June 2017

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Combining ethics and return remains a challenge to investors

Miles Johnson reports (paywall) in Financial Times wealth section on June 23, that according to the most recent Financial Times Investing for Global Impact report, which surveyed 246 family offices and foundations about philanthropy and impact investing, one of the biggest challenges for these investors...

Finance Matters interviews Roberta Bove, Executive Palladium

Bio Name: Roberta Bove Based: London, UK Position: Executive, Impact Investing at Palladium Tenure in current role: 2 years (3 with Palladium)   Roberta, please tell us a bit about your background. My background is in traditional finance. After graduating in finance from Bocconi University in Italy, I built my technical foundation...

Countries are progressing too slowly on green growth

The OECD published its Green Growth Indicators 2017 report on June 20. The report uses a uses a range of indicators covering everything from land use to CO2 productivity and innovation to show where 46 countries rank on balancing economic growth with environmental pressures over 1990...

Green Finance Pilot Zones and Platforms Paving the Way in China

The Central Bank of China announced on June 16 measures to support the establishment of five green finance pilot zones. The aim of the pilot zones is to boost the development of green finance products including interest discount and tax incentives from central and local...

The Bank of England Responds to Climate Change

In its Quarterly Bulletin 2017 Q2 published June 16, The Bank of England announced they will initiate a review of climate-related risks in the UK banking sector. The work will be carried out in a similar way to the assessment of insurance companies it launched...

Finance Matters Interviews Evita Zanuso, Director BSC

Bio Base: London, UK Position: Director of Financial Sector and Investor Engagement, Big Society Capital (BSC) Tenure in current role: 3.5 years By: Clare McCartney Evita, please tell us a bit about your background. My background has mainly been in financial services, although my first job straight out of university...

Green and Sustainable Finance highlighted in EU’s Capital Markets Union initiative

The mid-term review of EU’s Capital Markets Union Initiative was published on June 8th.  The report contains a section dedicated to green and sustainable finance, marking another step towards mainstreaming green finance in Europe as reported by EURACTIV’s Frédéric Simon.  Once regarded as “exotic”, sustainable...

What Comes of Paris Climate Accord Without U.S. ?

A summary of the story evolving so far… In the wake of U.S President Donald Trump announcing the intention for the US to withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord June 1st Jess Shankleman on Bloomberg, provides a useful Q&A of what comes of the accord without...

Ant Financial App Reduces Carbon Footprint of 200 million Chinese Consumers

A report was released on May 30 by the Green Digital Finance Alliance, founded by UN Environment and Ant Financial. The report gave an update on Ant Financial Services Group, in association with UN Environment large-scale pilot in greening citizens’ consumption behavior through the use of mobile payment platforms, big...