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We will add guidance and resources in the form of reports, studies and case studies as we develop our work with our members and other stakeholders. Keep checking back here to see our latest resources.

Designed for all financial institutions, UNEP FI’s Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative’s report Diving Deep: Finance, Ocean Pollution & Coastal Resilience is a  science-based, actionable toolkit to align financial decision-making with a healthy ocean and a sustainable blue economy. The second chapter focuses on solid waste prevention and management and highlights the imperative need for a paradigm shift from ‘waste’ management towards one of ‘resource’ management embedded within a circular economy.

Designed for Principles for Responsible Banking signatories, the Guidance on Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Target Setting is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for banks interested in increasing the sustainable use of resources such as energy, waste, water and raw materials and building a circular economy, where waste and pollution are eliminated, products and materials are kept in use at their highest value and natural systems are regenerated.

Designed for all financial institutions, UNEP’s report Financing Circularity: Demystifying Finance for the Circular Economy outlines how the financial sector can scale up financing to accelerate the shift to circular business models in order to keep resources at their highest value long-term and to reduce waste. The landmark report explores strategies and actions that financial institutions can take to manage related risks and opportunities. Opportunities include rethinking the design and manufacturing of products and services, reducing inputs in agricultural production, and digital solutions to transform industries, coupled with waste management models designed to close material and resource loops.

Designed for insurers, UNEP’s report Unwrapping the risks of plastic pollution to the insurance industry demonstrates that plastic pollution risks can affect insurance and investment portfolios in the form of physical, transition, liability and reputational risks. The study identifies how risks related to plastic pollution play out across insurance lines and asset classes in which insurers invest. It argues that insurers should take an active role in addressing the risks related to plastic pollution and in contributing to global efforts to reduce it, and provides key recommendations for insurers to play an active role.