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  • + COURSES, TRAININGS ONLINE AND WEBINARS Open or Close
    Institution Name Program Overview of Course Course Level (select all that apply) Course Fees (if applicable) Course Dates & Location Contact Information Website

    IFC

    E-Learning Course on Managing Environmental and Social Performance

    This course is focused on environmental and social performance and risk management. This course consists of four 15-minute modules within a single container module. At the end of each module, the participant needs to answer at least 4 out of 6 questions correctly to receive your certificate of completion.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Free

    Virtual, any time

    dennaboulssi@ifc.org

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    IFC

    Updated Sustainability Training and E-Learning Program (STEP)

    This program has been designed for managers and staff of financial institutions (FIs) including banks, private equity funds, leasing companies and microfinance institutions and is available in English, French and Russian. STEP is based on the face to face Competitive Business Advantage (CBA) training which IFC has been offering to financial institutions since 1997. This free e-training represents the next generation of products designed to help financial institutions better understand sustainable finance, social and environmental risk management and explore sustainability-related business opportunities.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Free

    Virtual, any time

    dennaboulssi@ifc.org

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    IFC

    Environmental and Social Management Systems and Tools for Financial Institutions Financing SMEs

    Presented by IFC expert Sandra Abiola on April 9, 2015, this one hour webinar offered an overview of the business case for sound environmental and social risk management. It focused on Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) and E&S due diligence tools for financial institutions providing financing to SMEs, and discussed practical solutions to implementation challenges commonly faced by financial institutions in this area.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Free

    Virtual, any time

    AskSustainability@ifc.org

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    IFC

    IFC Performance Standards 101

    Presented by IFC expert Reidar Kvam on February 25, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides an overview of each of the Performance Standards and how they address challenging issues that are increasingly important to sustainable businesses, including labor and working conditions, stakeholder engagement, supply chain management, resource efficiency, and climate change. 

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Free

    Virtual, any time

    AskSustainability@ifc.org

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    IFC

    WBG: Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines 101

    "Presented by IFC expert Gaël Grégoire on March 25, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides a general introduction and overview of the EHS Guidelines. It addresses the following: What are the EHS Guidelines? What are the guiding principles of EHS Guidelines? Who uses the EHS Guidelines? How to use the EHS Guidelines? How are the EHS Guidelines revised and updated?"

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Free

    Virtual, any time

    AskSustainability@ifc.org

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    IFC

    Webinar on Corporate Governance

    Presented by IFC expert Roman Zyla on May 19, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides an overview of the five key corporate governance issues to look for when assessing a company's commitment to corporate governance. It will also provide an overview of the Framework and how it aims to help development finance institutions assess the quality of corporate governance at the companies in which they invest.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Free

    Virtual, any time

    AskSustainability@ifc.org

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    IFC

    E Institute (Webinars and Courses on various E&S topics)

    A unique global portal is designed to support self-motivated learners who want to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skills, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities. Trainings on various topics.  

    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Free

    Virtual, any time

    Tel (202) 473-7141

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    EBRD

    Environmental and Social Issues in Trade

    This course represents 2 hours of structured online training in environmental and social (E&S) issues in trade. The objective of this training course is to provide a firm understanding of the E&S issues that are impacting on trade, the risks involved for banks, and the policies and procedures developed by the EBRD to mitigate these risks

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    99 Euro

    Virtual

    e-Learning@ebrd.com

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    EBRD

    E&S training for Financial Intermediaries

    Training is delivered through a one-day interactive workshop for staff from financial intermediaries involved in credit risk management. The workshop demonstrates simple steps to take to integrate environmental and social risk management procedures into transaction appraisals. Training takes place at the financial intermediary's offices and is paid for by the EBRD.

    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer

    Free

    In person; dates vary

    ESFITraining@ebrd.com.

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    UNEP FI

    ESRA – E&S Risk Analysis

    The ESRA Training Programme is one of the most well-respected trainings on the topic available to practitioners around the world. Launched in 2005 the programme trained hundreds of risk managers, credit analysts and relationship managers on E&S risk analysis and E&S management in financial institutions.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer

    Fee based. Variable

    Virtual, dates vary

    training@unepfi.org

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    UNEP FI

    Corporate Eco-Efficiency in Financial Institutions

    Course on Corporate Eco-Efficiency in Financial Institutions (CEFI) seeks to train representatives of the financial sector on how to make efficient use of the resources involved in the daily internal operations of financial institutions and thus reduce their environmental footprint.  

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management

    Fee based. Variable

    Virtual, dates vary

    training@unepfi.org

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    UNEP FI

    Climate Change Online Course

    Course on climate change offered to executives and middle management from financial institutions such as banks, insurers, reinsurers, and fund managers, from both developed and developing regions.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Open

    Fee based. Variable

    Virtual, dates vary

    cc-training@unepfi.org

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    UN Global Compact

    Various topics

    Introductory, advanced and topic-specific webinars and online trainings on various topics ranging from supply chain to gender to human rights to global compact and many others.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer
    Open

    Fee based. Variable

    Virtual; Dates vary  

    cop@unglobalcompact.org

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    Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme

    Addressing risks in biodiversity

    Trainings on biodiversity for a wide range of stakeholders in the past, including companies, environmental consultants, governments and financial institutions;

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer

    Fee based

    In person, dates and locations vary

    bbop@forest-trends.org

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    GTQ

    Quantifying ESG/Sustainability: A practical methodology for valuing non-financial performance

    Workshops for CSR, Risk, and ESG professionals on quantifying Sustainability (ESG) performance. Also, trainings addressing challenges associated with building competitive advantage within four key pillars: business rationale, intelligence and strategy, management and accountability, and activation.

    Executive / Board
    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer
    Credit Officer

    Fee based

    In person, dates and locations vary

    info@gtqinternational.com

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    Global Reporting Initiative

    GRI Reporting

    Training and workshops helping organizations to measure and communicate their performance as well as manage the reporting process

    Senior Management
    Management  

    Fee based

    In person, dates and locations vary

    trainingandcoaching@globalreporting.org.

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    Social Accountability International

    SA8000

    Established and custom training courses open to various audience ranging from social auditors, buyers, suppliers to compliance managers and executives. Trainings aim at developing competency in social compliance issues and implementation of social management systems.

    Senior Management
    Management
    Compliance Officer Open

    Fee based

    In person, dates and locations vary

    training@sa-intl.org

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    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (South Africa)

    Business & Sustainability Programme

    Over three days and nights, a diverse group of senior executives from local and global firms as well as from government and civil society will discuss with Core Faculty and a range of expert contributors the implications of resource depletion and climate change, the problem of continued growth, the potential for a new economic paradigm, some of the more inspiring responses of business and the requirements of leadership in these times.

    Executive / Board

    Senior Management

    The fee for local delegates from Southern Africa is R39 500 + VAT and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates

    12th - 15th April 2015, Spier Hotel & Conference Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Magda de Kok: magda.dekok@cisl.cam.ac.uk, +2783491 8369

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    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (South Africa)

    Sustainability Practitioner Seminar

    The Sustainability Practitioner Programme enables managers in the private or public sector to influence and guide their organisation in the direction of an integrated approach to sustainability across all functions.

    Senior Management

    Management

    The fee for local delegates from Southern Africa is R14 450 +VAT and for overseas delegates is £2,250

    16–18 March 2015, Diemersfontein, Wellington, South Africa

    16–19 August 2015, Intundla, Gauteng, South Africa

    Magda de Kok: magda.dekok@cisl.cam.ac.uk, +2783491 8369

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  • + SUSTAINABLE FINANCE INITIATIVES AND NETWORKS Open or Close
    Sustainable Finance Initiative by Kenya Bankers Association Association Principles and guidelines for financial institutions in Kenya and operating in the East Africa Region VISIT WEBSITE
    Carbon principles Principles and guidelines for financial institutions due diligence processes VISIT WEBSITE
    Equator Principles Internationally recognised risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects VISIT WEBSITE
    Sustainable Banking Network  (SBN) Sustainable Banking Network primarily for central banks and banking associations VISIT WEBSITE
    The Climate Group The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit entity with a goal to realise prosperous, low carbon future through the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology.
    They work with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. We convene leaders, share hard evidence of successful low carbon growth, and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide.
    Developed the climate principles for the finance sector.
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    UNEP FI UNEP FI is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance. VISIT WEBSITE
  • + TOOLKITS AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Open or Close
    AFDB African Development Bank (AfDB) Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures Basics VISIT WEBSITE Free
    AFDB Implementing the Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguard Procedures VISIT WEBSITE Free
    AFDB Integrated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Guidelines VISIT WEBSITE Free
    BSI Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) VISIT WEBSITE Fee based
    Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) “Climate Change and Your Business” briefing note series. aimed at communicating climate change to the Kenyan private sector. The briefs were compiled by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for The Kenya Private Sector Alliance KEPSA, with support from CDKN VISIT WEBSITE Free
    CommDev Website that houses public documents, tools, case studies, training opportunities, presentations and resources produced by IFC, partners and other organizations to guide companies in the area of sustainability. It holds information on community issues related to the extractive industry, agribusiness, forestry and infrastructure sectors. VISIT WEBSITE Free
    EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) E&S Implementation Tools

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    Free
    European Union/United Nations

    Toolkit and Guidance for Preventing and Managing Land and Natural Resources Conflict

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    ESMAP/WB Energy Sector Management Assistance Programm (ESMAP/World Bank (WB) Community Development Tool VISIT WEBSITE Fee
    FIRST for Sustainability Web portal for links to relevant resources, solutions and tools concerning sustainable finance and more specifically E&S Risk Management for Financial Institutions VISIT WEBSITE Free
    FMO Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) E&S Risk Management Tool for Private Equity Funds VISIT WEBSITE Free
    FMO Microfinance and Small Medium Enterprise Sustainability Guidance E Learning Tool VISIT WEBSITE Free
    IFC E&S Assessment Toolkit VISIT WEBSITE Free
    IFC IFC Sector Fact Sheet VISIT WEBSITE Free
    IFC E&S Sustainability Valuation Tool VISIT WEBSITE Free
    IFC Environmental and Social Management System Implementation (in various industries) VISIT WEBSITE Free
    UNEP FI Online guide to Banking and Sustainabiltiy VISIT WEBSITE Free
    UNEP United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Varies topics related to sustainable finance VISIT WEBSITE Free
    UNEP FI United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Human Rights Guidance Tool for Financial Institutions; Human Rights by sector VISIT WEBSITE Free
    WBCSD The World Business Council for Sustainable Development  (WBCSD) Sustainable Forest Finance Toolkit to better manage risks related to investment in forestry VISIT WEBSITE Free
    RepRisk Global Business Intelligence on environment, social and governance (ESG) Risk VISIT WEBSITE Fee based
    United Nations (UN) Global Compact 10 guiding business principles for more responsible corporate practice. VISIT WEBSITE Free
  • + ONLINE MEDIA, THINK TANKS and NGOs Open or Close
    BankTrack Activist NGO tracking the activities of the banking sector and its impact VISIT WEBSITE
    Ecofact (UNEP FI) UNEPFI newsletter VISIT WEBSITE
    Environmental Finance Fee paying subscription based publication on sustainable finance matters VISIT WEBSITE
    Financial Times Fee paying subscription. Reports on sustainability VISIT WEBSITE
    Greenpeace Activist NGO concerned with the environment.  Has produced publications on the finance sector VISIT WEBSITE
    The Guardian Online reporting on sustainability issues VISIT WEBSITE
    Upsides FMO newsletter on sustainable finance VISIT WEBSITE
    World Resources Institute Think tank on sustainability issues VISIT WEBSITE
    WWF DOWNLOAD THE PAPER VISIT WEBSITE
  • + SECTOR & ISSUE BASED SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES, STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES Open or Close

    Agriculture

    Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

    RSPO Supply Chain Certification.

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    Agriculture

    Better Sugar Cane Initiative (BSI)

    BSI Production Standard

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    Agriculture

    Better Cotton Initiative

    Production Principles and Criteria

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    Agriculture

    4C Association for a Better Coffee World 

    Code of Conduct and Verification System

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    Agriculture

    Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

    Alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe

    Kenya Flower Project http://www.ethicaltrade.org/in-action/programmes/kenya-flower-project

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    Agriculture

    Rainforest Alliance

    Non-profit organization/certification body that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods

    Tea Production in Kenya: Impact Assessment of Two Training Models

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    Agriculture

    Biovision Africa Trust

    Organization that aims to improve the welfare of resource limited small-holder farmers in Kenya and other African countries. It supports Biovision Farmer Communication Programme (BFCP) and the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative for Africa

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    Forestry

    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

    FSC certification; Chain of custody certification

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    Forestry

    Global Forest and Trade Network

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    Forestry

    Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification  (PEFC)

    PEFC certification

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    Livestock

    Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock

    Platform for dialogue launched with Global Conference on Sustainable Beef

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    Aquaculture

    Aquaculture Stewardship Council

    Global standards development  VISIT WEBSITE

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    Aquaculture

    Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

    MSC certification scheme

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    Biofuels

    Roundtable on Sustainable Bio-fuels (RSB)

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    Hydro power

    International Hydro Power Association  Hydropower Assessment Forum

    Sustainability guidelines for hydropower projects

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    Hydro power

    World Commission on Dams

    A decision making framework for dams and development

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    Energy and Biodiversity Initiative

    Guidelines, tools and models to improve the environmental performance of energy operations

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    World Bank

    Zero Routine Flaring by 2013

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

    Conventions covering oil pollution preparedness, response and cooperation; civil liability for oil pollution damage and compensation

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

    Sustainable development framework and guidelines on various issues

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

    Tool designed to assist project planning in the extractives industries to better align project development, biodiversity impact management, financial timelines and milestones

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative

    Principles and criteria for transparency in the extractives sector

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    The Natural Resource Charter

    A set of principles for governments and societies on how best to manage the opportunities created by natural resources for development

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    Extractives – oil & gas, mining

    IPIECA

    The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issue

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    Biodiversity

    High Conservation Value (HVC)Resource Network

    High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment –developed by FSC.

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    Biodiversity

    Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES )

    International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

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    Biodiversity

    RAMSAR Convention – Convention on Wetlands

    Multilateral agreement on Wetlands of International Importance 

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    Biodiversity

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Protection

    Multilateral agreement on protection of World Heritage Sites

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    Water

    Alliance for Water Stewardship

    Standards and certification programme under development for the responsible use of fresh water

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    Human Rights

    International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Various conventions on labour rights.  Key framework Convention on fundamental rights

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    Human Rights

    Ruggie Framework on Business and Human Rights

    Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as proposed by John Ruggie

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    Human Rights

    Business and Human Rights Centre

    Independent non profit organization tracking human rights abuses and advances of companies around the world

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    Human Rights

    The Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Right

    Set of principles and guiding resources on security and human rights

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    Human Rights

    Danish Institute for Human Rights 

    Human Rights and Business Project

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    Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

    Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

    Guidelines and indicators for reporting on environmental, social and economic issues.

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    Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

    4 G Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

    4 G Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

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    Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

    Carbon disclosure project

    Guidelines for measuring and disclosing information on greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks

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    Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

    CDP water disclosure project

    Guidelines for measuring and disclosing information on water usage as well as risk and opportunities.

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    Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

    Forest footprint disclosure project

    Guidelines for disclosure on forest related risks

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    Social Responsibility ISO 26000

    International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) Guidance on social responsibility

    Guidance on social responsibility and sustainability integrations into business operations.

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  • + RESEARCH & PRESENTATIONS Open or Close

    Working Paper: Sustainability in the Financial Sector in Kenya by Francis Kariuki (Jan. 2015)

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    Sustainable Finance Initiatives and Banking in Kenya:The Inevitable or the Good-to-Consider?

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    CEO Roundtable on Sustainable Finance Initiative

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    KIPPRA Policy Monitor: A Green Growth Path for Kenya, Opportunities, Challenges and Risks (June 2013)

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    Kenya Climate Change Action Plan

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    Presentation:Julius Kipngetich, Equity Bank Chief Operating Officer

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    UNEP Inquiry: The UNEP Inquiry has undertaken over 50 research pieces to form a body of knowledge on aligning the global financial system with sustainable development and the long term success of the real economy.  The final report of the UNEP Inquiry, The Financial System We Need, suggests that there is now a historic opportunity to shape a financial system that can more effectively finance the development of an inclusive, green economy.

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  • + NEWS & PRESS RELEASES Open or Close

    Press Release: Development Finance Institutions Sponsor a Capacity Building Program to Promote Sustainable Finance Practices Across East Africa (July 2014)

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    Press Release: Kenya’s Banks Chart Way Forward to Promote Sustainable Finance and Build Industry Wide Capacity (Sept. 2013)

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    GRI Seminar on Sustainability Introduce Members to Best Practises

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  • + VIDEOS Open or Close

    Sustainable Finance for Kenya<>

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    Alan Dodd, NIC Bank MD shares his thoughts on Sustainable Finance Initiative during the CEO Roundtable

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    Bharat Jani, Prime Bank MD shares his thoughts on the Sustainable Finance Initiative Kenya during the CEO Roundtable

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    Yuki, UNEP FI gives her perspectives on the Kenya Sustainable Finance Initiative during the CEO Roundtable

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    Commercial Bank of Africa, Kenya MD Jeremy Ngunze shares his thoughts on the Kenya Sustainable Finance Initiative.

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    Julius Kipng'etich, Equity Bank Chief Operating Officer shares his insights on Sustainable Finance Initiative Kenya

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