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History

UKSIF has grown substantially in the context of the rapid development of sustainable investment and finance in the last 30 years. Selected highlights are presented here.

2014  National Ethical Investment Week becomes Good Money Week

2013  UKSIF launches Ownership Day, a campaign to raise awareness of the financial benefits of active ownership

2012  5th annual National Ethical Investment Week held

2012  £1.235 trillion assets under management in UK held across different responsible investment strategies

2011  UKSIF celebrates its 20th anniversary at the House of Lords

2011  The first meeting of the global alliance of sustainable investment membership organisations in New York

2010  UKSIF celebrates 10 years since the implementation of the UK’s groundbreaking Responsible Investment disclosure requirements for pension funds at a reception in the House of Commons

2009  UKSIF changes its name to UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association

2008  UKSIF launches world’s-first National Ethical Investment Week encouraging consumers to choose a green and ethical investment option

2007  UKSIF celebrates its first 15 years with a reception at 11 Downing Street

2006  UKSIF launches the Sustainable Pensions Project

2004  Over £5bn held in UK retail ethical funds

2001  UKSIF and partners create European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif)

2000  ‘Enterprising Communities: Wealth Beyond Welfare’ published by Sir Ronald Cohen’s Social Investment Task Force, with UKSIF providing secretariat

2000  SRI disclosure regulation become law

1998  UKSIF provides secretariat for All-Party Parliamentary Group on Socially Responsible Investment, created by Tony Colman MP

1997  UKSIF appoints first full-time staff member

1996  Over £1bn held in UK retail ethical funds

1992  UKSIF and other Social Investment Forums adopt the ‘Rio Resolution’

1991  UK Social Investment Forum launched

1984  First UK retail ethical fund launched

1981  First Social Investment Forum launched in the United States

 

Watch ‘A Short History of Responsible Investing in Europe’, a webcast delivered by Penny Shepherd for the CFA Institute.

For more on UKSIF’s history, download our 20th anniversary 2011 publication Taking Responsibility: Achieving Resilience.

For recent highlights, see our Annual Review 2012-2013.