The SDG Hive is a series of practically focused workshops, power roundtables and hackathons held with industry experts and global leaders established to create a ‘hive of activity’ with the aim of enhancing private capital flows towards achieving the UN SDGs. GEFI recognise certain Goals are the priority for governments to achieve and select Goals are highly impacted by private markets. GEFI view the UN SDGs as a key globally accepted overarching framework for sustainability and that financial institutions have a key role to play in achieving such through both directly financing or through indirect blended financing solutions.

>> Edinburgh SDG Hive - September 2023

19th + 21st September at the EF Global Summit 2023

Deep-dive working sessions, co-curated with our partners, held on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st September at the NatWest Group Business School, Gogurburn Campus, Edinburgh and include a residential format. Partners include PRI, Martin Currie, Edelman Smithfield, NatWest Group, Gatehouse Bank and The Scottish National Investment Bank amongst others.

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The SDG Hive is an exclusive event for thought leaders and experts. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with Vicky, our Event Manager.

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Amy Clarke

Co-Founder & CIO, Tribe Impact Capital

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute UK

Dame Susan Rice

Chair, Global Steering Group

Dr Kevin Parker

Business Advisor, Z/Yen

Irina Kurochkina

Portfolio Manager, Aegon Asset Management

Satya Tripathi

Secretary General, Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet

Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance, London Business School

Kristian Nammack

Founder, Matinecock Capital LLC

Modupe Ladipo

Managing Partner, Prosperar Development Consulting

Christian Kunz

Chief Strategy, Innovation and Ventures Officer, DIFC

Amanda Young

Chief Sustainability Officer, abrdn

Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar

Chairman, MIFC Leadership Council

Anuradha Chugh

Chief Executive, Pukka Herbs

Noripah Kamso

Chairman (Designate), Arabesque Malaysia

Dr Akram Laldin

Executive Director, International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance

Dr Hayat Sindi

Founder & CEO of the Institute for Quality

David Chollet

Partner, Accuracy

Stewart Langdon

Partner, Leapfrog

Louise Kjellerup Roper

CEO, Volans

Andy Turnbull

Senior Investment Manager, Federated Hermes

Libby Watkinson

Director – Impact, Scottish National Investment Bank

Miranda Beacham

Head of ESG for Equities and Multi Asset, AEGON Asset Management

Azalina Adham

Managing Director, Securities Commission Malaysia
David Pitt-Watson

David Pitt-Watson

Taskforce Chair

Kate Brett

Head of Sustainable Investment for UK & Europe, Mercer

Leon Kamhi

Head of Responsibility and EOS, Federated Hermes Limited

Charles Haresnape

CEO, Gatehouse Bank

Thom Kenrick

Head of Social Strategy & Impact, NatWest Group

Dr Bruce Howard

Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Karen Ellis

Chief Economist, WWF UK

David Testa

Executive Director, DDCAP

Richard Lochhead MSP

Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade, Scottish Government

Lauran Halpin

Head of Impact Equities, Martin Currie

Bruno Gardner

Head of Climate Change and Nature, Phoenix Group
>> COP28 Dubai SDG Hive - December 2023

During COP28, our SDG Hive series provides a platform for focused discussions around select, technical points.

SDG Hive at COP28

SDG Hive Sept 2022

The Ethical Finance Global Summit 2022 saw the inception of the SDG Hive which propelled the Hive into a permanent part of our events.

Our discussions centred around:

  • Global Leaders
  • Islamic Finance
  • Finance for Nature
  • Women Leaders

Promoting the UN SDGs

In 2018, GEFI commenced a joint venture with UNDP seeking to partner with global financial institutions towards creating financial products that help achieve the SDGs. In 2019 GEFI and UNDP hosted a series of workshops and hackathons in Edinburgh bringing together SDG aligned commercially viable projects alongside financiers across different thematics, including nature and biodiversity. Subsequently in 2020 GEFI launched the SDG Financial Products programme with AEGON and partnered with the UKIFC to launch the Global Islamic Finance and UN SDGs Taskforce together with HM Treasury and IsDB. The Taskforce has been leading global efforts to enhance awareness and engagement with the SDGs by the sector and has successfully engaged key stakeholders including LSEG, Ministry of Finance Indonesia, State Bank of Pakistan along with multiple leading global financial institutions and advisory firms across various workstreams within the Taskforce. Across 2022 and 2023 we have issued various reports including the SDG Insight Series, delivered in partnership with Aegon. GEFI remain committed to ensuring financial markets play their role towards achieving the global goals and the SDG Hive is a key convening platform to inspire and expedite practical action.

Attitudes of Banking Customers towards the UN SDGs

SDG Insight Series

Islamic Finance and the SDGs:Thought Leadership

Attitudes of Banking Customers towards the UN SDGs

A pioneering global survey that gauges the understanding and awareness of the UN SDGs amongst retail consumers of finance products.

Access Global Retail Survey

SDG Insight Series

This series explores how financial institutions are using the SDGs in their financial products across a range of asset classes. The series also includes briefings on the move from ESG to the SDGs and the SDG Impact Standards.

Access the SDG Inishgts

Islamic Finance and the SDGs: Thought Leadership

A short summary of a four-part thought-leadership series on Islamic finance and the SDGs.

Access Summary

SDG Financial Products is the result of a collaboration between the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to facilitate the development of innovative financial products that are SDG aligned.

GEFI and UNDP believe that private sector led solutions are required to deliver the SDGs. In a market of increasing virtue signalling, financial products listed are prequalified and we only partners with financial institutions that demonstrate a genuine commitment to the 2030 SDG agenda.

Access the SDG Financial Products