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Frustration Can Change The World: TEDx Talk by Joanna Finlay

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNvTWQ9E71M[/embed] Meet Joanna Finlay, a passionate intrapreneur working to make banking fairer for people experiencing financial exclusion in the UK. In a recent TEDx talk at Newcastle University, Joanna shared her journey of using her day job at Virgin Money to make finance better serve people...

Start Up or Start In? Pathways to systemic change in finance

In this blog, our Head of Intrapreneurship, Lydia Hascott shares a view on entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship as pathways for building a financial system that serves people and planet. The Silicon Valley model of innovation has infiltrated the social impact world. For those of us considering how...

INTRAPRENEUR PROFILE | Anders Langworth: Bankers for Climate

Finance Matters supports finance professionals who are putting society and the environment firmly in the heart of business as usual. We call them systemic intrapreneurs. In this series we’re sharing the stories of those who have charted a path of change within their institutions to...

Executive MSc Social Business and Entrepreneurship – LSE

We need more leaders who can combine effective business skills with a deep understanding of social issues. The London School of Economics' Marshall Institute is recruiting for its next cohort of students for its Executive MSc Social Business & Entrepreneurship which is doing just that. This...

Financial Institutions Committing to the SDGs – Sign the petition

Humans in Finance are calling for the world’s largest finance companies with a total of $90 trillion of assets or assets under management to publicly commit to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and specifically outline what they are doing to help achieve them. Sign the...

Sustainable Finance Survey: Have your say

  "What is the standing of the sustainable finance and ESG community within the wider investment world?” We think sustainability professionals like you should be properly valued for your work. We also think you should have access to all the best opportunities for professional development. That’s why we...

The Dangers of Purpose-Driven Business

In this blog our Head of Intrapreneurship, Lydia Hascott, makes the case for why we need to think more carefully about purpose-driven business plus the opportunity for intrapreneurs. Read the first blog in the series here.   We need to talk about purpose. As the Karrakins Group describes it: "Purpose...

Announcing the Finance Matters Advisory Group

Finance Matters was founded in 2012 by finance professionals Madeline Evans and Roberta Benedetti del Rio. In 2018, the Finance Innovation Lab took up hosting of the Finance Matters community. This year, we are building on Finance Matters' strong foundations to develop additional pathways and support...

Finance for the Future Awards 2019 (Entries Open)

The Finance for the Future Awards are now open for entries. The awards look for organisations and individuals that are supporting the integration of sustainability into financial decision making. The awards are free to enter and open to all individuals and organisations globally including businesses, charities, social enterprises...

Intrapreneurs in Finance: Creating Positive Change from Within

Finance Matters is a community hosted by the Finance Innovation Lab, supporting professionals who are committed to innovating within their organisations so they better serve people and planet. In this blog, Head of Intrapreneurship, Lydia Hascott, shares some of the key frameworks we’re using to approach...

Entries Open: Young Banker of the Year 2019

Entries are now open for the 2019 Young Banker of the Year competition. Hosted by the Chartered Banker Institute, this year's challenge is as follows: “What idea would you implement in your own organisation to improve outcomes for some or all of the following groups: customers, colleagues,...

Promoting Economic Pluralism

Promoting Economic Pluralism (PEP) is launching an accreditation scheme to identify, recognise and encourage university masters programmes that take a pluralist approach to teaching economics. PEP advocates for the mainstreaming of economic pluralism – recognising that there are multiple ways of thinking about, teaching and...

The banking society

How should we understand the social impact of banking? An article in Prospect Magazine takes a look at the intimate interaction between banking and society, and the potential social impact of financial services. Whilst financial inclusion is often seen as the primary potential positive impact...

BEYOND TRADE-OFFS: Investor perspectives from across the continuum of impact investing

As impact investing grows, investors are beginning to better understand the relationship between risk, return, and impact. Beyond Trade-offs is a series that includes research from the Economist Intelligence Unit on the factors driving this growth, and perspectives from leading investors who have moved beyond the trade-off debate to...

Millennial Voices: new collection of stories from Authentic Investor

Authentic Investor have released a new collection of short articles written by millennials working in investment. Millennial Voices brings together the stories of six young investment professionals, all working in sustainability roles across Canada, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Their reflections show the...

$1 billion pledged by UN Green Climate Fund

Ahead of the UN climate talks in December, the Green Climate Fund has pledged $1 billion for 19 new projects and programmes in developing countries. The approved proposals include climate resilience projects in Indian coastal communities, renewable energy in Tonga and finance-focused programmes in Africa...

Banks and social impact measurement

Should banks measure their social impact? A recent article, focusing on banking in the USA, argues exactly that - and suggests that the financial sector could learn a lot from the non-profit world about how to measure and evidence the impact they are having on...

Impact investing for the SDGs

According to a new survey from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the value of the impact investment market has doubled in the last year, and is now worth $228 billion. Whilst this figure sounds impressive, it’s substantially less than the $5-7 trillion needed to...

Finance Innovation Lab Fellowship 2018-19 – now open for applications!

Finance Matters’ partners Finance Innovation Lab have opened applications for the Lab Fellowship 2018-19 - and this year’s theme is data. The Lab is on the hunt for brilliant innovations that harness the power of data to make finance serve people and planet – whether that’s...

Money managers team up with charities to offer ethical investment products

The Economist has an interesting piece on Impact Shares - a non-profit money manager who is developing exchange-traded funds in partnership with non-profits. Impact Shares has drawn on the expertise and experience of non-profits to determine criteria for ethical stocks around particular social justice issues....

EU climate initiative focuses on finance

EIT Climate-KIC – the EU’s largest public-private partnership for climate innovation – is focusing on finance at their upcoming Climate Innovation Summit: Mission Finance in Dublin on 6-8 November. Speaking to Environmental Finance, Climate-KIC’s CEO Kirsten Dunlop highlighted the need ‘to rewire the financial system...

‘Sluggish’ progress towards gender equality in finance

A new report, based on data from the Financial Conduct Authority, has revealed that women in financial services are still very much in the minority at senior levels. Only 14% of partners at private equity firms, hedge funds and other financial services companies are women,...

UK ethical investment market set for 173% growth

Edie reports that the ethical investment market in the UK will reach £48bn by 2027. New research from Triodos Bank, which surveyed 2020 UK investors, shows a growing appetite for socially responsible investment. Given that this commitment is particularly high among millennials and Gen Z,...

Investors are tackling corporate greenwashing

Bloomberg has an interesting article on corporate sustainability claims and reporting, highlighting the role that investors have played in pushing for accountability. Whilst greenwashing remains a problem, the piece argues that investors are creating greater transparency by introducing their own tools and and reporting mechanisms. Read...

Ethical investment options growing among robo-advice websites

Online investment platform Wealthify has added ethical portfolios to their product offerings. Money Observer reports that Wealthify joins other robo-advice websites Moola, PensionBee and Wealthsimple in offering customers ethical investment options, representing a growing demand for investment opportunities that align with customer values. Wealthify customers...

Worthstone launches impact investing awards

Worthstone, the social impact investment firm, have announced the launch of a series of ethical investing awards, to celebrate and recognise best practice in impact investment. Award categories include best impact product, best impact firm and an award for individual advisors. Submissions are open now...

Pension funds warned of possible legal action on climate

BusinessGreen reports that environmental legal charity ClientEarth has written to 14 large pension funds in the UK, outlining how they could face legal action if they do not do more to respond to the risks posed by climate change. The letter outlines how they are...

Chartered Banker Institute launches new Green Finance Certificate

The Chartered Banker Institute has launched the world's first professional qualification in green finance: The Green Finance Certificate.  Finance Matters’ partners The Finance Innovation Lab are proud to have authored the textbook for the course, which covers: The scientific background to green finance, including climate change and...

UNEP releases new climate methodology for banks

Sustainable Brands reports that the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), in partnership with climate risk advisory firm Acclimatise, has published a new report, Navigating a new climate, containing methodologies to support the banking industry to understand and assess climate risks and opportunities. The methodologies...

Banks join fight against climate change

Bloomberg reports that several of Europe’s biggest banks have announced new sustainable finance initiatives, representing the growing willingness of financial institutions to get involved in climate action. Examples mentioned include a sustainable investing strategy at UBS, a colour-coded risk ranking related to the environmental credentials...

Evidence of demand for ethical investment continues to grow

Good with Money has collated a useful selection of reports from the last few years that show that the demand for ethical investment options is here, and growing. The reports, including from The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, UKSIF and Morgan Stanley, offer a range of...

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...

European Investment Bank launches Sustainability Awareness Bond

On the margins of the recent IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced the launch of the Sustainability Awareness Bond. The Bond, which will initially focus on the water sector, aims to support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable...

Firms join Social Impact Investing Taskforce

Last year, the UK Government commissioned an independent Advisory Group to publish a report with recommendations for growing a culture of social impact investment and savings in the UK. Following publication of the Advisory Group’s report, Prime Minister Theresa May has now asked Elizabeth Corley, vice chair of Allianz...

Barclays launches new green mortgage scheme

Good with Money reports that Barclays has launched a new Green Home Mortgage, offering discounted rates for those buying energy efficient properties from selected housebuilders. The move follows the launch of its multi-impact growth fund, which enables its customers to invest in some of the...

The financial performance of impact investing through private debt

The GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) has released a number reports on the financial performance of impact investing, aiming to set sector benchmarks and build a strong evidence base for impact investment. Private debt and fixed income instruments are among the most significant asset classes in impact investing, accounting for...

Social Investment Intelligence Network releases its first report

While there is plenty of available research on the demand from investors for social investment opportunities – and periodic research into the demand for finance from charities and social enterprises – there is little ongoing, up-to-date information available about the nature of this demand for...

UNEP Finance Inquiry releases final report

On 31 March, the UN Environment Programme Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Finance System came to the completion of its mandate. The Inquiry, launched in 2014, aimed to advance options to align the financial system with sustainable development, and spurred the development of...

AI and finance: opportunity or risk?

Will AI help people understand their financial options or increase bias and exclusion? How can automated advice take account of people’s social and environmental motivations?  And how can AI reflect changing values over time and between generations? The Finance Innovation Lab has released a new briefing...

Finance for the Future 2018 Awards – now open for entries

The call for entries has now opened for the 2018 Finance for the Future awards, celebrating finance teams that champion sustainability. The awards, are free to enter and open to all individuals and organisations globally, including businesses, charities, social enterprises and those in the public sector. The awards are unique...

Green Finance Taskforce publishes recommendations

The Green Finance Taskforce has published its report to UK Government, with 30 recommendations aiming to unlock private finance to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. The recommendations are grouped around ten overarching themes, including: Creating a unified brand for green finance in the UK Launching a...

ExxonMobil’s 2016 Mock Integrated Report

When introduced to the idea of integrated reporting – communicated how an organisation creates value in the short, medium and long term – companies typically raise three concerns: complexity, cost, and litigation risk. To address these issues, Bob Eccles of Said Business School and Mike...

London tops Global Green Finance Index

A new index measuring the progress of the world’s financial centres towards sustainability has ranked London in first place. The Global Green Finance Index, published by campaign group Finance Watch and consultancy Z/Yen, seeks to measure perceptions of the quality and depth of green financial products...

EU releases new Action Plan on Sustainable Finance

The European Commission has released its new Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, following the publication of its High-Level Expert Group’s recommendations for supporting the sector. The Action Plan has three main aims: reorient capital flows towards sustainable investment manage financial risks stemming from climate change, environmental degradation...

New taskforce on social impact investing

The Prime Minister has commissioned an industry taskforce to progress the recommendations in the ‘Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK’ report, released in November 2017. The taskforce will work on generating a faster rate of innovation in the financial services industry...

New online platform launched to support impact management

Access and New Philanthropy Capital have launched impactsupport.org, an online platform co-designed with charities and social and enterprises to offer practical support for impact planning, data and culture. The site – built with “ real insight, experience and grit from across the voluntary, public and private...

Should we scrap the phrase ‘investment readiness’?

Should we scrap the phrase ‘investment readiness’? Nick Temple, the new CEO of the Social Investment Business, argues in Civil Society that too much support is focussed on getting social enterprises and charities ready for one potential outcome, rather than strengthening their flexibility, resilience and...

Is the EU about to launch a ‘green’ assets classification system?

Earlier this year, the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance published its final recommendations, including a call for Europe to create a robust classification system for 'green' or 'sustainable' investments. Now it's reported that EU finance ministers have accepted the need for a classification system, according...

MBAs: the case against

The MBA has long been seen as the essential qualification for business leaders, but in a recently published extract from her book Makers and Takers, Financial Times journalist Rana Foroohar argues that the qualification is failing the economy and society. Foroohar argues that "MBA education today is basically an education...

The growth of purpose-driven business

B Lab UK has released new research showing that registered B Corps grew 28 times faster than UK GDP over the past 12 months. Average year-on-year growth of B Corps- businesses that achieve a high level of social or environmental outcomes - was 14% in the past year. 150 B Corps have registered...

Solar boom in China powers growth in clean energy investment

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever. Solar investment globally amounted to $160.8 billion in 2017, up 18% on the previous year, with just over half of the world total ($86.5 billion) spent in...

Perspectives on the circular economy from practitioners

In tandem to highlighting the Circular Phone report, we've sourced a few examples of the opportunities and challenges of implementing the circular economy techniques in practice. In November the Ellen MacArthur Foundation released a visionary report outlining a new system for the fashion industry based on...

New financing models supporting the Circular Economy

This month, Sustainable Finance Lab, ​Circle Economy​, Fairphone​, ​PGGM​, ​ING​, ​ABN AMRO​, ​NBA​, ​Allen & Overy, and Circularise​, have teamed up within a Community of Practice and launch the report The Circular Phone. The report provides practical answers to common financing pitfalls for circular businesses,...

Big Sustainability Trends in 2017

Generation Investment Management has released its 2017 Sustainability Trends Report - the first of its kind after 13 years in operation. The report investigates 5 areas where Generation's research and investment teams have seen significant advances in sustainability: Mobility, Energy, Built Environment, Food Systems, Wellbeing.  In each...

As a positive investor, can you create real impact? 

When do impact investments create real change? This panel debate on Stanford Social Innovation Review's website features leaders from the U.S. and U.K. impact and sustainable investing world weighing in on the question. Bridges Ventures says focus on under-served geographies; Big Society Capital says look for...

Ashoka Launches Social Investment Toolkit

In case you missed it, Ashoka announced the launch of its Social Investment Toolkit, working with UBS. The Toolkit covers an introduction to social change, measuring impact, business model, scaling strategy, financial model, legal structure, financing terms, and pitch. The order of the modules is telling: start...

Climate change attention shifts to water

The Carbon Disclosure Foundation (CDF) published its latest report examining investments across its corporate members. The Global Water Report 2017 notes 535 companies (70%) now have board level oversight of water issues. Diageo, Colgate, Palmolive and Nestle, are now attaching values to water use in order to account for social...

HMG Clean Growth Strategy is published

An ambitious strategy setting out how the UK is leading the world in cutting carbon emissions to combat climate change while driving economic growth was published 12 October 2017 by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark. ‘The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low carbon...

Change Finance Launch First ETF

SRI-focused asset manager Change Finance has announced the launch of its first ETF – the Change Finance Diversified Impact US Large Cap Fossil Fuel Free ETF (NYSE Arca: CHGX). The ETF tracks an index that uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide its...

Green bonds are expected to reach more than $130 billion in 2017

Bloomberg New Energy Finance published its most recent analysis and revealed that green bonds issuance is set to reach $134.9 billion by the end of 2017, a new record so far. Year to date, green bonds issuance has been $96 billion and another $39 billion...

Towards A Green Finance Framework, New EBF Report

Under the title, Towards a Green Finance Framework, the European Banking Federation published a report that assesses the role of the banking sector in the context of the discussion on green finance on September 28. The EBF report focuses on the technical, legal and regulatory...

Australia Launches its First Live Impact Investing Database, Innovation

As reported last week, the so-called Current Deals Library was launched Monday by the Impact Investing Hub, offering a public website listing live impact investment opportunities for potential investees. The site collates basic information about current deals in the impact investing ecosystem, outlining the forecast financial return and social...

Growing Green Finance, By TheCityUK & Imperial College

A new report from TheCityUK and Imperial College Business School makes the case for the UK to better seize the opportunities presented by its position as a leading centre for green finance. It argues that the sector should become an integral part of mainstream financial...

Barclays launches a retail ‘impact investing’ fund

Barclays announced the launch of its Multi-Impact Growth Fund, offering retail and institutional investors the opportunity to generate long-term capital growth, whilst, the bank emphasizes, making a positive contribution to society The Multi-Impact Growth Fund invests primarily in specialist third-party funds, which have been identified and...

Growing Investor Appetite for Low Carbon Related Investments, HSBC Research

New research commissioned by HSBC shows that 68% of global investors intend to increase their low-carbon related investments to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Growing investor appetite for low carbon investments is strongest in Europe (97%), the Americas (85%) and Asia (68%)....

Finance Matters Interviews Daniel Godfrey from The People’s Trust

Bio Daniel Godfrey has led both the IA and the AIC. He founded The Investor Forum, which to promote long-termism among asset managers, asset owners and companies. He is an NED of Moneybox, an app that enables people to round-up their digital spare change into an...

China Boosts Global Green Efforts with UK-China Taskforce

China will promote cross-border green bond flows and green finance investment as part of efforts to fulfill its commitment to ensure sustainable growth it was reported last week. Chen Yulu, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, was quoted saying the nation will stay...

SSE issues largest ever green bond by UK firm

The green finance market has been buoyed by news that British energy company SSE has issued the biggest ever green bond by a UK company. The bond will provide capital to be used to refinance SSE’s portfolio of onshore wind farms. The €600m bond provides capital...

USD 84.6 bn of green bonds in 2017, SEB Research

On 29 August, SEB released its latest Green Bond Research Report  summarising year to date development in the Green Bond space. The green bond market continues to grow rapidly, with USD 84.6 bn of issuance YTD, standing 53% higher than 2016 volumes Year-over-Year (YoY). According to the report....

Asian Development Bank Proposes Creation of National Green Financing Vehicles

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in a report launched 29 August, propose the creation of national green financing vehicles to catalyze environmentally and financially sustainable infrastructure investments in Asia and the Pacific. The report, Catalyzing Green Finance: A Concept for Leveraging Blended Finance for Green...

Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability, Harvard Business Review

Seymour Burchman and Barry Sullivan draw parallels between sustainability metrics and quality metrics introduced by manufacturers in the 1980’s in executive compensation incentives in a recent article in Harvard Business Review. The quality metrics where shown to focus executive attention and ensure quality initiatives actually...

Finance Matters Interviews Dominique Carrie from Social Finance

Bio Base: London, UK Position: Associate, International Development Team, Social Finance Tenure in current role: 11 months By: Clare McCartney Dominique, can you tell us a bit about your story / background? I was born in France and lived there until I was 18, when I decided to travel and see...

IFR Asia Green Bonds Roundtable 2017, Wrap Up

IFR Asia convened a panel of specialists in Hong Kong on July 11 to discuss the progress made so far and debate the challenges ahead.  2017 YTD has been a comparatively quiet year for China’s domestic market. However, the arrival of first-time issuers from the...

Millenials fueling $9 trillion sustainable investing market

Millennials are driving the nearly $9 trillion sustainable investing market, according to Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing. Sustainable investment products have grown at a rate of more than 33% between 2014 and 2016 in the US, according to data from the US SIF Foundation...

J.P. Morgan commit to $200 bn clean-energy financing by 2025

JPMorgan Chase is expanding its strategy to advance environmentally sustainable solutions for clients and its own operations according to a press release. The firms two new strategic goals include firstly, renewable energy, meaning the firm will source renewable power for 100 percent of its global...

Green Bond Funds Face Diversification Challenge, Fitch Report

Diversification is the main portfolio management challenge for green bond funds as issuer numbers are limited and concentrated in certain sectors, Fitch Ratings report. The size of the investible green bond universe depends on the specific definitions and characteristics of each fund, but Fitch estimate...

Why Impact Investing Needs to Go Mainstream, Podcast recommendation

For anyone looking for an interesting podcast for vacation listening (or the commute to work) the latest Wharton Social Impact Initiative Podcast is recommended. In it, Impact Investment Exchange founder, Durreen Shahnaz, discusses impact investing. Durreen Shahnaz started her career with Morgan Stanley in 1989...

Impact Reporting in the Green Bond Market, Climate Bond Initiative Study

The Climate Bond Initiative recently launched a study entitled Post-Issuance Use of Proceeds – Trends and Best Practice. The report is Climate Bonds Initiative’s first detailed study of current practice around post-issuance reporting of green funding and monitoring of green bond allocation. The Post-Issuance Use...

EU to consider labels for green finance products

In a push to foster sustainable markets and instill trust in investors, the European Commission has discussed plans to introduce labels for clearer classification of green financial products. In order to achieve the ambitious climate goals set at the Paris Agreement, the European Commission predicts that...

Green Finance Progress Report Published by UNEP

UN Environment published their Green Finance Progress Report last week showing the development of new financial products and encouraging policies to bridge the funding gap in sustainable investment. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN agency, said: “The world has committed to creating a better future...

Green finance group call on EU to stop funding fossil fuels

13 July, the EU’s high-level group on sustainable finance published its interim report  prompting the European Union to stop all public funding for fossil fuel industries such as coal, oil and gas. The upcoming revision of the EU’s multi-annual budget is “a significant opportunity” to increase investments in clean...

America’s Pledge, US Corporations and States Uphold Paris Accord

On July 12, California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg launched America’s Pledge on climate change, a new initiative to compile and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of...

Finance Matters Interviews Nathan Elstub, CIO at Nesta

Bio Base: London, UK Position: Chief Investment Officer, Nesta Impact Investments Tenure in current role: 2 years By: Clare McCartney Nathan, can you tell us a bit about your story and how you arrived at Nesta? I started off life as an engineer but always had a keen interest in business...

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...