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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 […]

Coronavirus and ESG – some early (personal) reflections

March 27th, 2020

This has undoubtedly been a memorable (and pretty miserable) week, month and indeed quarter. My first thoughts, when the horrible seriousness of Coronovirus started to become clear, may however have been a little different from some in that they were not entirely negative… Aside from the fears about relatives – my mother-in-law is recently bereaved, […]

‘Ethical Tipping Point’- Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts article

July 12th, 2019

For a great overview of the SRI / ESG / Ethical fund market you might like to take a look at this month’s Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts deep dive article – attached here  – which I am delighted to be quoted in,  alongside our good friends at EdenTree, King & Shaxson – and survey […]

UK launches Green Finance Strategy & Green Finance Institute

July 3rd, 2019

The ever increasing flow of activity in our area has accelerating further this week with the launch of the Government’s Green Finance Strategy ‘Transforming finance for a Greener future’ and the launch of the BEIS and Corporation of London supported  ‘Green Finance Institute’. (2 July 2019). Both are greatly welcome initiatives and we look forward […]

April ‘inSRI’ newsletter link

May 2nd, 2019

For a quick round up of our activity (Feb – April 2019) and other SRI related news (that will hopefully be of use to financial services intermediaries!)  here is a link to our latest ‘inSRI’ Newsletter.  This includes a big ‘welcome’ to EdenTree our most recent sponsoring partner!         https://mailchi.mp/c28ca44c4068/sri-services-and-fund-ecomarket-news-april-2019  

Link to our February 2019 newsletter

March 6th, 2019

  February newsletter link here.    

SRI Services response to ESMA Consultation Paper ‘On Integrating sustainability risks and factors into MIFID II’

February 21st, 2019

SRI Services was delighted to have had the opportunity to respond to the ESMA Consultation Paper ‘On Integrating sustainability risks and factors into MIFID II’ earlier this week (even though it did seem a bit strange doing so given Brexit…) In brief, the paper (European Securities and Markets Authority – ESMA35-43-1210)  proposes ESG/Sustainability related fact […]

Investment Association to consult on Sustainability and Responsible Investment

February 4th, 2019

The Investment Association announced last week that it is to consult members on Sustainability and Responsible Investment. Their launch release is copied below. The deadline for this consultation is 1 March and although we have already spoken with the IA on this SRI Services plans to respond also. You can download the IA Consultation document here. […]

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 […]

‘Exploring Sustainability & Suitability’ – SRI event for intermediaries

September 4th, 2018

Good Money Week 2018 – SRI Services  & Partners event ‘Screened, Themed and Engaged 2018 event:  Sustainability & Suitability’ We are currently getting ready to celebrate the 11th Good Money Week, putting the final touches to our annual event for financial services intermediaries. Details of the event are below: When?  3rd October 2018 Where? The Mermaid, Puddle Dock […]

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 […]

Pension Funds and Social Investment – final government report

June 18th, 2018

This morning, 18 June 2018, the Government published its final response to the 2017 Law Commission report on pension funds and social investment. The following information was published today by UKSIF (whilst I was working on our MiFID2 response*!): “The foreword is written by Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, and Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for […]

FT Adviser Impact Investment article by Julia Dreblow

March 6th, 2018

With rapidly growing interest in the area of how investments can have a positive impact I was recently asked by FTAdviser to write a brief article on this topic. In case you missed it amidst all the weather inflicted chaos last week  you can view the full article here, or read the text below. ===== Ethical/SRI February […]

Pension funds & Social Investment – plus ESG, Stewardship and Ethics

December 18th, 2017

Pension funds and social investment: interim (government) response  – 18 December 2017 SRI Services welcomes today’s report, which we view as taking pension schemes a step closer to being better able to meet the ‘Big 3’ (very different, but none the less important) ‘sustainable, responsible and ethical’ client/member aims, which believe are: to better reflect personal ethical values, to make sound […]

Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK

November 27th, 2017

A major new report (the Corley Review) has been published considering how the UK can increase investment in ways that have positive social impacts. This welcome report includes 53 recommendations – calls to action for government and the investment community. The report was prepared by an independent advisory group chaired by Elizabeth Corley, Vice Chair Allianz […]

See SRI Services for earlier blogs

May 3rd, 2017

Earlier blogs by Julia Dreblow of sriServices can be found on the www.sriServices.co.uk website, accessible directly via this link.

Link to old SRI Services blog area

February 3rd, 2017

News: from SRI Services & Fund EcoMarket Our most recent blogs can be found in the blog area of Fund EcoMarket HERE. For blogs between 2011 and 2017 see: www.sriServices.co.uk/news For Financial Services Professionals only Author: Julia Dreblow

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