Upcoming Events


October 2020

Global Ethical Finance Initiative – Ethical Finance Summit 2020

Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October 2020
RBS Conference Centre, RBS Conference Centre 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn, Edinburgh, EH12 9BH


The premier event in Edinburgh advocating finance for positive change.

It is now widely recognised that the financial services sector has a fundamental role to play in delivering universally supported targets such as the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. However, despite its potential, the current financial system can be a cause, rather than a solution, to some of the pressing challenges our planet and its people currently face. Ethical Finance 2020 will explore how the finance services can support inclusive economic growth without depleting natural resources or leaving anyone behind.

Organised in partnership with UNDP and the Scottish Government, Ethical Finance 2020 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.

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March 2020

Financing the SDGs - Investment Solution Workshop

Monday 23rd March 2020
Scotland House, 58 Victoria Embankment, Temple, London, EC4Y 0DS


The session is an important milestone within a pioneering 2-year programme of collaboration between UNDP and Scottish Government that is seeking to develop a financial instrument to allow global financial institutions to generate market rate financial returns at the same time as delivering additional positive social / environmental impact. The financial instrument to be discussed at the workshop is a PE fund of funds platform as this emerged as the preferred solution from 80+ interviews conducted with senior practitioners by our project partner RJ Fleming & Co.

This session forms part of our “Path to COP26” integrated year-long campaign.

* This event is by invitation only *

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February 2020

Ethical Finance Round TablePath to COP26 - Financing a Green Future Round Table

Thursday 27th February 2020
Baillie Gifford, The Cube, 45 Leith Street , Edinburgh EH1 3AT


Later this year the eyes of the world will be focused on Scotland when senior politicians from across the globe convene at COP26 in Glasgow to negotiate the acceleration of efforts to tackle climate change.

Climate change is a large, systemic financial risk that will change asset values as investment moves away from high carbon assets towards a low carbon economy. According to UNEP FI the climate transition will require additional investment of at least $60 trillion from now until 2050. For financial institutions to become enablers and catalysts they must therefore understand the commercial risks and opportunities implied, and know how to act on them.

This session forms part of our “Path to COP26” integrated year-long campaign.

* This event is by invitation only *

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Previous Events


December 2019

Ethical Finance Round TableEthical Finance Market Update - Keynote Interviews

Monday 16th December 2019, 4pm – 6pm
Baillie Gifford (Main Office), Calton Square1 Greenside Row, Edinburgh, EH1 3AN


To celebrate the festive period we will be deviating from our normal format by having two keynote interviews with experts providing updates from the investment and banking markets.

As 2019 draws to a close we felt that it was timely to pause to reflect on the evolution of the ethical finance market and consider what lies ahead amid on-going political, economic, social and environmental uncertainty. To do this, Andrew Cave (Head of Governance & Sustainability, Baillie Gifford) and Thom Kenrick (Head of Community Programmes, RBS) will share their reflections. They will be interviewed by GEFI Senior Consultant Gail Hurley who has recently completed 10 years with UNDP in New York as a Senior Advisor – Development Finance.

 

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October 2019

Global Ethical Finance Initiative – Ethical Finance 2019

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th October 2019
RBS Conference Centre, RBS Conference Centre 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn, Edinburgh, EH12 9BH


The premier event in Edinburgh advocating finance for positive change.

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.

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February 2019

Ethical Finance Round TableEthical Finance Approaches in the Debt Capital Markets

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 12pm – 2pm
Baillie Gifford, The Cube, 45 Leith Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3AT


In 2017 HSBC pledged to provide $100bn in sustainable financing and investment by 2025. HSBC will provide an update on this strategy outlining demand for green and SDG fixed income vehicles and how they benefit communities and the environment.

Chris and Caspar will share their insights in developing Cameron Hume’s Global Fixed Income ESG Fund and the challenges involved for asset managers operating in the ethical bond market.

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