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Let’s Discuss Climate: The essential guide to bank-client engagement

5 May 2021

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) Banking Environment Initiative has published a new guide to bank-client engagement, which aims to address the need for a market-wide transformation in how banks and their corporate clients interact.

New action plan for banks to halt deforestation unveiled by University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

6 January 2021

12 January 2021 – A new report outlines how banks can take steps to accelerate the reduction and reversal of deforestation leading to greater stability for nature, climate and the economy.

Bank 2030: Accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy

30 January 2020

30 January 2020 – This report authored by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) Banking Environment Initative (BEI) highlights the need for banks to develop an ‘active mindset’ in order to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.

Banking sector ‘active mindset’ key to accelerating response to climate crisis

20 January 2020

30 January 2020 – A new report from the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) highlights the need for the banking sector to develop an ‘active mindset’ in order to accelerate the transition to a net zero carbon economy. Pioneering banks have started to adopt this mindset, approaching the decarbonisation of the economy as a strategic opportunity.

Trado: New technologies to fund fairer, more transparent supply chains

19 August 2019

17 September 2019 – There is a growing understanding of the transformative potential of harnessing digital innovation and financial technologies to improve the sustainability of global supply chains. This report details the learnings and methodology of the collaborative project Trado, convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Understanding investments’ sustainability performance to enable more sustainable investment choices

12 October 2018

October 2018 – The concept note proposes a new approach that would help pension beneficiaries make better decisions regarding the sustainability performance of their pensions.

New green trade finance platform will support China’s Belt & Road trade initiative

18 December 2017

December 2017 – A landmark agreement amongst Chinese stakeholders to form a pre-competitive, industry level platform for green trade finance in China was made at a high level summit convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI). China has the largest trading volumes in the world, as well as being a major importer of commodities produced around the world. Commitments to green trade finance made at this summit have the potential to trigger change of global significance.

Blue chips and startups launch new fintech pilot for more sustainable supply chains at the One Planet Summit

5 December 2017

12 December 2017 – Six international companies and banks and four fintech startups today announced a pioneering new initiative that will test whether blockchain and other technologies can help unlock financial incentives that reward sustainability in supply chains.

10 recommendations for using fintech to help solve sustainability challenges in new report from CISL

7 November 2017

November 2017 –The Fintech Taskforce, convened by CISL’s Banking Environment Initiative, today presents its recommendations on how to design collaboration between multinationals, financial institutions and starts-ups to help solve critical global challenges.

CISL publishes a report on fintech

23 October 2017

25 October 2017 – CISL publishes a report on fintech for sustainability focusing on how the potential of fintech can be applied to sustainability challenges in the real economy. Specifically, it highlights the need for industry-level collaboration between financial institutions, corporates and smaller-sized innovators and provides recommendations on how this can be achieved.