The objective of this program is to assist financial institutions to manage risks from biodiversity and ecosystem services in their lending decisions. B4B is developing and will deliver a set of training materials to assist the banking community in addressing biodiversity and ecosystems-related risks.
According to an EP Press Release, more than 20 banks from 15 countries recently met at the WWF headquarters in Washington D.C. as part of an inaugural training workshop. Regional workshops are now being planned to be held in Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Singapore, London, and Beijing during 2012. These workshops will be open to any financial institution.
About the author: Mehrdad Nazari (MBA, MSc, LEAD Fellow) is a Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability Reporting & ESIA Advisor, and Director of Prizma. He was previously an environmental consultant with Dames & Moore, Principal Environmental Specialist at the European Bank and CSR Research Director at CoreRatings. Mehrdad has been involved in ESIAs for projcts located within biodiversity hotspots and co-delivered training courses on Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards, and GRI’s sustainability reporting framework. Access Prizma’s latest newsletters here.