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A financing solution to incentivise sustainable commodity trade
29 April 2014 – Following the launch of the BEI’s Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit (LC) at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, the BEI has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to enable preferential treatment for trade in agricultural goods that meet internationally-recognised sustainability standards.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
The BEI-CGF Soft Commodities Compact is released
2 April 2014 – The ‘Soft Commodities’ Compact, a unique, client-led initiative that aims to mobilise the banking industry as a whole to contribute to transforming soft commodity supply chains – and therefore help clients achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 – is now available.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
University of Cambridge research investigates bank regulation
24 January 2014 – A new research project as been established to investigate whether financial sector regulation in its current form could actually be increasing financial sector risk by failing to take adequate account of both positive and negative environmental externalities that affect financial stability.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
The White House: BEI joins consumer goods giants to brief Obama Administration on incentivising sustainable agricultural commodity production
4 December 2013 – Represented by Jeremy Wilson, Vice Chairman of Corporate Banking at Barclays and Chair of the BEI’s Working Group, the BEI joined Chief Executives of Consumer Goods Forum companies Unilever, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Royal Ahold & Co, SC Johnson, Walmart and Cargill to brief the Obama Administration on how BEI banks and CGF companies are working together to drive deforestation out of supply chains.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
Presenting a model for incentivising the trade of sustainably produced commodities
September 2013 – The organisers of GTR’s Asia Trade Finance Week – the largest trade finance conference for companies, trading houses, banks and insurers in Asia – asked the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the banks of the Banking Environment Initiative to present the concept we have been developing for a ‘Sustainable Shipment’ model that would offer financial incentives for the trade of sustainably produced commodities, including agricultural commodities like palm oil, soy, timber products and beef.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
BEI explores ‘Fossil Fuel Diversification Premium’ to advance clean energy investment in New York
22 April 2013 – At a private dinner at The Harvard Club in New York City, the BEI and Bloomberg New Energy Finance convened executives from major US, European and Chinese electric utilities with senior energy bankers to advance its collaboration on clean energy investment.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
BEI ‘Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit’ concept warmly received by BAFT-IFSA and ICC Banking Commission
April 2013 – The BEI’s inaugural Forum in London in November 2012 inspired an idea for integrating commodity-specific sustainability standards into the documentary trade finance process. This could prove to be a key enabler in the emergence of verifiably sustainable commodities on traded markets.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
BEI Forum 2012
November 2012 – The first results of the BEI's innovative bank–corporate partnerships for sustainability were shared at the inaugural BEI Forum in London. More than 120 people attended, including the senior leadership of BEI banks and representatives of other banks from as far afield as China and the US.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
Royal Bank of Scotland becomes the Banking Environment Initiative’s 11th Member
1 June 2015 – In April, the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) welcomed its newest member, Royal Bank of Scotland, to its membership of 11 global banks working to lead the banking industry in directing capital towards socially and environmentally sustainable economic development.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News
Financial Stability and Environmental Sustainability: Briefing for policymakers
15 September 2015 – Ahead of a series of meetings of central banks and financial regulators in September, CISL and partners have issued a briefing for policymakers to summarise the current thinking on the links between financial stability and environmental (and social) risks.
Located in Business Action / / Banking Environment Initiative / News