Responsible Finance Forum 2012 | Washington, DC

Responsible Finance Principles In Action

April 23, 2012

The Third Annual Responsible Finance Forum (RFF III) was hosted by IFC in Washington D.C. on April 23, 2012.  The Forum convened nearly 200 participants from the financial sector, bilateral and multilateral donors, investors and the broader international community.  For the first time, the full-day event brought together leaders from the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, World Bank Group, IMF and prominent private sector partners to share experiences in implementing responsible finance into action.



The Forum focused on the latest approaches to: embed responsible finance principles into the “DNA “of financial institutions, strengthen the business case for responsible finance, and build evidence based on practitioners’ experiences in the field.

The Forum brought critical perspectives from across leading practitioners in three product areas: (1) Micro and Retail, including specialized financial services such as housing finance, savings, and mobile payments services; (2) Banks, including corporate banks and businesses, and (3) Investors, including investment managers and asset owners.  The Forum also featured the SMART Campaign’s Client Protection Principles and updates on the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (PIIF) that was launched last year.

The first global Community of Practice in Responsible Finance was established as an outcome of the Forum, to promote collaboration, share expertise, and emerging lessons from practitioners.  A Global Mapping Report was launched, reflecting the latest developments in advancing progress towards responsible finance.

Global Mapping Report

Forum Partners

The Forum was organized by IFC in partnership with BMZ/GIZ, CGAP,

the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Principles for Responsible Investment.