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Ethical finance summit to focus on climate change

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The flagship event will take place in Edinburgh next October.

Investors and business leaders will gather in Scotland next year for the 2020 global ethical finance summit.

Supported by the Scottish Government and the United Nations Development Programme, the flagship event will focus on tackling climate change and building a more sustainable financial system.

With the COP26 UN climate change conference taking place in Glasgow next year, the summit will focus on how financial services can support inclusive economic growth without depleting natural resources, and how the sector can help deliver the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

It comes after the COP25 climate talks in Madrid ended in disappointment as the world’s largest-polluting nations rejected calls for more ambition on climate change targets.

Announcing the summit, Global Ethical Finance Initiative managing director Omar Shaikh said: “The 2019 ethical finance summit attracted major international attention, bringing global leaders together to discuss key challenges including products, culture, system change, regulation and maintaining returns in financial services.

“A new way requires holistic thinking which is why the summit uniquely convenes the banking and investment ecosystem, addresses the big challenges we face that rethink capitalism, and connects people to enable partnerships to produce ethical financial solutions.

“To build on this desire for positive change, we’re bringing the finance world back to Scotland in 2020 for our next global summit in October.

“With COP26 taking place in Glasgow just a few weeks later, it significantly enhances the global prominence of this year’s summit and provides an excellent opportunity to focus on climate finance.

“Moving from talk to action, our theme will be protecting the future for everyone.”

Kirsty Britz, director of sustainable banking at RBS, added: “As a founding signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking, RBS has committed to further align our strategy with the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

“The global ethical finance summit provides an excellent opportunity for us to work collaboratively with stakeholders, peers and partners who are leading the agenda.”



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over 1 year ago
Funnily enough I emailed my pension fund today on this after reading a snippet in the "I" . It could be a really good campaign for vol org and local authority workers