Responsible Banking Workshop

General information

Event date:
05/02/2019 @ 08:30 - 17:15
Event location:
EBF Conference Centre - Avenue des Arts 56
Brussels, B-1000 Belgium
The European Banking Federation
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The EBF and UNEP FI are jointly organising Responsible Banking Workshop , with the participation of Vice-President Dombrovskis, to help a broad set of banks and other stakeholders to learn about the draft Principles for Responsible Banking, provide an opportunity to exchange views, and to encourage more banks to adopt the Principles, when finished.

The nine European banks assisting the UNEP FI in developing the principles will share how they will align their strategies with societal goals, how services and relationships can be used to accompany banking clients in their transition efforts, and how public targets can be set in a transparent and accountable manner.

The workshop will also allow all stakeholders to ask questions and provide commentary on the draft Principles, and to discuss how this initiative fits in with the rest of the regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives on sustainable finance.

Join a lively discussion with banks, regulators, policymakers, academics, civil society representatives and other relevant stakeholders to learn about the potential of PRB for further transformation of the banking sector towards a more sustainable future.

Programme (Draft)

  • 08:30 – 9:00: Welcome and registration
  • 09:00 – 9:15: Opening & Announcement of the European Banks Endorsing the PRB Initiative
    • Wim Mijs, Chief Executive Officer of the EBF
  • 09:15 – 9:30: Keynote Speech
    • Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice – President, European Commission
  • 9:30 – 10:00: Introducing the PRB
    • Simone Dettling, Banking Team Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
  • 10:00 – 10:15: The journey of the PRB from a bank’s point of view
    • Antonio Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA & Chair of the Sustainable Finance Working, EBF
  • 10:15 – 10:30: Expectations from the PRB
    • View from an NGO
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Coffee Break
  • 10:45 – 11:00: What Does the European Parliament Expect from Banks?
    • Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, European Parliament (invited)
  • 11:00 – 12:30: PANEL
    •  What will the PRB Deliver? European banks involved in the initiative and other stakeholders will discuss the scope and focus of the PRB; lessons learned from other non – regulatory initiatives (such as the Positive Impact Finance and PSI); key drivers for success; and interaction with other regulatory and non – regulatory initiatives.
      • Moderated by Simone Dettling, Banking Team Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative
  • 12:30 – 12:45: Q&A
  • 12:45 – 14:00: Networking Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:15: Overview of the PRB Project from the perspective of a bank
  • 14:15 – 14:30: What skills will be critical to implementing the PRB?’
    • Nick Robins, Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute (invited)
  • 14:30 – 16:00: PANEL
    • ‘What does it take to implement the PRB successfully?’ European banks involved in the initiative and other stakeholders will discuss the operational decisions needed to implement the PRB, planning of timing, and the implications of the PRB for their businesses, their clients and other industries.
  • 16:00 – 16:15: Q&A
  • 16:15 – 16:30: Coffee break
  • 16:30 – 16:70: Closing Keynote
  • 17:00 – 17:15: Concluding Remarks
    • Burçak Inel, Head of Financing Growth, EBF


Free registration. Please register on the dedicated website.
When registering, please respect the EBF no-show/cancellation policy.


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