Banking Environment Initiative (BEI)

A group of global banks committed to pioneering actionable pathways towards a sustainable economy.

Community development finance institution (CDFI)

Private institutions dedicated to providing affordable debt finance (loans) to individuals, third-sector organisations and businesses from low-income or otherwise disadvantaged communities.

Custodian

A bank or professional service provider that safeguards financial assets for companies and their investors to minimize the risk of theft or loss.

Equator Principles

A risk management framework applied by a number of international financial institutions to ensure that projects are developed in a manner compliant with international standards on environmental and social issues.

EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)

A set of EU rules which aim to make the sustainability profile of funds more comparable and better understood by end-investors.

European Sustainable Investment Forum (EuroSIF)

The leading European sustainable and responsible investment organisation whose mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets.

Greenwashing

Falsely communicating or giving the impression that a product, service or organisation is more environmentally friendly than it is in fact.

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

A member of the World Bank Group and the largest development institution specialising in the private sectors of developing countries.

International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)

The international body that brings together the world’s securities regulators and is recognised as the global standard setter for the securities sector.

Positive impact finance

Based on a unique theory of impact, UNEP FI works with its members and with peer sustainability initiatives to mainstream impact analysis and management in business and finance as the cornerstone to closing the $2.5 trillion SDG funding gap.

Principles for Positive Impact Finance

A paper providing guidance for financiers and investors to analyse, monitor and disclose the social, environmental and economic impacts of the financial products and services they deliver.

Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB)

A unique framework for ensuring that signatory banks’ strategy and practice align with the vision society has set out for its future in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking

A framework to ensure that signatory banks’ strategy and practice align with the vision society has set out for its future in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.