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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


    BEI initiates work on green bonds

    16 June 2015 – As part of expanding its programme of work, the BEI is exploring the value it can add in enabling the stable growth of the green bonds market, itself a powerful contribution to the BEI’s mission to direct capital towards socially and environmentally sustainable economic development.

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    The Banking Environment Initiative forms ‘Sustainable Trade Finance’ Council

    9 June 2015 – Building on the pilot Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit for palm oil, the BEI has now formed a ‘Sustainable Trade Finance’ Council.

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    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.

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    Business case for sustainable timber: WWF highlights bank-corporate 'Soft Commodities' Compact

    24 April 2015 – WWF’s Chief Economics Adviser in the UK highlights 'Soft Commodities' Compact between Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) and Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) as an example of global business leadership.

    Business case for sustainable timber: WWF highlights bank-corporate 'Soft Commodities' Compact - Read More…