Sustainability Week

An initiative for training our customers, financial institutions and their customers on sustainability-related issues such as environmental risk management, energy efficiency opportunities and best practices of corporate governance.

Why Sustainability Week Initiative?

The IIC believes in promoting sustainability. It has been a champion in promoting environmental and social risk management training for financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean for more than 18 years. Since 2010, through its environmental, social and governance (SEG) initiative, the IIC has also been providing capacity building in the area of corporate governance for companies in the region. In 2015, the IIC merged its environmental and social risk management and its corporate governance training under the same umbrella of the Sustainability Week Initiative.

When the IIC began hosting the environmental and social risk management training courses in Latin America in 1999, the idea of implementing Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) in financial institutions and requiring our clients to do so was something new.  Today, this has become an international best practice, with more than 80 financial institutions around the world committing to adopting the Equator Principles.

On the corporate governance side, the IIC recognizes the importance of private sector companies as key drivers of economic growth. Acknowledging the corporate governance challenges that businesses face, the IIC has been training its clients on key aspects of succession planning and governance structures and processes to encourage their sustainability.

About the Event 

The 2017 Sustainability Week was held in Cartagena, Colombia, on April 24-28. During the first three days of the week, the IIC, the IDB, and other partners delivered this year’s training on Environmental and Social Management for the Financial Sector. During the last two days of the week, the IIC  conducted the Corporate Governance Symposium. Combining theory, case studies, and group dynamics, these workshops offer a clear understanding about environmental and social sustainability issues and the steps to achieve effective governance.

This years' Sustainability Week is planned for May 7th to May 9th, 2018, in Lima, Peru. More details coming soon!


Who should attend?

The Environmental andSocial Management for the Financial Sector workshop targets financial institutions. 

The Corporate Governance Symposium is tailored for IIC clients who own family and non-family businesses.


For details on the 2017 agenda,  visit the previous event page.