Westminster Business Forum

Next steps for green finance in the UK - stewardship and regulation, product innovation and transparency, and managing the sector’s transition towards net zero

Morning, Wednesday, 1st July 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference focuses on green finance in the UK, looking at:

  • latest developments and prospects for the sector in the UK;
  • the way forward for regulation and business practice in adapting to the impact of climate change;
  • transparency, disclosure and consumer protection; and
  • managing risk and the process of transition for the financial sector in a net zero policy environment.

It will be an opportunity to discuss next steps for the sector in responding to actions being put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority aimed at improving climate change disclosures, and the provision to consumers of effective information and access to green financial products, and ensuring that the sector is factoring climate change risk into its operations and decision-making.


Those attending will also discuss the progress made by the Green Finance Institute, following its introduction in the Government’s Green Finance Strategy, in enabling investors and businesses to collaborate and discuss green projects with greater clarity.


Speakers

We are pleased to include keynote contributions from:

  • Katie Fisher, Director of Strategy (Acting), FCA;
  • Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman, Green Finance Initiative, City of London Corporation; Chair, Green Finance Taskforce and Senior Banker, SEB; and
  • Ray Dhirani, Head of Sustainable Finance & Green Economy, WWF-UK

Further confirmed speakers include Clare Burgess, Clifford Chance; Tasha Clarbour, Deloitte; Bryn Jones, Rathbone Brothers; John Scott, Zurich Insurance Group; and Sam White, Aviva Investors.


The agenda

  • Challenges for the financial services sector in moving to net zero - investment choices, transparency, and the process of transition;
  • The UK’s role in the global green economy and assessing the progress of the Green Finance Institute;
  • Climate change and prospects for the financial sector - innovation and new products, managing risk, and meeting consumer demand for green financial products and services;
  • Biodiversity - the economic value and its role in investment decisions;
  • Regulation and the development of the green finance market;
  • Managing the transition to net-zero - climate-related disclosure, consumer trust and protection, and integration of climate change risks; and
  • Next steps for green finance policy.


Keynote Speaker

Sir Roger Gifford

Chairman, Green Finance Initiative, City of London Corporation; Chair, Green Finance Taskforce and Senior Banker, SEB

Keynote Speakers

Sir Roger Gifford

Chairman, Green Finance Initiative, City of London Corporation; Chair, Green Finance Taskforce and Senior Banker, SEB

Katie Fisher

Director of Strategy (Acting), FCA

Ray Dhirani

Head of Sustainable Finance, WWF-UK

Speakers

Sam White

Director of Public Policy and Sustainability, Aviva Investors

Tasha Clarbour

Senior Manager, Sustainability Services, Deloitte

Clare Burgess

Partner, Clifford Chance

John Scott

Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group

Bryn Jones

Fixed Income Fund Manager, Rathbone Brothers

Ed Wells

Group Head of Policy, Sustainable Finance and Investment, HSBC

Laura Kelly

Director, Shaping Sustainable Markets, International Institute for Environment and Development Academic