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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 […]

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 […]

Building Trust in Sustainable Investment – FCA keynote speech at SRI Services Good Money Week event

November 26th, 2020

On 21 October 2020 Richard Monks – Director of Strategy at the FCA – kindly gave the keynote speech at our annual ‘SRI Services and Partners Good Money Week event’. There is a transcript of his speech available on the FCA website here. We were delighted with the content of the speech and welcome the […]

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 […]

EU ESG consultations – SFDR & Disclosure

June 19th, 2020

Introduction The EU has a raft of consultations ongoing aimed at driving  investment to be more focused on sustainability. I am yet to give these the time they deserve, but to help you keep up to date here are some thoughts and links you may like to digest… Although their work on sustainable finance has […]

Understanding Greenwash

November 13th, 2019

Recent media coverage, generated in part in response to a recent report by SCM*, indicates that greenwash fears are growing apace. This is of course a huge shame as when we talk about funds that focus on environmental, social and ethical issues we would all much rather be talking about their benefits relative to their […]

FCA Feedback Statement on Climate Change and Green Finance

October 18th, 2019

FCA statement on climate change and green finance

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 […]

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 […]

How not to do SRI. Guardian article on Goldman Sachs ‘Just’ fund

September 30th, 2018

I am not close enough to say whether or not the specifics of this article are correct, yet none of it really surprises me… The financial services community has a reputation for audacity and struggles to earn trust. Reading this article makes the risks associated with the SRI market ‘going mainstream’ very clear. The piece […]

SRI Services welcomes FCAs proposed review on SRI, ESG & ethical concerns

July 20th, 2018

I am running rather late with blogs at the moment as there is so much happening – but felt it important to flag the news that the FCA is looking into the area of ESG/SRI in Q1 2019 – as part of their response to the Law Commission’s  review of Pensions and Social Investment. None […]

Pensions & Social Investment: Law Commission review

June 27th, 2017

We are delighted to welcome the Law Commission review of ‘Pensions & Social Investment’ published June 2017. This important review, whilst not fully digested yet, appears to support and even advance the view that social, as well as other related ethical and environmental considerations should form part of our pensions investment landscape and decision making. You can […]

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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 […]