It is widely recognised that the financial sector has an integral role in driving our transition to a sustainable economy. Over the past few decades, sustainable finance has evolved from a series of niche ‘ethical’ products to a mainstream sector working on a global scale. Beyond focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, the market has shifted towards directing capital towards solutions which prioritise sustainable and inclusive growth, together with increased emphasis on transparency, long-termism, and the growing potential of new trends and technologies.

The UK has made significant moves to establish itself as a key international financial hub for green finance, alongside a wider ambition to become a global champion of impact investing. While great progress has been made in promoting and integrating these priorities within mainstream financial practice and policy, the implications of Brexit on financial regulations and standards has increasingly dominated discussions about London’s future as a financial centre. In this context, how can the UK cement its position as a global leader in sustainable finance?

This event will draw together insights on market based initiatives, financing tools that help catalyse the flow of economic resources towards sustainable solutions, and the wider infrastructure developments and national strategies which could encourage cross-sector collaboration and international alignment. What does this mean in terms of practical leadership from investors, asset owners and managers in their operations and the ways they engage investees, suppliers and the public? And how are companies responding with their financial strategies, their use of innovative financing instruments, and by measuring and reporting impact to investors?

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Event for: Directors/Heads of: Finance | Investment | CSR | Sustainability | Energy


  • Sir Roger Gifford

    Chairman, Green Finance Initiative
  • Ingrid Holmes

    Director, Head of Policy, Hermes Investment Management
  • Will Goodhart

    Chief Executive, CFA UK
  • Molly Scott-Cato

    Member of the European Parliament
  • Dylan Tanner

    Executive Director, InfluenceMap
  • Manuel Adamini

    Head of Investor Engagement, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Ines Faden

    Treasurer, Tideway London
  • Kaori Shigiya

    Head of SDGs, UN Principles for Responsible Investment

Round Tables

  • Financing the transition to a zero carbon economy
    The climate targets of the Paris Agreement have helped to move sustainable finance to the top of the agenda, but the IPCC’s estimated figure of $2.4 trillion annual investment in low-carbon technologies worldwide presents an unprecedented challenge. What are the barriers that are preventing capital from funding the decarbonisation of particular sectors? What financial instruments and corporate projects have proven to attract investors and demonstrate returns? What else is required to unlock the scale of capital reallocation that is necessary for the transition to a zero-carbon economy?
  • Growing the retail market for sustainable finance
    Commendable progress has been made in green and sustainable institutional investment. But the growth of the sustainable finance market in the UK represents a wider shift towards an impact economy that is also marked by changes in consumer behaviour, individual investor expectations and workplace trends. How are new products and services responding to the demand from retail customers who want to save or invest in line with their values? What are the challenges and opportunities associated with public awareness, market comparability, and the use of new digital platforms?
  • Galvanising the workforce
    Although the average employee may not think of themselves as an investor, pension funds have a significant role to play in strengthening a financial system that prioritises long-term security and quality of life. With auto-enrolment in pensions stimulating a six-fold growth in assets in Defined Contribution pension schemes by 2030, how can companies leverage the values and agency of their employees to grow the sustainable finance footprint across mainstream financial markets? What kind of awareness raising, education and consultation in the workplace promotes financial responsibility and ownership across the business?
  • Financing the Sustainable Development Goals
    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for deploying funding on a series of global thematic priorities. Aligning capital with the goals has already proven successful in expanding the remit of sustainable finance to new areas and propositions. However, achieving the SDGs will require investment far beyond the scale or reach of any one sector, national government, or philanthropic institution. With an estimated $12trn in commercial value to be created from investing in assets that are aligned with the SDGs, what more can be done by institutional investors and corporate investors to unlock further capital to achieve the goals?
  • Utilising the bond market to amplify sustainability commitments
    A number of UK businesses have actively engaged with the growing sustainability bond market to fund socially and environmentally focused projects that reflect their wider mission and sustainability commitments. What are the practical considerations associated with developing and communicating a strong business case for sustainable bonds and other innovative financial instruments? What financial structures, governance processes and reporting frameworks help to attract investor interest and maintain confidence from investors, customers and the public?
  • Connecting finance with natural capital
    The concept of natural capital - referring to the global stocks of natural assets such as soil, air, water and biodiversity - provides a framework for financial institutions to assess the natural capital dependencies and impacts of their portfolios. What are the tools and techniques that can help financial asset managers understand the interdependencies of natural capital and their investments? How can these insights lead to more informed decisions that de-risk investments and offer innovative funding solutions to natural capital problems?
  • Changing cultures of fiduciary duty
    The notion of maximising shareholder value - and with it the definition of fiduciary duty - has slowly evolved to recognise the social responsibilities of a business. The Mission-Led Business review reiterated the power that Company Directors and Fiduciaries already have to pursue a social or environmental purpose in their investments. How has this changed cultures and practice at board level and within the strategy and operations of businesses? How is the market responding through professional services, education and third-party certifications?
  • Achieving systemic change through green finance
    Last week, the UK Government unveiled its Green Finance strategy, underpinned by the ambition to align and mobilise finance for clean and resilient growth. The strategy sets out laudable policy and regulatory measures to encourage more robust financial disclosures, promote direct funding and investment into green projects and infrastructure, and support innovation and education in the financial sector. But what more is needed to ensure these ambitions create long-term systemic change? What further stimuli and incentives could be deployed by Government to bring confidence to markets to move capital in the right direction, at the right speed, and at the right scale? What can be done to support and facilitate collaboration between financial institutions, multinationals and start-ups to harness the untapped potential of fintech solutions? And how must divestment be managed to mitigate market volatility and ensures a ‘just transition’ for those most affected by the next wave of the green revolution?
  • Measuring, reporting and disclosing impact to investors
    A number of new accounting, reporting and financial disclosure standards have emerged in recent years, with a growing number of organisations committing to the framework set by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and complemetary ambitions set out in the UK Government's Green Finance Strategy. These developments underscore the changing ways in which investors view the environmental footprints of companies and how these may pose investment risks or benefits. As the sustainable finance market enters a new phase of maturity, what does this mean for impact frameworks, reporting and transparency measures, and how are companies responding? From third party accreditation to global rankings, what data and metrics, comparative analyses, and qualitative measures are most useful for investors, investees, intermediaries and wider society?
  • Investing in sustainable cities
    The transition to a clean, green economy now seems like an inevitability rather than an ambition, highlighting clear investment cases for renewable energy, green transport and infrastructure, retrofitting buildings, and sustainable urban services in our cities and regions. Many local authorities are taking the lead in issuing their own sustainable financial products such as green and social bonds. But while the ambition of clean growth and place-based economies form dual pillars of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, there remain challenges that local and regional players face in regards to capital flows, financial market stability and risk mitigation. What emerging models and technologies will help cities develop sustainable, resilient infrastructure and services so that they are better able to attract and mobilise additional capital flows and maximise investment from cross-sector partners?
  • None


  • 16:30
  • 17:00
    Opening lightning talks from Sir Roger Gifford (Chairman, Green Finance Initiative); Molly Scott-Cato (MEP, Green Party); Manuel Adamini (Head of Investor Engagement, Climate Bonds Initiative)
  • 18:10
    Roundtable discussions
  • 18:45
    Networking break
  • 19:15
    The Crowd LATES evening panel discussion and podcast recording with Will Goodhart, Chief Executive, CFA UK; Ingrid Holmes, Director, Head of Policy Policy, Hermes Investment Management; Dylan Tanner, Executive Director, InfluenceMap; Ines Faden, Treasurer, Tideway London; and Kaori Shigiya, Head of SDGs, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (Chair)
  • 20:30

Venue Details

Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place

Who's Attending

Director 600strategy
Senior Consultant Acre
Environmental Sustainability Manager Adnams plc
MD Alexander & Associates
Assistant Treasurer Anglian Water
Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement Anglo American
Advisory Services Leader Arup
Sustainability Consultant Arup
Director Atelier Ten
Global Head of Reputation Management Barclays
Sustainability Director Barclays
Head of Analysis BloombergNEF
Senior Legal Counsel – Capital Markets & Co-ordinating Sustainable Finance BNP Paribas
Consultant BP
Director BRIDGE Partnership & Institute
Sustainability Manager British Land
Sector lead – Sustainability and Energy British Standards Institution (BSI)
Corporate Client Manager CAF
Head of Corporate Clients CAF
Senior manager, financial services CDP
Director, Water Security CDP
Chief Executive CFA UK
Chairman Metropolitan Branch CIWEM
Head of Investor Engagement Climate Bonds Initiative
Chief Energiser Cordant Group
Group Carbon Manager Costain
Sustainable Finance Manager Deloitte UK
Vice President Deutsche Bank
Senior Learning Consultant Earthwatch
Director of Programmes and Partnerships Earthwatch
Group Head of Sustainability Finlays
CEO Forster Communications
Chair Treasury Policy Committee FSB
Associate Director GK Strategy
CEO Globechain
Partner greenCrowd
Senior Consultant Hatch Regeneris
Senior Citizenship Executive Herbert Smith Freehills
Director, Head of Policy Hermes Investment Management
Head, Sustainable Fixed Income Hermes Investment Management
Technologist, IT Efficiency & Sustainability Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Business Model Innovation HSBC
Relationship Manager HSBC
Executive Director InfluenceMap
Community Programme Manager Informa Group plc
Supply Chain Sustainability Programmes (SWA) Intertek
Analyst / Portfolio Manager Investec Asset Management
Independent Financial Professional Jan Oliff Financial Planning Limited
Partner K&L Gates LLP
Senior Vice President Kam Johal
Director Kin&Co
Independent Non Executive KPMG UK LLP
Environmental Sustainabilty Laing O’Rourke
HR Director Legal & General
Social Impact Investment Manager Lendlease Investment Management
Counsel Linklaters LLP
Managing Associate Linklaters LLP
Head of Group Transformation and Group Executive Functions Communications Lloyds Banking Group
Group HSES Director Lloyd’s Register
Senior Advisor, Green Finance London Stock Exchange Group
Sustainability Director Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd
Relationships Manager Natural Capital Coalition
Portfolio Manager Newton
Investment Specialist and Head of Defined Contribution Newton Investment Management
Sustainability Project Manager O2
Social Impact programme lead Oliver Wyman
Risk Manager Orsted
Investor relations Progress Collective
Manager Ramboll
Sustainable Banking Lead – innovation and service RBS
ESG Reporting Analyst Redington
ESG Consultant Sancroft
Sustainability Senior Manager Santander
Sustainability Manager Santander
Policy Advisor Shadow Front Bench Treasury Team
HSSE Manager – Portfolio and New Business Development Shell International
Programme Director, Blended Finance SYSTEMIQ
Founder Tarapatha
Energy Manager The Energy Check
Group Head of Sustainability The Go-Ahead Group plc
Senior Associate, Environment & Operational Risk Travers Smith LLP
Head of Brexit Implementation Triodos Bank
Sustainability Manager Tullow Oil plc
Director of Business Development UL Environment and Sustainability
Head of SDGs and Thematic Investments UN PRI
Strategy Manager Veolia
Managing Director Verco
Head of Strategy and Research Verco
Purpose Director Virgin Management Ltd
Senior projet lead Virgin Unite
Director of Strategic Partnerships WaterAid
Senior Editor We Mean Business coalition
Partner – Head of Research WHEB Asset Management