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The BEI Forum 2014, Hong Kong

19 November 2014

24 June 2014 – Over 100 representatives of banks, consumer goods companies, agricultural producers and NGOs attended the BEI Forum 2014 in Hong Kong. The event was opened by Antony Jenkins, CEO of Barclays. He was followed by more than 20 speakers in keynotes and panels.

A financing solution to incentivise sustainable commodity trade

19 November 2014

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.

BEI Forum 2012

14 November 2014

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.

BEI ‘Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit’ concept warmly received by BAFT-IFSA and ICC Banking Commission

14 November 2014

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.

BEI explores ‘Fossil Fuel Diversification Premium’ to advance clean energy investment in New York

14 November 2014

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.

Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?

14 November 2014

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.

Banking Environment Initiative Forum – 24 June 2014

28 October 2014

Embargoed: HKT 24 June 2014 Downloadable pdf Global banks collaborate with consumer goods companies to promote sustainable production of agricultural commodities at Banking Environment Initiative Forum Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins to address Hong Kong conference linking banking and sustainability...

An Options Approach to Unlocking Investment in Clean Energy

23 October 2014

November 2012 – A group of six Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) banks and six energy companies argue in this paper that using traditional investment valuation models is not always the best approach for valuing clean energy investments.

Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit: A financing solution to incentivise sustainable commodity trade

23 October 2014

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.