Words of Welcome, Ethical Finance 2019

The Rt. Hon Gordon Brown welcome the GEFI conference participants and to have cross party support for the agenda.
Ethical Finance 2019 (EF2019) was organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) which oversees, organises and coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change. With the Bank of England recognising climate change as a core financial risk, the proliferation of the UN SDGs and the ongoing dichotomy for asset managers wrestling with the social impact versus economic return conundrum; the financial system is undergoing material transformational challenge.
Together with UNDP and the Scottish Government, GEFI brought 350 of the world’s foremost business, political, civic and social leaders to Edinburgh on the 8th & 9th of October 2019 to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system capable of delivering positive change.

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and is widely credited with preventing a second Great Depression through his stewardship of the 2009 London G20 summit.