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Over the past few years, a number of sustainability frameworks have emerged to better consider these issues during the financing process:

  • Equator Principles. A voluntary framework for financial institutions to manage environmental and social issues related to the projects they finance anywhere in the world and in all industry sectors.
  • United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI). A partnership between the UNEP and the global financial sector, outlining sustainability principles for financial (including insurance) organizations and offering peer-to-peer networks, research and training.
  • United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. A UN initiative for institutional investors, outlining six investment principles related to environmental, social, and corporate governance issues.
  • United Nations Global Compact. A UN initiative for businesses to voluntarily commit to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
  • International Labor Organization (ILO) International Labor Standards. A system of international labor standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO, a network of national standards institutes of 163 countries, has developed international standards on social responsibility (ISO 26000), risk management (ISO 31000) and environmental management (ISO 14000).
  • Business Charter for Sustainable Development. An initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce to help corporations to develop their own policies and programs to promote sound environmental management
  • London Principles of Sustainable Finance. Proposed principles under which financial market mechanisms can best promote the financing of sustainable development.
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in areas including employment and industrial relations, human rights, environment, information disclosure, competition, taxation, and science and technology.
  • SA8000, Social Accountability Standard. A global social accountability standard that focuses on employee rights and fair working environments.
  • SIGMA Guiding Principles. A framework that helps organizations to develop a set of guiding principles on the environment, social relationships and structures, people, fixed assets, and financial performance.

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