Oxford to host inaugural Sustainable Finance Summit

Oxford to host inaugural Sustainable Finance Summit

Flagship event will examine the latest developments in sustainable finance and investment, and explore how institutions representing $130 trillion in assets can help to tackle climate change

COP26 generated unprecedented climate and environmental pledges across the global financial system, but attention now urgently needs to focus on the quality and delivery of those commitments.

On the 20th – 21st July, the Oxford Sustainable Finance Summit 2022 will bring together over 300 participants to accelerate progress towards net zero and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Over 40 speakers have been announced, including representatives from some of the biggest names in finance, from the world’s largest pension funds to most important financial regulators.

Conference themes explore the cutting edge of sustainable finance, and include net zero transition plans, nature recovery, climate resilience, spatial finance and climate litigation amongst others.

The event is hosted by Dr Ben Caldecott, Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and the Lombard Odier Associate Professor of Sustainable Finance at University of Oxford.

‘The Summit is an opportunity to reflect on and critically evaluate best practice, and to bring together leading researchers with practitioners, policymakers, regulators, and civil society organisations,’ says Dr Caldecott.

‘We will also showcase and critically evaluate emerging best practice across finance sub-sectors, asset classes, and sustainability themes. Join us for two special days in Oxford for this unique in-person conference – the first of what will become an annual flagship event.’

The summit is generously supported by Platinum Sponsor Persefoni – Climate Management & Accounting Platform, and Gold Sponsors MFS Investment Management and Ethos Asset Management.

‘When thinking about how the asset management industry can best effect change in the real economy, we strongly believe that active ownership should be at the heart of an approach to creating value responsibly,’ says Vishal Hindocha, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability Strategy, MFS. ‘We’re delighted to sponsor the Oxford Sustainable Finance Summit this year.’

‘Corporate culture of today should be based on profit, culture and values, for stakeholder focus and not solely on shareholders,’ says Carlos Santos, Chief Executive Officer of Ethose Asset Management. ‘Profitability is compatible with social responsibility and enabling sustainable economic growth as a priority.’