7 February 2013 | Istanbul, Turkey

The Banks Association of Turkey, in partnership with UNEP FI, facilitated a half day event in Istanbul to expose more than 70 mid to senior managers in Turkish banks to the value of incorporating sustainability in the business operations and culture of their banks. International development finance institutions and peer finance institutions argued for the adoption of responsible finance business models, using as examples their own policies, procedures and lessons learned from the sustainability journey. The event aimed to enlarge the pool of Turkish banks sensitive to sustainable development issues and active in this regard. Event partner Banks Association of Turkey – Agenda – Presentations: • ‘The Business Case for Sustainable Banking: the UNEP FI Perspective’ Harry Papageorgiou – Chair, European Task Force, UNEP FI / Head, Group Environment & Quality Division, Eurobank • ‘Sustainability for Finance Institutions’ Hülya Kurt – Chair, Sustainability Working Group of the Banks Association of Turkey / Head of Engineering Department, TSKB • ‘Sustainable Banking- International Best Practices from the Perspective of International Development Financial Institutions’ Anne Maria Cronin – Principal Environmental Advisor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development • ‘Sustainability at Itaú Unibanco’ Denise Hills – Sustainability Superintendent, Banco Itaú • ‘Does Sustainability Matter to Finance Institutions?’ Robert Tacon – Special Advisor to UNEP FI and Founder, Boundes Sustainability Ltd. / Former Head of Risk Reporting, Standard Chartered Bank and UNEP FI Co-Chair