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

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

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.


Read more at: New action plan for banks to halt deforestation unveiled by University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
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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.


Read more at: Banking sector ‘active mindset’ key to accelerating response to climate crisis
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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.


Read more at: Understanding investments’ sustainability performance to enable more sustainable investment choices

Understanding investments’ sustainability performance to enable more sustainable investment choices

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


Read more at: Catalysing Fintech for Sustainability: Lessons from multi-sector innovation

Catalysing Fintech for Sustainability: Lessons from multi-sector innovation

October 2017 – This report presents recommendations on how to design collaboration between multinationals, financial institutions and start-ups in order to better harness fintech to help solve sustainability challenges in the real economy.


Read more at: Greening the finance of China’s commodity imports: Lessons from practice

Greening the finance of China’s commodity imports: Lessons from practice

September 2016 – At the invitation of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the Banking Environment Initiative worked with the Chinese banking industry to ask whether it is possible to green the finance of China’s commodity imports, and thereby address the risks associated with unsustainable agricultural production.


Read more at: Incentivising the trade of sustainably produced commodities

Incentivising the trade of sustainably produced commodities

April 2016 – This discussion paper explores how to scale up the role that banks can play in supporting the shift towards sustainable soft commodity supply chains.


Read more at: How do Banks Finance Commodity Supply Chains?

How do Banks Finance Commodity Supply Chains?

21 January 2015 – How do Banks Finance Commodity Supply Chains? And how could they support the growth of sustainable production?


Read more at: Banking Environment Initiative Forum 2014 Conference Report

Banking Environment Initiative Forum 2014 Conference Report

September 2014 – Barclays Chief Executive Antony Jenkins led a group of representatives of global banks meeting in Hong Kong on June 24, 2014 to explore ways that banks can work with companies to promote sustainable means of production, starting with agricultural commodities.