June 2018

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Government announces launch of Green Finance Institute

In his annual Mansion House speech last Thursday 21 June, the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the government will establish a new Green Finance Institute, co-funded with the City of London Corporation. The Institute is tasked with developing the UK’s green finance market but has...

Culture change needed to achieve gender diversity in finance

The Treasury Committee has published a report calling for a cultural shift in the financial services sector to address the lack of gender diversity at senior levels. The report looks at the barriers facing women in finance, and found that most stemmed from the ‘alpha-male’...

Growing sense of responsibility among young millionaires

A new survey of over one thousand high-net-worth individuals suggests a substantial lean towards feelings of societal responsibility and interest in impact investing among younger generations. The survey, commissioned by RBC Wealth Management, asked respondents a range of questions on topics such as how their...

Investing in a just transition

A new paper from the Grantham Research Institute argues that while investors are increasingly taking action on climate change issues, few are integrating social concerns into their strategies - tackling not only the challenge of ‘stranded assets’, but also the risk of ‘stranded workers’ and...

Are hedge funds turning to responsible investment?

The Financial Times reports that hedge funds are committing an increasing proportion of their assets to responsible investment strategies. According to a survey of 80 investment managers, 40% of hedge funds have already hired a responsible investment specialist or plan to do so, while with...