High Ambition Group

Convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


The High Ambition Group aims to lead change towards more sustainable food systems through setting and publicly committing to ambitious targets, putting a roadmap for implementation into place, and pioneering sustainable finance solutions.

The High Ambition Group (HAG) is a leadership initiative composed of public and private financial institutions, including global environmental funds, banks, asset managers, fin-techs and agri-businesses.


The High Ambition Group

Is working to show how institutions can practically:
  1. Improve the assessment and management of material social & environmental risks,
  2. Reduce material environmental and social impacts and increase the positive impacts of investment/lending portfolios and operations, and
  3. Increase financial flows towards more sustainable food systems.
Leading financial institutions from the High Ambition Group announce ambitious targets in environmental and social impact areas ahead of COP27.

Press Release: ‘Finance leaders publish new generation of ‘high ambition’ targets for the sustainable food transition’read here

Current High Ambition Group Members
Current High Ambition Group members are setting targets towards impact areas
Environmental (Climate & Nature) Impact
  • Land use change (deforestation)
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Water use efficiency, management
  • Reduction/Avoidance of food loss and waste
  • Pollution and nutrient efficiency management
  • Reduction of negative impacts on biodiversity
  • Sustainable production and food processing
  • Resource efficiency & circular economy approaches & technologies (sustainable operations, traceability)
Socio-Economic Impact
  • Food Security (e.g., increasing food production, yield/productivity improvements)
  • Jobs, living wages, livelihoods
  • Nutrition (healthy foods)
  • Human rights and labour conditions
  • Gender equality
  • Capacity building, technical assistance, training, R&D

Impact Areas with Targets set by HAG members as of October 6, 2022

*Other members are in the process of updating or setting new targets

To get involved in the High Ambition Group, please contact:

Vanesa Rodriguez Osuna at vanesa.rodriguezosuna@un.org

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