Ethical Finance Global 2024: Progress or Procrastination?

The 2024 summit will take place on Wednesday 25th September, with SDG Hive events taking place around the margins of the summit. This year’s gathering is set to carry on the spirit of open, honest debate and frank self-reflection that has come to characterise Ethical Finance Global.

Across a series of keynotes, interviews, firesides and panels, the summit will tackle navigating uncertainty, leadership and purpose in times of crisis, delivering a just transition, and developing practical solutions for climate and nature. 

Bookings are open with a 25% Early Bird discount available for a limited time. We hope to see you in Edinburgh in September!

  • In-person only summit
  • Senior representatives from across finance
  • Open, frank and challenging discussions
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • Evening reception at the iconic Edinburgh Castle

Join us in Edinburgh on 25 September 2024!

Overview

The global finance sector in 2024 is grappling with a myriad of issues shaped by economic conditions, geopolitical events, evolving regulatory landscapes, and navigating elections in major economies.

On one hand, there has been significant advancement with the integration of ESG criteria into investment strategies, the proliferation of green bonds, and increased corporate transparency on sustainability issues. However, despite this progress, procrastination persists, particularly in the standardisation of ESG metrics and the widespread adoption of sustainable practices across all sectors. Many companies still engage in greenwashing, and the transition to sustainable finance is often hindered by short-term profit motives and insufficient regulatory frameworks.

The summit will consider these challenges and seek to inspire the finance sector to focus on progress, rather than procrastination, to meet global sustainability goals and combat climate change.

The summit will begin with a broad, macroeconomic look at the challenges the world faces, before exploring how corporates are responding to these issues. The summit will then evaluate the progress made by countries and corporates in the transition toward a greener economy and finally how practical solutions for climate and nature are being developed.

Agenda

Registration and Networking 08:30 - 09:30

Session 1: Navigating Uncertainty 09:30-11:10

The summit will open with a series of keynotes, interviews and firesides that will consider the external macroeconomic, geopolitical, and environmental forces impacting the financial services sector. Leading global policy, regulatory and investment experts will share their views on how the sector can navigate this uncertainty.

  • Dr Sarah Ivory, Senior Lecturer in Executive Education, Climate Change and Sustainability, University of Edinburgh Business School
  • Omar Shaikh, Managing Director, GEFI
  • Thom Kenrick, Head of Social Strategy & Impact, NatWest Group
  • Bogolo Kenewendo, Global Economist
  • Saker Nusseibeh, CEO, Federated Hermes
  • John Pang, Senior Fellow, The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities 

Break 11:10 - 11:40

Session 2: Leadership and Purpose in Times of Crisis 11:40 - 13:00

Leadership and purpose in today’s corporations are intertwined and mutually reinforcing. As companies navigate the complexities of the modern world, those that prioritise adaptive, ethical, and inclusive leadership, alongside a clear and impactful purpose, are more likely to thrive and make a meaningful difference. This theme will be considered from corporate, financial institution and practitioner levels.

  • Professor Sir John Kay, Author and Economist
  • Professor Tim Jackson, Author & Economist 
  • Ugo Biggeri, Regional Representative for Europe, GABV
  • Nicola Anderson, CEO, Fintech Scotland 
  • Giles Cuthbert, Managing Director, Chartered Banker Institute
  • Sarwar Khan, Sustainability Director, Business at BT 
  • George King, Senior Wealth Manager, MASECO 
  • Kirsty Britz, Director of Sustainable Banking, NatWest Group
  • Sandy Boss, Senior Managing Director and Chair, BlackRock UK 
  • Amanda Young, Former Chief Sustainability Officer, abrdn

Lunch 13:00 - 14:00

Session 3: Financing the Transition 14:00 - 15:30

In an era marked by unprecedented environmental challenges, the transition to sustainable finance is not just an option, but an imperative. Climate change, resource depletion, and social inequality are pressing issues that demand urgent and concerted action. Financial systems, as the backbone of global economies, play a pivotal role in driving the shift towards a sustainable and equitable future. 

  • Keith Anderson, CEO, Scottish Power
  • Dame Susan Rice, Chair, Forth Green Freeport
  • David Whitehouse, Chief Executive, Offshore Energies UK
  • Arnaud Cohen Stuart, Head of Business Ethics, ING

Break 15:30 - 16:00

Session 4: Practical Solutions for Nature and Climate 16:00 - 17:30

The summit recognizes that while understanding the complexities of our climate and energy challenges is essential, it is the implementation of practical solutions that will drive real, lasting change. Having addressed themes of uncertainty, leadership, and the energy transition earlier in the agenda, we will now turn our focus to actionable strategies that address these pressing issues head-on.

  • Craig Herd, Young Banker of the Year 2023
  • John Willis, Director of Research, Planet Tracker
  • Kimberley Player, Director of Research, Equilibrium
  • Amy Clarke, Chief Impact Officer and Co-founder, Tribe Impact Capital

Confirmed Speakers:

24 & 26 September 2024

SDG Hive

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Agenda

Alongside Ethical Finance Global 2024, in the RBS Business School, the SDG Hive programme will host a series of private, deep-dive, sessions.

These sessions are by invite only and to register your interest, please email angus@globalethicalfinance.org

  • Global Leaders Sustainable Finance Update
  • Nature Finance in Partnership with Planet Tracker and WWF
  • Lord Mayor in Partnership with the City of London Corporation
  • Sustainable Finance Collaboration Lab in Partnership with UN Global Compact Forum

*subject to change

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