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Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) Sustainable Finance for Breakfast (1): A monthly round-table meeting on developments in the sustainable finance space

4 May 2017, 8:30-10:00am | Wax Chandlers Hall, 6 Gresham St, London EC2V 7AD

CSFI currently organises two regular monthly morning briefings - one on EU regulatory developments (anchored by Graham Bishop, and now in its 128th month) and one on FinTech (with Izabella Kaminska, now in its 17th month).

The model seems to work. The intention is not to delve too deeply into the intricacies of policy or individual initiatives, but to offer a tour d'horizon of what is going on and what is coming up - so that both specialists and non-specialists alike can feel reasonably confident that they are up to speed and that there isn't anything particularly terrifying/exciting that they are likely to miss.

What applies to Brussels and to FinTech can apply to the field of sustainable finance as well - not least because of the pressure City firms find themselves under in regard to environment-related risk across different sectors, asset classes and geographies. There is a huge amount going on - much of it involving corporate social responsibility and much of it with direct impact on both long-term investment decisions and the role of financial markets.

For this latest step into the unknown, the Centre has teamed up with the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford's Smith School, which is run by Ben Caldecott - who has generously agreed to be the regular guide. In addition to being a leading academic in the field (he is currently an academic visitor at the Bank of England and a visiting scholar at Stanford), he is a former head of policy at Climate Change Capital and research director at Policy Exchange. He has a DPhil from Oxford, and is all over the media on climate-related issues.

As with our other regular breakfast meetings, we hope to bring in one or more additional panellists, to offer a complementary perspective. Kicking off for our first meeting will be Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction. A board member of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian) and a member of the investment committee of the Trust for London. Catherine is also a former trustee of The Pension Trust.

Oxford Smith School Sustainable Finance Course 2017

18-21 September 2017

We are inviting applications for our Sustainable Finance Course in 2017. The Sustainable Finance Course was successfully piloted in 2016 and is designed as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in policy, regulation, civil society, and investment. The course is centred around a four-day residential workshop held at a college of the University of Oxford and over the subsequent six to nine months, participants engage in an extended learning project implementing a real-world project related to finance and sustainability. The course is developing a global network of practitioners working at the intersection of finance and the environment.