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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 […]

The day everything changed for big oil?

May 27th, 2021

We all know that climate change poses a massive – indeed ‘existential’ – threat and that things will change rapidly as we work to acheive the goals agreed in Paris in 2015. We also know that renewable energy companies, and related industries, have a bright future – indeed it could be said that ‘they are […]

UKSIF launches new policy vision – where next for UK Sustainable Finance?

May 11th, 2021

UKSIF Policy Vision On 28 April 2021 UKSIF launched its new ‘policy vision’ at an event convened to celebrate the organisation’s 30th anniversary. The document makes great reading if you wish to explore how sustianable finance may evolve over the coming years. You can download the new UKSIF Policy Vision here. The main elements of […]

Eurosif welcomes new EU Sustainable Finance Package

May 11th, 2021

On 21 April 2021 the EU published an extensive package of measures to help facilitate the transition to a more sustainable future. The new rules do not relate directly to the UK however it is widely regarded as unlikely that the UK would wish to diverge significantly from their position on sustainable finance – and […]

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 […]

21 October 2020 ‘SRI Services & Partners’ annual event registration

April 8th, 2020

In the hope and expectation that some kind of normality will have returned by October I am pleased to say that we are planning our event for this autumn as normal and that our 21 October, London, Barbican  sign up form is now open – via Eventbrite – here. We are only able to publish […]

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 […]

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