The environmental crisis we face centres on climate change and biodiversity loss. These of course also have huge economic, social, and human implications. In this virtual event we ask how the Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) can influence those already qualified in the professions which are signatory. Whilst young professionals are now seeing green finance integrated into their qualifications, how can finance professionals that are already qualified upskill and transition to the greener approach that is so urgently required?
The challenge What can we do to build the capabilities of institutions and individuals to lead and support business in a green recovery?
The eventA keynote address from Pavan Sukhdev will introduce the challenge we face and why it is urgent for finance professionals to understand and integrate green finance into their mindset.
This will be followed by a panel discussion Chaired by Simon Thompson of the Chartered Banker Institute examining how and where green finance is already being integrated and what finance professionals can do to raise their own level of skills in this area.
The Green Finance Education CharterThe GFEC commits us in the immediate term to engage our members on environmental issues, develop resources for them and encourage adoption of national and global standards. Over the medium term we will engage with stakeholders including policy-makers, regulators and researchers to develop and advocate best practice in green finance, embed it in our qualifications and training and work with the Green Finance Institute to engage employers to build green finance into initial and continuing professional development.
This is important because the finance profession plays critical roles in the economy. Banks and insurers act as a policy lever for business, sending signals to business through prices and availability of financial products. As advisors to business we all act as enablers within the economy. The finance profession is therefore vital in driving forward the green and fair rebuild so many governments have committed to, turning that vision into a reality.
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Ravi AbeywardanaRavi is a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW, who will be joining the Carbon Disclosures Standards Board (CDSB) as Technical Director later this month. Ravi has held various corporate roles within a listed agri-business, initially as a Financial Controller for the European cocoa division and more recently management positions within both Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability and ‘Finance for Sustainability’ departments. He is known for his pioneering work on developing a financial business reporting tool that supports internal decision making for natural, human and social capital and associated capacity building. He is committed to delivering meaningful reporting, to drive action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and unlock competitive advantages and long term sustainable value across business and wider stakeholders via enhanced financial tools. Ravi’s commitment to sustainability and finance started at University where he read Geography. It was here where he realised the biggest lever for inclusive change is finance.
Thora Frost, Senior Client Manager, Carbon TrustThora joined the Carbon Trust in 2019 as part of the green finance team where she leads relationship management with asset managers, asset owners and insurers. Thora has over 15 years of experience across a number of areas both in the public and financial sectors. At Kaupthing Bank Thora took on research, treasury management and senior relationship manager roles. More recently Thora was director/chief economist at GAMMA Capital Management, an Icelandic hedge fund, were she led the development of new products for institutional investors. In the public sector Thora worked for the UK Government as a senior economist for the Office for Budget Responsibility and served as an elected member, by the Icelandic parliament, of the Icelandic Fiscal Council. Thora holds a master’s degree in Economics from University College London.
Richard Spencer, Director, Technical Thought Leadership and Head of Sustainability at ICAEWRichard joined ICAEW in 2005 to set up the sustainability practice within the Technical Strategy department. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability. He was co-convenor of the Finance Innovation Lab that in 2012 was named by the Observer and NESTA as one of the Top 50 of Britain’s New Radicals. He also led on setting up the Natural Capital Coalition, now the Capitals Coalition.
Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO, GIST Impact; President WWF International; Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Environment ProgrammePavan is a sustainability thought leader, an experienced innovator in practice, and an influential voice amongst corporate leaders, institutional investors and national policy makers concerned about sustainability. He is a physicist by education, a banker by training, and an environmental economist by passion. As Founder-CEO of GIST Impact (a leading-edge sustainability metrics, analytics and solutions firm at the intersection of sustainability, technology and big data) Pavan’s focus now is to demonstrate and mainstream the vision and guidance laid out in Corporation 2020, TEEB and the Green Economy Report. Pavan has served on the boards of several global conservation and research NGO’s – including Conservation International, the Global Reporting Initiative and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. At present, he serves on the board of WWF International, as their President and Chairperson. Pavan’s work has been recognized through several landmark awards, including the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development (2013), the Blue Planet Prize (2016) and the Tyler Prize (2020).
Simon Thompson, Chief Executive, Chartered Banker InstituteSimon was appointed as Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute in 2007. Under his leadership, the Institute has grown to become the largest professional body for bankers in the UK, with 30,000 members and students in 87 countries worldwide. Simon is the editor and co-author of Principles & Practice of Green & Sustainable Finance and leads the Institute’s work in this area, and on the UN Principles for Responsible Banking. He chairs the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter initiative, and the Global Banking Education Standards Committee recently established by a group of leading international banking institutes. He is a former Vice President of the European Bank Training Network. Before joining the Institute, Simon was responsible for managing the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB), developing ethics and education standards for accountants.
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