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Appointment to FCA ‘Disclosure and Labels Advisory Group’

November 4th, 2021

I am delighted to report that I have been appointed to the FCA’s new ‘Disclosure and Labels Advisory Group’. The ‘Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels’ paper that this relates to was published on 3 November 2021, can be found on the FCA website here, starting with the following text: “We are seeking initial […]

SRI Services & Partners Good Money Week event 2021

September 18th, 2021

We are delighted to invite you to sign up to our annual event which is being held in two parts this year:  an all day Zoom conference on 6 October, and an informal London drinks reception on 13 October. Sign up links for both events are below.     6 October all day event 10 […]

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 […]

Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk – report

June 17th, 2021

CCRA3 makes for sober reading – showing the UK is failing to take the necessary steps to adapt to climate change

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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London Climate Week – (free) Excel event tickets – 28 & 29 June
June 15, 2022

  London Climate Week event on 28 & 29 June  I happily agreed to become involved with a major London Climate Week event run by Reset Connect some time ago. The event is now only two weeks away. I did so mostly because I am always keen to help and encourage intermediaries to learn about climate issues […]

A collection of responses to HSBC’s Kirk extraordinary climate speech
May 27, 2022

Earlier this week I set out my initial response to HSBC’s head of Responsible Investment – Stuart Kirk’s – extraordinary presentation on climate risk  (see blog linked below). In the interest of understanding different points of view – here is a collection of  articles and opinions about his speech that we believe are relevant to […]

‘Man who jumps on bandwagon accuses fellow passengers of being on bandwagon’
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…and has now been rightly suspended by HSBC. There is so much to say on this story, but let me start by saying I have no desire to ‘bash’ HSBC. Big banks are imperfect and have, in my view, propped up the fossil fuel industry for far too long – but that is not what […]