UNEP The Principles for Positive Impact Finance

Updated: Sep 28, 2017

United Nations Environment Programme (2017): Click here to read the report.

The Principles for Positive Impact Finance are a set of guidelines for:

  • financiers to identify, promote and communicate about Positive Impact Finance across their portfolios;

  • investors and donors to holistically evaluate the impacts of their investments and orient their investment choices and engagements accordingly;

  • auditors and raters to provide financiers, investors and their stakeholders with the verification, certification and rating services needed to promote the development of Positive Impact Finance.

The Principles are also intended to help:

  • corporates and other economic stakeholders structure SDG-focused business opportunities and business models, and identify financial institutions capable of accompanying their efforts;

  • governments to leverage their interventions with the private sector (for instance by issuing impact-based tenders and requests for proposals and choosing its private sector implementation partners based on the Principles) and adjusting public policies strategically to maximise the leverage of public funds;

  • civil society to identify and develop the kind of technical expertise that will be most helpful to the above parties as they seek to establish new, impact based business models.

The Principles are applicable to all forms of financial institutions and financial instruments. By jointly considering the three pillars of sustainable development and by basing themselves on an appraisal of both positive and negative impacts, they propose a holistic approach to sustainability issues.



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