Unveiling efficient organizational models for CSR and sustainability: UNEP FI’s insights

Sustainability & Regulation
16/11/2023 Interview
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David Carlin


Head of Climate Risk and TCFD

In this exclusive interview, David Carlin, Head of Climate Risk and TCFD at UNEP FI, engages with key insights on the organizational models employed by UNEP FI to tackle sustainability, ESG, and climate-related challenges. Through a discussion that delves into UNEP FI's initiatives, collaborations with financial institutions, and the broader landscape of sustainability metrics, David offers a unique perspective on how organizations can drive progress towards a more sustainable future.

How would you best describe your organization's structure within UNEP FI for addressing sustainability, ESG, and climate-related matters? How many people are dedicated to sustainability, ESG, and climate matters in your organization?

UNEP FI is focused on supporting a sustainable financial system. As such, we lead programs for financial actors around the world to help them progress on climate, nature, and other environmental objectives. We convene the net-zero alliances for banks, asset-owners, and insurers, and have launched industry-leading frameworks such as the Principles for Responsible Banking, Principles for Sustainable Insurance, and Principles for Responsible Investing (now our sister organization). My team leads on risk-related work that intersects with climate and other environmental issues. That includes climate-related disclosures such as the TCFD, nature-related disclosures such as the TNFD, and the development of guidance and tools around topics such as climate stress tests, risk and opportunity assessments, and transition planning. Our team of 10 is made up of project managers who oversee the different topic workstreams on environmental risk topics such as those mentioned above.

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