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Meet the CEOs of the 126 financial institutions from 21 countries that have signed the Pledge so far. Read and listen here about why they are committed to biodiversity and why they joined.
Biodiversity loss and climate change are impacting millions of people today, especially the most vulnerable in our society. This is an urgent challenge where change is vital towards a better and more sustainable world for our future generations. We are therefore proud to join the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge as the first bank in Italy, in line with our Net Zero commitment and ESG Strategy, to play our part in the collective effort to protect and reverse nature loss and to finance a fair and just energy transition, ensuring a more sustainable future for our planet and its people.
At Desjardins, we recognize the importance of biodiversity in society, culturally, and in today’s economy. We need to incorporate biodiversity protection into our activities and investment decisions. Desjardins Global Asset Management and Desjardins Investments are proud to join the Pledge, collaborate towards a sustainable economy and identify the best practices for nature preservation.
Our world is facing a biodiversity emergency. As a mutual insurance company, our duty is to ensure the wellbeing and resilience of our society. Aéma Groupe is therefore committed to act responsibly by increasing the focus on biodiversity in our engagement and investment activities. We are proud to be joining the Finance for Biodiversity Foundation to act collectively in favor of the preservation and the restoration of nature.
At Velliv, we firmly believe that we as an investor can play a part in protecting and restoring biodiversity. By joining the pledge, we take the first step in taking responsibility for the impact our investments have on the worlds ecosystems. We recognize that without solving the climate change challenge we cannot solve the biodiversity crisis and vice versa. We need to act now.
At Nordea Asset Management, we recognize our role and our duty to protect, respect and take responsibility for our impact on global biodiversity and to contribute to a nature-positive economy. We support the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge’s mission to address nature-related financial risks and opportunities, to engage with corporates having the biggest biodiversity-related impact and to channel capital flows towards nature-positive outcomes.
As an additional impact fund, STOA promotes the development of sustainable economies through financing essential infrastructure in emerging markets. Infrastructure can greatly impact local biodiversity, both positively and negatively. By joining the Pledge, we want to commit to the protection of biodiversity by elaborating practical solutions.
Biodiversity clearly needed a Pledge, as the reliability of the ecosystem services is threatened today by human activities, bringing a burden over the shoulders of future generations. As a purpose-led company, B CorpTM certified, Sycomore AM has decided to measure and improve its environmental impact, including biodiversity, as a company and as in investor. Let’s shift together towards a regenerative economy!
All of us depend on the natural world. Healthier ecosystems mean healthier people, stronger communities and a more robust economy. The world urgently needs to protect its precious and increasingly threatened biodiversity and, as the U.K.’s leading insurer, Aviva has a responsibility to use our influence to help do just that. We are proud to sign up to the Finance for Biodiversity pledge, joining with others to act together for a better tomorrow
As ESG committed players for over 20 years, Federal Finance Gestion & Schelcher Prince Gestion want to step forward on biodiversity challenges. This is also a way to anticipate a future trend for the asset management industry. By actively participating in a working group, we expect to be more than simple Pledge signatories.
Collaboration across companies and countries is essential to successfully drive change in a positive and sustainable direction. We are a proud signatory of this pledge. The focus on biodiversity goes well with Swedbank Robur’s Climate Strategy – to align our managed fund capital with the Paris Agreement by 2025 and carbon neutral 2040.
SCOR is proud to support the Finance for Biodiversity pledge. As a global reinsurer, contributing to the welfare and resilience of Society is an integral part of our mission. We have been committed to tackling and addressing the effects of climate change for a very long time, contributing to numerous international climate-related initiatives. We firmly believe that the preservation of biodiversity and the protection of ecosystems require an equally strong commitment, both individually and collectively.
Nature is our productive asset. We are signing this pledge because our outdated, linear economic model is dangerously depleting Natural Capital, despite its regenerative nature. This is a risk for global economic activity. We must support an accelerated transition to a circular bio-economy – harnessing and preserving the power of nature.
Our sector, agriculture, is one which relies exhaustively on biodiversity and natural capital but paradoxically can be a driver of negative impact and species decline. UFF operates exclusively in Africa, whose biological organisms comprise about 25% of all known biodiversity, and we have selected SDG 15, Life on Land, as one of our flagship goals. We acknowledge the weight of responsibility that our operations carry with them; we are committed to the conservation or improvement of biodiversity on all our farms and we have set ambitious targets in this respect, including soil health management, reforestation commitments and a focus on wild pollinator habitats.
Biodiversity defines ecosystems and provides a range of invaluable services to society that underpin human health, well-being and economic growth. It represents a systemic issue that must be addressed by policy-makers, investors and civil society. Etica is committed to strengthen its process to identify, asses and manage biodiversity-related risks and engage companies on this issue.
Investors are only just beginning to factor in biodiversity in their allocation decision, and this at a time when over half the world’s GDP is at risk because of nature loss. We believe that transitioning to an economy that preserves nature presents an opportunity for financial institutions to play a crucial role in restoring biodiversity. This is why through this pledge Triple Jump commits to actively managing the effect of its portfolio on biodiversity and to promoting investments that can have a positive impact on biodiversity.
Biodiversity is rapidly declining at an unprecedented rate in history. Halting this decline is crucial to achieve the SDGs and preserve our planet. Economic consequences of biodiversity loss can be severe and represent a systemic risk for businesses and investors. Deforestation, which is driving biodiversity loss, leads to the release of large amounts of carbon stored in the carbon sinks of forests around the world. In addition, the global agricultural system depends on pollination and soil biodiversity to produce food for a growing global population. The Biodiversity Pledge represents an important landmark for our industry. We are delighted to be among the first signatories committing to this Pledge, and we look forward to work together with the rest of signatories to jointly contribute to reverse nature loss through our investments and active ownership work.
New Forests integrates biodiversity conservation and the promotion of high conservation values across approximately 1 million hectares of forestry and sustainable land use investments that we manage globally. We encourage other businesses to join us in our commitment to protect, manage, and restore our planet’s natural assets via investments that conserve and enhance biodiversity.
Sustainability is integrated into Bankinter's business strategy and adherence to international initiatives that seek to increase positive impacts on society and the environment is a commitment of the bank. By signing the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge, Bankinter goes one step further in its sustainability strategy and shows its firm commitment, as a financial entity, to contribute to the protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems via our financing activities and investments.
Human well-being and quality of life on the planet are inextricably linked to biodiversity. With the Finance Biodiversity Pledge, a.s.r. wishes to endorse the initiative to prevent loss of nature. We will make an effort to ensure that our investments (in real estate) contribute to the restoration of biodiversity.
As biodiversity declines at alarming rates worldwide, we as investors have the responsibility to uphold investee companies and governments to the highest possible standards to slow down the loss of species, deterioration of protected areas and ecosystems. To make this possible, cooperation between different stakeholders is needed and serious commitments to develop assessment methods on pressures and vulnerabilities of natural resources remain key areas of attention.