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Good Money Week is coming…

April 15th, 2014  |  Published in Spotlight, Uncategorized by uksifadmin

National Ethical Investment Week becomes Good Money Week

Visit the Good Money Week website: www.goodmoneyweek.com

UKSIF are delighted to announce to members that our annual campaign, National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW), has been rebranded to become Good Money Week. The campaign, now in its seventh year, encourages everyone to consider green and responsible investment and finance options. Good Money Week 2014 will take place from 19-25 October.
Past campaigns have brought together financial advisers, fund managers, charities and faith groups, NGOs and a wide variety of financial organisations working to raise awareness of the UK’s thriving sustainable finance sector.

Simon Howard, UKSIF Chief Executive: “The change to Good Money Week is a reflection of how sustainable investment and finance has evolved and grown since 2008. There are now an enormous number of ways for individuals to engage with their money and ensure their financial decisions can have a positive impact on the world.
Responsible investment has in the past mistakenly been perceived as a niche area. The recognition by financial experts of the risk to value stemming from factors such as climate change or unpopular tax structures, combined with growth in areas such as community funding for renewables and crowd funding, show why this is the right time to get people thinking about their finances in a broader way.”

Lisa Stonestreet, UKSIF Programme Director and Good Money Week Project Manager: “We are excited about the new opportunities that the rebrand provides for working with a much wider range of partner organisations. We can work to ensure that the campaign is more successful than ever in letting people know how their money can work for them and for society. We look forward to celebrating and demonstrating the depth and breadth of green and responsible finance in the UK.”

Contact
Lisa Stonestreet, Programme Director: lisa.stonestreet@uksif.org or 0207 749 9950

Sign up for Good Money Week news and updates here.

European SRI Study 2014 – survey now open!

April 1st, 2014  |  Published in Spotlight, Uncategorized by uksifadmin

UKSIF and Eurosif are proud to invite you to join the 2014 study of the SRI market.

This biennial Eurosif SRI Study is the only comprehensive survey of the European SRI market. Data from these Studies is used extensively by the industry, the press and academics.

To view the 2012 edition, please click here.

Respondents to the survey consist of fund managers and investors that manage some or all of their assets internally and should be sure to not include their own assets that are managed externally.

Please email susanna.mattingly@uksif.org to take part in the 2014 survey.

Your participation in this survey is very important, as the Study documents the evolution of the SRI sector in Europe and helps promote its development.

Please note that the Study:

  • Measures the size of national SRI asset management markets, rather than that of national SRI markets (supply, not demand). As such, if your organisation has SRI asset management teams located in other European countries, we may have also sent this survey to your international colleagues.
  • Covers asset owners and asset managers based in European countries.
  • Includes all assets – retail and institutional; domestic and international.

A huge thank you to members who helped guide our response on Fiduciary Duty

January 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Spotlight, Uncategorized by charlenecranny

UKSIF has now submitted our response to the Law Commission’s consultation on Fiduciary Duties.

Our submission drew on the conversations we had both with UKSIF members and the Law Commission and I would like to thank all our members who got involved in the debate – be it taking part in UKSIF events, an informal chat on the phone or over e-mail, or responding with comments and feedback on our initial consultation drafts.

Your contributions made a real difference and we’re hopeful that the Law Commission will listen.

What the Commission recommends has the potentially to fundamentally affect the market for sustainable investment and finance.  As we continue to engage with policymakers and others on fiduciary duty, we shall keep you updated.

In the meantime, as always, if you have any questions on this or any of UKSIF’s other policy work, please do get in touch.

Best wishes,

Simon Howard, Chief Executive

& Caroline Escott, Programme Director and Head of Government Relations

 

The Law Commission’s Review of Fiduciary Duties

November 8th, 2013  |  Published in Spotlight, Uncategorized by uksifadmin

On Thursday 7 November, over fifty-five UKSIF members met to debate the questions raised by the Law Commission’s Review of Fiduciary Duties and feed in to UKSIF’s consultation response.

Thank you to our speakers Christine Berry (ShareAction) and Steve Viederman (SFM), and to James Featherby (Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group) who shared their discerning analysis to open discussion.

Our work on this issue is on-going so please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to contribute to the UKSIF response.

The consultation deadline is 22 January 2014.

Investors call on Chancellor for greater clarity on energy policy

September 30th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized by ianfenn

Monday 30 September 2013 – A group of investors responsible for over a trillion (£) of investment worldwide has written to the Chancellor on the day of his speech to the Conservative Party Conference calling for a decarbonisation target to be included in the Energy Bill. They argue that the lack of a target inhibits investment decisions and negatively impacts the UK’s ability to attract the capital needed to update its ageing infrastructure.

Simon Howard, Chief Executive of UKSIF said: “The continued investor support for a 2030 decarbonisation target highlights the significant appetite for the UK to lead the world in lowcarbon energy solutions and to ensure security of supply. Both investors and businesses are looking for a clear commitment from Government to further boost investment in an area which provides exceptional opportunities for long-term growth”.

“The Chancellor should now respond to our coalition’s call and use the Energy Bill to provide the stable and coherent policy framework to support the long-term investment decisions which are vital for sustainable economic growth”.

Click here to read the full press release

Click here to read the letter to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Nomination deadline extended for the Sustainable Finance category of the 2013-14 Sustainable City Awards

September 20th, 2013  |  Published in Spotlight, Uncategorized by uksifadmin

The deadline for nominations for the Sustainable Finance category of the 2013-14 Sustainable City Awards has been extended to COB Monday 4 November 2013. UKSIF members are invited to nominate products, services, initiatives or research reports for this category.

The Sustainable Finance category, organised by the City of London in association with UKSIF, seeks to recognise and reward innovation and best practice in all areas of sustainable investment and finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment.

Whether a product, service, initiative or bespoke research report, this category’s nominations should advance sustainability through financial services and deliver clear environmental and social benefits.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for the Sustainable Finance category or if you require more information, please email susanna.mattingly@uksif.org.

Notes for nominators:

This category is open to organisations with a presence in the UK but their work can be undertaken anywhere in the world.

Please note that Award candidates cannot put themselves forward.

All Award category winners will be entered into the European Business Awards for the Environment.

Further information about the Sustainable City Awards can be found here.

This year in addition to the usual categories, the Sustainable City Awards will be celebrating the theme of ‘entrepreneurship’, in all its forms.

Details of the 2012-13 winners and highly-commended entries can be found here.

Sustainable City Awards 2012/13 – Nomination Deadline Extended to 10 Dec

November 16th, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized by tomlafford

The nomination deadline for the Sustainable City Awards has been extended to 10 December.

The Sustainable Finance category, organised by the City of London in association with UKSIF, seeks to recognise and reward the most innovative contribution to sustainable investment and finance launched in the last 12 months. Whether a product, service, initiative or bespoke research report, this category’s nominations should advance sustainability through financial services and deliver clear environmental and social benefits.

This category is open to organisations with a presence in the UK but their work can be undertaken anywhere in the world. Please note that Award candidates cannot put themselves forward.

All Award category winners will be entered into the European Business Awards for the Environment.

Please see the guidance for applicants document for more information or email tom.lafford@uksif.org.

Ethical investing can be complicated but rewarding – BBC News

October 13th, 2012  |  Published in Uncategorized by ianfenn

By Philip Hampsheir

Becoming an ethical investor is not straight forward and deciding where to invest can be very subjective. But if you can find the right product, ethical investors say it can offer peace of mind as well as financial returns…

…”The whole field of green and ethical investments has become much more diverse and mainstream,” says Penny Shepherd, chief executive of UK Sustainable Investment & Finance…

Click here to read the full article.