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Update December 2020

Celebrating new signatories on 9 December

We are proud to announce that 11 more financial institutions from 8 different countries will soon be joining the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge. This will bring us to 37 signatories from 13 different countries representing € 4.8 trillion AuM in total – the Finance for Biodiversity movement is growing! Furthermore, the Pledge has now reached Scandinavia for the first time, with new signatories from Denmark and Sweden. 

We will celebrate this second round of signatories at the European Business and Nature Summit (EBNS), a two-day virtual event dedicated to the overarching theme of ‘Green economic recovery – Reshaping business for nature and people’. The celebration of new signatories will take place at the opening session on Wednesday 9 December from 10 to 10.30am CET. Read more

Register to the EBNS
The following sessions of the EBNS will be of special interest for financial institutions:
  • 9 Dec 10.00-10.30am CET: Opening session with key notes by the European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union and the CIOs of Allianz France, International Business of Federated Hermes and Deutsche Bank.
  • 9 Dec 10.30-11.30am CET: Panel discussion on ‘Transforming financing: biodiversity, opportunities & risks for the financial sector’ with De Nederlandsche Bank, Triodos Bank Belgium, Robeco and BNP Paribas.
  • 9 Dec 14.00-15.00am CET: Session on ‘Policy responses to support sustainable accounting, reporting and governance’. This will include an update on ongoing EU initiatives and an exploration of the role of measuring, managing, and disclosing environmental footprint.
Register to the EBNS

Webinar Biodiversity Commitments and Measurement on 8 December

On 8 December morning (10:00 to 12:00 Brussels time), CDC Biodiversité, The Biodiversity Consultancy and UNEP-WCMC will tell you all about biodiversity footprint during a webinar for corporates and financial institutions! The “Biodiversity measurement for business & finance – An update on recent developments and lessons learnt” webinar will be hosted just ahead of the European Business and Nature Summit. Dive into the topic of measuring biodiversity, learn about the latest corporate biodiversity footprint assessments and explore the impacts of listed equity.
Full agenda and registration links

Finance stream programme
Session F1. 10:00-11:00 CET. Biodiversity measurement and commitments within the finance sector. Led by UNEP-WCMC. With updates on ‘Investor action on biodiversity’, UNEP FI’s Principles for Responsible Banking (and possibly TNFD), the ‘Finance for Biodiversity Pledge’ and ‘Aligning Financial Portfolios with Biodiversity Goals – a new module within ENCORE’.

Session F2. 11:00-12:00 CET. Implementing a commitment to measure the impact of financial assets. Led by CDC Biodiversité. Including ‘The Biodiversity Impact Analytics (BIA) database: how to assess the biodiversity impact of an investment portfolio?’ (Carbon4 Finance), ‘Case study on the biodiversity impacts of an index of large European listed companies’ (CDC asset management), ‘BFFI and PBAF’ (ASN Bank) and ‘Impact investment’ (The Biodiversity Consultancy)

Register for the finance stream to get the Zoom link to access the webinar

News from our signatories

On 25 September, the same day on which the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge was launched, the Partnership for Biodiversity Accounting Financials (PBAF) launched a common ground paper on biodiversity accounting: Paving the way towards a harmonised biodiversity accounting approach for the financial sector

On their website, Lombard Odier Investment Management created a Natural Capital Hub to put the “untapped investment opportunity” of natural capital into the spotlight.

 

Rathbone Greenbank Investments recently hosted their annual investor day on the topic of business and biodiversity, where they spoke to experts in the field and provided an overview of how to measure the impact of portfolio companies on biodiversity. The event can be watched on demand.

 

Other news

On Thursday 3 December Iceberg Data Lab will hold a webinar on their biodiversity measurement methodology. You can register for the session, which will take place at 9.30am CET or 5.00pm CET (two slots). If you are interested, please contact Elodie Lelief, elodie.lelief@icebergdatalab.com.

Bloomberg Green recently published two articles featuring the journey that led to the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge:

Earlier this year ShareAction produced a ranking of the 75 largest Asset managers and many of their recommendations chime with the Pledge – e.g. they are interested in monitoring implementation as well as providing investors with resources to support their efforts to engage companies.

Portfolio Earth has launched a website and published a report calling, amongst others, for “Banks to disclose and radically reduce their impact on nature and stop finance for new fossil fuels, deforestation, overfishing and ecosystem destruction”

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