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Regulatory developments in sustainable investment (July 2021)

July 12th, 2021

[Please see my more recent ‘Principles’ blog as the FCA Sustainable Investment Principles are now live.] As you will know, the focus on ‘ESG’ (environmental, social and governance) has ramped up  dramatically recently right through the investment value chain.  News is now emerging almost daily from all quarters – from the public facing NGOs (notably […]

Net Zero and ‘real’ sustainability

June 17th, 2021

Recognising real sustainability and the race to net zero

Climate considerations now embedded across main UK financial regulators

March 25th, 2021

During UKSIF’s excellent ‘Ownership Day’ event today I was delighted to hear from their keynote speaker Mark Manning of the FCA, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has formally written to Nikhil Rathi, Chief Executive of the FCA, with notification that the government now requires climate change to form part of the regulator’s […]

SRI Services & Partners Good Money Week 2020 event videos now live!

October 28th, 2020

I am delighted to report that we have just loaded the videos from our first ever online ‘SRI Services and Partners’ online Good Money Week event onto our YouTube channel. The sessions are listed in chronological order on a play list  – here. 288 financial advisers and others attended on the day and the feedback […]

Keynote speaker announced for 21 October SRI Services and Partners event

September 2nd, 2020

SRI Services and Partners annual ‘Good Money Week’ ‘virtual’ event – 21 October 2020 I am delighted to announce that the FCA’s Director of Strategy, Richard Monks, has agreed to give the keynote address as this year’s SRI Services and Partners Good Money Week event. Sign up to the ‘SRI Services and Partners’ 21 October […]

Investment Life & Pension Moneyfacts SRI feature

July 22nd, 2020

It is lovely to have contributed once again to ‘Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts’ editor Richard Eagling’s annual SRI feature – entitled ‘Green Power’ . In addition to lots of great commentary the market performance statistics are fantastic, with their analysis showing ‘All ethical funds’ performance outstripping ‘All non ethical funds’ over 1, 3, 5, […]

Searches for ESG funds increase rapidly – with sustainability issues dominating

July 2nd, 2020

Usage of the adviser friendly sustainable investment fund database ‘Fund EcoMarket’ increased sharply over the last six months. Fund EcoMarket welcomed 7.9k unique users over the 6 months to 30 June 2020 – compared to 5.5k over the same period in 2019 (source: Google Analytics). The average session time was 4.31 minutes. Commenting on the […]

Adviser training video

May 18th, 2020

In the spirit of #BuildBackBetter this is me sharing a #Sustainable and #ResponsibleInvestment training video I recently put together for some financial advisers’ who’s #ESG training day had to switch format. The learning objectives relate to an introduction & overview of the Sustainable and Responsible Investment  market and how to research  ESG/SRI funds (using Fund […]

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SRI Services shortlisted for Investment Week ESG Awards
September 9, 2021

I am truly delighted to be able to announce that SRI Services has been shortlisted for two Investment Week (Incisive Media) awards this year. The two categories we entered & are shortlisted for are: Best Sustainable & ESG Research & Ratings Provider Best Sustainable and ESG Support Service Provider or Consultancy This is particularly pleasing […]

‘The future of (sustainable) investment’ – Moneyfacts article
August 23, 2021

My thanks, once again, to Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts magazine for publishing my article on ‘the future of (sustainable) investment.’ The article is a roundup of the important regulatory developments that are emerging in this area – as well as the need for urgency in switching all investments onto a sustainable footing. The piece […]

Performance of ‘Ethical/Sustainable’ funds vs ‘Non Ethical’ July 2021
August 23, 2021

The following table has been kindly supplied by Moneyfacts and is published in this month’s Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts magazine. It shows the performance of (what Moneyfacts refer to as) ‘Ethical’ vs ‘Non Ethical’ funds. In summary, it shows a consistent, and in many places remarkable, picture of outperformance for ethical equity funds over […]