The Pioneers workstream facilitates dialogue and cooperation between leading financial institutions and businesses to gain deeper understanding from practice, consolidate lessons learned and identify opportunities and solutions to scale up biodiversity considerations in corporate decision-making.
The Pioneers workstream seeks to advance practice on a variety of topics including:
The workstream brings together leading financial institutions through its Finance and Biodiversity Community.
Finance and Biodiversity Community
Since 2016, the workstream is running the Biodiversity and Finance Community with 19 financial institutions including: ABN AMRO, Actiam, Affirmative IM, Althelia, ASN Bank, AXA Investment Managers, Bank of Ireland, Bankinter, CDC Biodiversité, Conservation Capital, EIB, Finance in Motion, FMO, GLS Bank, ING, LHV, Mirova, Piraeus Bank and Rabobank.
The Community also includes a series of supporting platforms including: ACCA, Agence Française de Développement, CDSB, Dutch Enterprise Agency, European Banking Federation, NCC, NCFA, VBDO and UNEP FI.
As stated in its Mission Statement, the Community provides a “forum of dialogue between financial institutions (FIs) to share experiences, raise awareness and promote best practices at EU level on how to integrate biodiversity and natural capital into mainstream financial activities and foster investments in natural capital as a new asset class”.
It aims to accelerate the process of learning and support implementation both at strategic level and in practical experience, thereby supporting the transition towards a sustainable financial sector.