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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 […]

EU Taxonomy Final Report

March 23rd, 2020

Sustainable Finance Taxonomy  report ‘Financing a Sustainable European Economy’ Technical Report published 9 March 2020 On 9 March 2020 the EU TEG (Technical Expert Group) on sustainable finance produced their final report which sets out a ‘taxonomy’ of sustainable business activities.  This significant development will help investors to recognise those business activities that should be […]

BlackRock sustainability announcement

January 17th, 2020

BlackRock founder and CEO Larry Fink has been making headlines this week with the announcement on Tuesday (14/1/20) that BlackRock are making major changes to their business, putting  sustainability – and in particular climate change – at the heart of their business operations. This is a welcome and important development. Some commentators have pointed out […]

UKSIF ‘Ownership Day’ fund manager survey ‘Oil Pressure Gauge’

May 2nd, 2019

On 1 May UKSIF celebrated its annual ‘Ownership Day’ with an event at the London Stock Exchange and the publication of a fund manager survey that looks into how different managers view the oil industry ‘Oil Pressure Gauge’ .  Its focus is around ‘responsible ownership’ or what many now call ‘stewardship’ and the role it […]

Understanding Sustainability funds

April 18th, 2019

A growing number of funds are now marketed as being ‘sustainability themed’ or having sustainability related themes (often in addition to ethical, ESG or other SRI strategies). These funds employ many different strategies, methods and ‘lines of thought’.   For most,  sustainability is demonstrably central to their investment proposition (via various policies, themes and research criteria). […]

Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) report published

April 5th, 2019

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (the international network of SIFs, that includes friends at UKSIF and Eurosif) has this week published its biennial global market report covering the period 2016-18 The report shows substantial growth in sustainable and responsible investment assets under management across all areas – with the exception of the EU as a […]

PRA & FCA Climate Financial Risk Forum- first meeting

March 22nd, 2019

Source: FCA website 12 March 2019 First meeting of the PRA and FCA’s joint Climate Financial Risk Forum Press Releases Published: 12/03/2019 Last updated: 12/03/2019 On Friday 8 March, the PRA and FCA hosted the first meeting of the Climate Financial Risk Forum (CFRF). The objective of the CFRF is to build capacity and share best practice across financial […]

SRI Services responds to FCA Climate Change and Green Finance Consultation

February 4th, 2019

SRI Services submitted a response to the FCA’s highly welcome consultation on Climate Change and Green Finance (DP18/8) last week. You can read our submission here.   Alternatively – here are our 12 key points that we would like the regulator to formally recognise and act on. The role of investors is central to our ability […]

FCA DP18/8 consultation: Climate Change and Green Finance deadline looming

January 16th, 2019

As mentioned in my blog in October last year the FCA is consulting on climate change and green finance. SRI Services plans to respond to this important paper – both by welcoming it and by responding to those questions that fall within our area of expertise. DP18/8: Climate change and green finance DEADLINE – 31 JANUARY […]

‘Sustainability & Suitability’ SRI event videos

November 8th, 2018

I am delighted to share the videos from our ‘Sustainability and Suitability’ SRI event for those who were unable to attend on the day. Keynote speaker Lord Deben’s climate change speech was a particular highlight.

Why Climate Change Matters to Investors – Lord Deben video from our 3 October event

October 25th, 2018

We were absolutely delighted to welcome Lord Deben (John Gummer) to our SRI Services and Partners event on 3 October 2018. Lord Deben spoke elequently and passionately on ‘Why Climate Change Matters to Investors’ – his speech can be viewed here, on the Fund EcoMarket YouTube channel: (And yes, we concur with the view that […]

FCA opens discussion on impact of climate change and green finance on financial services

October 15th, 2018

SRI Services welcomes today’s announcement, which reads as follows: FCA opens a discussion on the impact of climate change and green finance on financial services Press Releases Published: 15/10/2018 Last updated: 15/10/2018 The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published a Discussion Paper on climate change and green finance. The effects of climate change and the associated transition to […]

New PRA report: The Impact of climate change on the UK banking sector

September 30th, 2018

The Bank of England has taken a leadership position on climate change for a number of years. Governor Mark Carney’s ‘Tragedy of the horizons’ speech in 2015 set the scene for how the Bank viewed the issue of climate risk. Their subsequent work on the FSB TCFD framework has put climate change on the agenda for […]

UK Government changes pension trustee duties and rules to include ESG

September 12th, 2018

The article below my ‘preamble’ is reproduced with kind permission from  ‘Responsible Investor’ – published yesterday (11/9/2018). But first an introduction… Executive summary for retail professionals: In brief, the DWP has announced that they will expect pension trustees to consider ESG risks and opportunities – and specifically reference ‘climate change’ as an area they should […]

ILP Moneyfacts: SRI lightbulb moment editorial

July 12th, 2018

Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts magazine’s front page piece this month is devoted to ‘sustainable, responsible and ethical investment’. The editorial, which you can read here focuses on the shifts in regulation that have been a lightbulb moment for investors – who are increasingly recognising the importance of environmental and social issues. The article includes a […]

EU proposes action to support sustainable finance

May 25th, 2018

Yesterday was a big day for those of us who care about how investment and financial services impact the world we live in. The following is a direct ‘cut and paste’ version of a press released issued by the European Commission, complete with links. The potential implications of this are very significant for all in […]

EU Announces Sustainable Finance Action Plan

March 15th, 2018

On 8 March 2018 the EU published its response to the Sustainable Finance HLEG (High Level Expert Group) report issued in January.  Go to the new EU Sustainable Finance information here. The report is accompanied by an action plan and an event which will be live streamed on 22 March. I am yet to digest the report, however […]

EU HLEG Final Report – Sustainable Finance

February 15th, 2018

The EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance published by far the most welcome document I have seen in a very long time (if ever) at the end of January this year. The HLEG, which comprised 20 experts (6 of whom were from the UK) has brought together a range of proposals that relate to the […]

Green Finance Inquiry (UK)

January 16th, 2018

As readers may already know the government has said it is committed to supporting the hugely diverse (and essential) area of  ‘Green Finance’. Part of the process of developing this area involves calling for input in the form of a government inquiry. Written responses were requested for submission by  3 January – they can now be found here. […]

ILP Moneyfacts SRI articles: Climate Risk and Ethical Fund Survey

August 7th, 2017

  This month saw the publication of two SRI/ethical investment articles in ‘Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts’ magazine.  One was written by Moneyfacts editor Richard Eagling, the other by myself. See here for the ILP Moneyfacts annual ethical and SRI fund survey – Ethical Funds Survey July 2017 See here for my climate risk article (and in particular […]

NRG – a topsy turvy case study

July 28th, 2017

I have Raj Thamothram of Preventable Surprises to ‘thank’ for bringing this shocker of a story to my attention. In brief – this is a tale of the investment markets rewarding a company for turning its back on green issues and attempting to turn back the clock. There is much to say and many questions to ask – including how […]

HLEG – EU sustainable finance interim report published

July 19th, 2017

The EU has recently published its High Level Expert Group (HLEG) Sustainable Finance interim report. This ambitious and significant report covers issues ranging from financing greener infrastructure to the labelling SRI funds. Although mainly aimed at institutions the implication is that the final recommendations will also impact individual (retail) investors. The EU plans to start implementing changes at the start of 2018 […]

TCFD report final report – managing climate risk

June 29th, 2017

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure has today issued its much heralded final report the purpose of which is to establish a framework for company reporting that will enable investors to better assess and manage climate risk. The Financial Stability Board, chaired by Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney set up the TCFD (Task Force […]

Actuaries issued climate change Risk Alert

June 16th, 2017

Actuaries sent risk warning by professional body (IFoA) regarding material risk of climate change for pension schemes and other clients.

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Fund EcoMarket changes – New Styles and Subfund data
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Over the last six months we’ve been working on a number of pretty major changes to Fund EcoMarket. App The first major change, that you may be aware of, was to launch our new, also free to use, App which is available both via Apple and Google App stores (search ‘Fund EcoMarket’). SRI Styles changes […]

Keynote speaker announced for 21 October SRI Services and Partners event
September 2, 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 […]

Which? report on ethical investment
August 5, 2020

I’m delighted to have been able to support Which? with their recent ethical investment report (and for both SRI Services & Fund EcoMarket to have earned a mention online and in their magazine.) The report is a good introduction to the sector and one individual investors are likely to find very useful, with quotes from […]