Sustainable blue finance: From guidance to practice

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Dennis Fritsch, Sustainable Blue Finance Lead, UNEP FI

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Life Below Water, Sustainable Development Goal 14, is among the least funded of the SDGs, despite a healthy ocean being critical to combat climate change and for sustainable development globally. Interest to align approaches with SDG 14 is rising among banks, investors and insurers globally. However, a reliable track record of projects and deals with a clear sustainability focus is so far lacking. The importance of knowledge-sharing and peer-learning in the transition to a sustainable blue economy cannot be overstated. To overcome this roadblock and start building a track record of “blue finance” approaches, this event aims to showcase the practical actions taken by financial institutions towards implementing the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles and associated Turning the Tide Guidance. Four leading institutions engaging with sustainable blue finance will introduce a case study ahead of a live Q&A session. The event will mark the launch of the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative’s case studies portfolio. Speakers: - Dennis Fritsch, Sustainable Blue Finance Lead, UNEP FI - Lucy Holmes, Senior Programme Manager in Seafood Finance, WWF - Fleur Parkinson, Asia Regional ESG Manager, Climate Fund Managers - Alpa Bhattacharjee, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC - Vemund Olsen, Sustainable Investments Senior Analyst, Storebrand - Jean Zanuttini, President, Neoline Visit the Sustainable Blue Finance webpage and read more about our member's cases studies. https://www.unepfi.org/blue-finance/resources/case-studies/

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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.