7th Forum on Green Finance and Investment 2020


Eric Usher

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)


Mr. Eric Usher currently heads the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a global partnership bringing together the United Nations with more than 300 banks, insurers and asset managers working to develop the sustainable finance and responsible investment agendas. Mr. Usher oversees governance, strategy and day-to-day management of UNEP FI’s work program and global network development. Over the years, UNEP FI has established some of the most important sustainability-oriented frameworks within the finance industry, including the Principles for Responsible Investment (2006), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (2012) and the Principles for Responsible Banking (2019). Since joining in 2015, Mr. Usher has focused on accelerating the deep integration of sustainability risks into financial practice, including addressing climate change, natural capital loss and human rights abuses, as well as building out the frameworks for positive impact finance needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He sits on several industry bodies including as UN representative on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment, as a member of the Evaluation Council of the French sovereign green bond, as Director for the impact fund REPP Africa and founder of the Seed Capital Assistance Facility.