Banks and UN launch sustainable investment framework
United Nations, together with 19 banks and investors worldwide (totalling $6.6 trillion in assets), have launched “a global framework aimed at channelling the money they manage towards clean, low carbon and inclusive projects”.
The framework – The Principles for Positive Impact Finance – is a first of its kind set of criteria for investments to be considered sustainable, says the UN.
It spans different business lines, including retail and wholesale lending, corporate and investment lending and asset management.
“The principles provide guidance for financiers and investors to analyse, monitor and disclose the social, environmental and economic impacts of the financial products and services they deliver,” explains the UN.
“Achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) – the global action plan to end poverty, combat climate change and protect the environment – is expected to cost $5-7 trillion every year through 2030,” says Eric Usher, head of the UN Environment Finance Initiative.
He describes the new framework as “a game changer”.
The principles were developed by the Positive Impact Working Group, a group of UN Environment Finance Initiative banking and investment members, as part of the implementation of the roadmap outlined in the Positive Impact Manifesto released in October 2015.
The Positive Impact Working Group includes:
- Australian Ethical
- Banco Itaú
- BNP Paribas
- BMCE Bank of Africa
- Caisse des Dépôts Group
- Desjardins Group
- First Rand
- Hermes Investment Management
- Pax World
- Piraeus Bank
- Société Générale
- Standard Bank
- Triodos Bank
- YES Bank
Séverin Cabannes, deputy CEO of Société Générale, says the Principles for Positive Impact Finance provide “an ambitious yet practical framework” to banks and financial institutions worldwide.
“With global challenges such as climate change, population growth and resource scarcity accelerating, there is an increased urgency for the finance sector both to adapt and to help bring about the necessary changes in our economic and business models,” Cabannes states.
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