United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
UNEP work encompasses: assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends; developing international and national environmental instruments; strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.
UNEP Financial Initiative is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance.
Principles for Responsible Investment
The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices.
The Equator Principles is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects.
It is primarily intended to provide a minimum standard for due diligence to support responsible risk decision-making.
Currently 81 Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs) in 36 countries have officially adopted the EPs, covering over 70 percent of international Project Finance debt in emerging markets.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.
GRI have pioneered sustainability reporting since the late 1990s, transforming it from a niche practice to one now adopted by a growing majority of organizations.
GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards are foundational to this success. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most widely used standards on sustainability reporting and disclosure, enabling businesses, governments, civil society and citizens to make better decisions based on information that matters. In fact, 93% of the world’s largest 250 corporations report on their sustainability performance.
Eurosif is the pan-European sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) membership organisation whose mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets. Eurosif works as a partnership of Europe-based national Sustainable Investment Forums (SIFs) with the direct support of their network which spans across over 400 Europe-based organisations drawn from the sustainable investment industry value chain.
European SRI Transparency Code
Tracing its roots to the European Transparency Guidelines unveiled in 2004, the European SRI Transparency Code , first launched in May 2008, primarily aims at increasing accountability and clarity of SRI practices for European investors.
The principle driving the Code is that asset manager signatories should be open and honest, and disclose accurate, adequate and timely information to enable stakeholders, in particular retail investors, to understand the policies and practices of a given SRI fund. The Code focuses on SRI funds distributed publicly in Europe and has been designed to cover a range of asset classes.
As of December 2013, more than 500 funds from over 50 signatories have adopted the Code. This compares with a total of 884 SRI funds publicly distributed in Europe. The Code has also been made a mandatory requirement by a number of national SRI labels or trade associations in Europe. Interest in the Code continues to grow and as a further step in their implementation, Eurosif wishes to improve the responding process and visibility of the Transparency Code and the funds’ responses.
Towards this objective, Eurosif has created a logo specific to the Transparency Code which can be used by signatories once their responses to the Code have been updated and reviewed by their national Sustainable Investment Forum.
Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA)
The Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) is the leading association in Asia dedicated to promoting sustainable finance across the region.
For over 10 years, ASrIA has provided leadership, helped to build capacity and leveraged the expertise to promote the development of sustainable financial markets and systems in Asia.
World Resource Institute
World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization created in 1982 that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the United States. More than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Maurice Strong, then Secretary General of the Rio summit, invited Mr. Schmidheiny to coordinate the business participation in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Its success lead to a book, Changing Course: A global business perspective on development and the environment, which gathers the expertise of more than 50 global business leaders to show how the business community can achieve environmental protection coupled with economic growth.
Following the summit, Schmidheiny and his fellow business partners concluded that to keep up the momentum that had been created, it was necessary to keep the cooperation alive. In 1995, the Council merged with the World Industry Council on the Environment and opened its secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland: the WBCSD was born. A second office in Washington DC, United States was opened in 2007.
Today, the WBCSD has some 200 members drawn from more than 35 countries and 20 major industrial sectors, involving some 1,000 business leaders globally. The Council also comprises a Regional Network of 60 national and regional partner organizations – called Business Councils for Sustainable Development (BCSDs) – mostly located in developing countries.
US SIF – The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
US SIF – The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.
UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) is the membership association for sustainable and responsible financial services
Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF)
Swiss Sustainable Finance (“SSF”) was created to promote sustainability in the Swiss financial market, and strengthen Switzerland’s position as a leading worldwide centre for sustainable finance. SSF brings together financial and non-financial service providers, investors, universities and business schools, public sector entities and other interested organizations, providing a platform to foster the integration of sustainability principles into all financial services.
Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG)
SFG is an association that establishes Geneva as the center for innovation in sustainable finance by engaging individuals and harnessing collective intelligence.
In 2008, some fifteen professionals decided to join forces and launch an exchange platform where stakeholders in the Geneva ecosystem could meet: this led to the creation of Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG). These professionals share the conviction that Geneva is in a unique position to promote innovation and development in sustainable finance. Their non-profit organization has strong convictions and aims to bring together a variety of personalities and expertise in complementary areas such as asset management, investment funds, microfinance, international organizations, ESG analysis and philanthropy.
Beyond the regular information and studies the organization produces on various themes related to sustainable finance, SFG has organized numerous conferences and discussions with national and international experts.
Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA)
GSIA is a collaboration of membership-based sustainable investment organizations around the world. The GSIA’s mission is to deepen the impact and visibility of sustainable investment organizations at the global level.
Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.
Ceres mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.
Founded by a small group of investors in 1989 in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Ceres has been working for more than 20 years to weave sustainable strategies and practices into the fabric and decision-making of companies, investors and other key economic players.
Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) is a forum for collaboration on climate change for investors.
IIGCC provides investors with a collaborative platform to encourage public policies, investment practices, and corporate behaviour that address long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change.
UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact has been launched by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2000. It is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals.
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG)
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen is the industry association promoting sustainable investment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It has over 150 corporate members, including banks, investment management companies, insurance companies, rating agencies, investment companies, asset managers, financial advisers and NGOs, and around 30 individual members.
The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) works to create a sustainable capital market, a market that considers not only financial criteria but also non-financial, social and environmental criteria. VBDO’s vision is to increase sustainability awareness among companies and investors.
Forum pour l’investissement responsable (FIR)
Forum pour l’investissement Responsable is an association based in Paris.Considering the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) as a generator of positive impacts for companies and society, the FIR corporate purpose is to promote socially responsible investment (SRI) at national and European level to encourage the actors to integrate sustainability issues into their investment process.
Norsk foru for ansvarlige og baerekraftige investeringer (norsif) is an independent association of asset owners and asset managers, service providers and industry associations with interest in, and activities related to, responsible and sustainable investments. As a professional forum Norsif aims to promote and contribute to the development of the field of responsible investment and increase awareness of responsible and sustainable investment practices in the Norwegian financial industry and among other stakeholders.
Il Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile
Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a culture of social responsibility in the practice of financial investment in Italy through disseminating information and knowledge, elaborating innovative proposals to investors and policy-makers, promoting cultural growth and improving professional competencies, and furthering dialogue between different stakeholders.
Swesif is an independent association that has its purpose in sustainable investment and its mandate in the breadth and representativeness of its members. Activities are funded through membership and seminar fees from participants who are not members of Swesif.
Responsible Investment Association Australasia (riaa)
The Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) is the peak industry body representing responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand. RIAA has over 150 members who manage more than $500 billion in assets under management, including super funds, fund managers, consultants, researchers, brokers, impact investors, property managers, community banks, community trusts, religious groups, financial advisers and individuals.
JSIF was launched in early 2001 in order to promote SRI in Japan. It was aimed to be a neutral organization similar to American or European social investment forums. In 2003, JSIF started preparing to become a Not for Profit Organization (NPO). JSIF received support from some investors, corporations, and financial institutions, and acquired the corporate status of NPO in June 2004. JSIF offers an interactive space to exchange opinions and learning opportunities for people and institutions that are related or interested in SRI. It also encourages companies to disclose more non-financial information and aims at developing a sound SRI market in Japan.
Dansif was founded on 24 November 2008 at the initiative of a number of institutional investors and advisors. The objective is to spread and exchange experiences among the members of the Society as well as to facilitate a diversified debate on ESG. Dansif is open for institutional investors (pension funds, unit trusts and others) as well as other organisations with activities in Denmark and a substantial interest in ESG.