It is widely recognised that today's financial system does not actively reward long-term thinking. Often, it can actually work against efforts to build a sustainable economy.
CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance is a research, education and practice hub on financial market reform to help governments, financial institutions and businesses build a sustainable financial system. Its work is underpinned by insights from CISL’s finance sector business groups, made up of leaders from over 50 financial institutions across five continents.
ClimateWise comprises 29 leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers and industry service providers who share a commitment to reducing the impact of climate change on society, as well as the insurance industry.
Some of the world’s largest banks working to lead their industry in directing capital towards environmentally and socially sustainable economic development.
Leading investment managers and asset owners with over US $5 trillion under management working to help shift the investment chain towards responsible, long-term value creation.
Traditional response to rising levels of risk – to re-price, withdraw or transfer exposure to others – will always remain a central feature of how insurance manages its risk pools. However, society will struggle to reduce the climate risk protection gap – the growing divide between total economic and insured losses – if the insurance industry’s response to climate change is limited to avoiding, rather than managing the risk. Managing societal resilience to climate change will therefore become more important as exposure intensifies.
In response, ClimateWise’s Societal Resilience Programme, of which this study is part, brings ClimateWise members together with a range of stakeholders to identify actionable solutions for how the insurance industry can support society’s transition to a zero carbon, climate-resilient economy. It explores this via the industry’s investment activities.
October 2014, report – The BEI’s focus to date has been driving sustainability standards into banking products and services by working with groups of leading customers. Its work in soft commodity supply chains has seen banks aligning with clients to develop commercially viable trade finance products and services that incentivise sustainable resource management. However, it has always been clear that those who regulate the financial system have a role to play in identifying and mitigating the potentially destabilising effects of environmental risks across the banking system as a whole.
September 2014 – Barclays Chief Executive Antony Jenkins led a group of representatives of global banks meeting in Hong Kong on June 24, 2014 to explore ways that banks can work with companies to promote sustainable means of production, starting with agricultural commodities.
May 2014 – Investors are uniquely placed to support economic activity that enhances the environment, sustains livelihoods and contributes to economic stability. And with thousands of signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, support for these values has never been stronger. The imperative now is to convert ambition into effective investment practice.
Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit: A financing solution to incentivise sustainable commodity trade
January 2014 – The first tangible result of the ‘Soft Commodities’ Compact has been produced. The BEI’s Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit is a financing solution that can be used by banks to incentivise the international trade of sustainably produced commodities. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has confirmed it will offer preferential terms for this type of shipment to its partner banks, offering the potential reductions in the cost of capital.
ClimateWise Thought Leadership: A one in ten chance: As risk experts do insurers really communicate risk effectively?
July 2013 – Exploring how the perception of risk affects customer responses to climate risk. How risk is perceived is key to whether people take action to manage risk. Advertisers use insights from behavioural science all the time but it is not often considered when looking at responses to unexpected events.