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Banking Environment Initiative

The Chief Executives of some of the world’s largest banks created the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) in 2010. Its mission is to lead the banking industry in collectively directing capital towards environmentally and socially sustainable economic development.

    The Banking Environment Initiative is convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which also provides the Secretariat. Decisions and positions of the group do not represent the policies or positions of CISL or of the wider University of Cambridge.

    Programme

    Sustainable agricultural supply chains

    The Soft Commodities Compact is a unique client-led initiative that aims to mobilise the banking industry as a whole to contribute to transforming soft commodity supply chains and help clients achieve zero net deforestation by 2020.

    The Sustainable Trade Finance Council (STFC) aims to leverage banks’ role as facilitators of international trade and thereby accelerate the transition to a world where importing sustainably produced commodities, at scale, is a new market norm.

    Fintech for sustainability

    The BEI’s work on Fintech for Sustainability started with its Fintech Taskforce.

    This Taskforce has published a series of recommendations on the fundamental design questions related to how multinational companies, financial institutions and entrepreneurs should work together to harness fintech to help solve sustainability challenges in the real world. These recommendations are currently being implemented.

    Financial regulation for sustainability

    The BEI engages in the regulatory debate, including the EU and China, to evolve a level playing field for sustainable business models.

    For example, the BEI has served as a Knowledge Partner to the G20 Green Finance Study Group and is represented on the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.

    Banking in the low carbon economy

    The BEI’s work in the low carbon economy aims to enable banks to protect and deliver value derived from the zero carbon economy.

    Bank 2030 is the first initiative to drive this agenda. It will produce a banking roadmap for how the banking sector can accelerate financing the low carbon transition and provide practice guidance for Chief Executives and professionals on banking that supports the transition to a low carbon economy. 

     

    Latest news


    Greening the finance of China’s commodity imports

    5 November 2015 – This week, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) and the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing will be holding the first in a series of workshops focusing on ‘Greening the finance of China’s commodity imports’.

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    Banking Environment Initiative co-convenes roundtable on Green Bonds with investors and issuers

    22 October 2015 – The banks of the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI), together with the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and Clarmondial, convened a roundtable to discuss the Climate Bonds Standard for Investments in Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU). The event was hosted in London by Northern Trust Asset Management.

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    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.

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    Ten international banks commit to finance sustainable agricultural commodities by 2020

    3 July 2015 – Standard Chartered Bank today become the tenth bank to formally adopt the Soft Commodities Compact, which aligns the banking industry with The Consumer Goods Forum’s resolution to help achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.

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    Professor Alexander presents key findings on the report 'Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform'

    June 2015 – Professor Kern Alexander, lead author of ‘Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing from Basel III?’ gave a 10-minute overview of the main conclusions of his report at the Cambridge Expert Dialogue in April 2015.

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