Deep-dive into the world of ethical finance and relive all of our events from start to finish.

Virtual Summit

Finance for Nature Global Summit

20-21 July 2020

Nature based finance

Following the success of the inaugural “Finance for Nature Global Summit”, GEFI, UNDP, UNEP, the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform and Climate Advisers are convening the Finance for Nature Virtual Global Series to accelerate momentum on nature-based finance in advance of the UN Climate and Biodiversity COPs in 2021.

Contributors

  • Global Ethical Finance Initiative
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • NY Declaration on Forests and Global Platform
  • Climate Advisors

Virtual Event

The Radical Old Idea

23 June 2020

Responsible Banking in a Time of Crisis

In the session, chaired by Eva Cairns, ESG Investment Analyst – Climate Change at Aberdeen Standard Investments, Professor Edmans will explain the business case for responsibility in normal times as well as those of crisis, and how companies can ensure that responsibility is consistent with long-term shareholder value. Alex will draw on rigorous academic research, real-world examples, and his new book, Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit.

Contributers

  • Professor Alex Edmans

Virtual Event

Ethical Finance Round Table

21 May 2020

Role of Ethical Finance in Rebuilding the Economy

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, on 21st May 2020 the GEFI team hosted its first virtual Ethical Finance Round Table to explore the potential role of ethical finance in rebuilding the economy post Covid-19.

Contributors

  • Rupert Watson
  • Professor Liz Grant
  • Michael Moe

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ethical Finance Round Table

27 February 2020

Path to COP26 - Financing a Green Future

The Ethical Finance Round Table ‘Path to COP26 – Financing a Green Future’ was held on Feb 27th at Baillie Gifford in Edinburgh. Following a short welcome, Omar Shaikh, GEFI Managing Director outlined GEFI’s plans for 2020:

This was followed by short presentations from Jonathan Taylor, former Vice President of the European Investment Bank for Environment and Climate Action, and Gary Lapthorn, Head of Sustainability & Responsible Business, Commercial Banking at Lloyds Banking Group.

Path to COP26 - Financing a Green Future

Contributors:

  • Professor Alex Edmans

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ethical Finance Round Table

16 December 2019

Ethical Finance Market Update

In a change to the usual format this session, once again hosted by Baillie Gifford, comprised of two keynote interviews which provided reflections (from the investment and banking sector) on the evolution of the ethical finance market and how the market will adapt to on-going political, economic, social and environmental uncertainty.

The interviews were conducted by GEFI Senior Consultant Gail Hurley who has recently completed 10 years with the UN in New York as a Senior Advisor.

Contributors

  • Global Ethical Finance Initiative
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Royal Bank of Scotland

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Finance for Nature Global Summit 2019

20-21 May 2019

Nature based finance

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Scottish Government-backed Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), with the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform, will bring together government officials, financial institutions, consumer goods corporations, supply chain intermediaries and conservation organizations for a two-day ‘Finance for Nature Global Summit’. The Summit aims to develop financial solutions that drive socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development and explore a new investment paradigm aligned with the SDGs.

The Summit is part of a two-year programme of collaboration between UNDP and Scottish Government aimed at mobilizing private capital for the SDGs.

Contributors

  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Global Ethical Finance Initiative
  • Sustainable Development Goals

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ethical Finance 2019

08-09 October 2019

Ethical Finance

Organised in partnership with UNDP and the Scottish Government, Ethical Finance 2019 convened over 350 leading finance practitioners from across the globe to help define and shape the transition to a sustainable financial system where finance delivers positive change.

Contributors

  • Global Ethical Finance Initiative
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Scottish Government