1. Who has had the greatest impact on sustainable investment over the last twelve months?
- Fiona Reynolds (CEO, UNPRI). She has worked tirelessly to promote sustainable investment and to ramp up the UNPRI’s reporting framework to weed out those signatories that have used the PRI logo as a cover for greenwashing.
2. Where have you seen the biggest change in your day-to-day role over the past three months?
- Working from home due to the pandemic has provided more time to research and think through issues than when in the office. This has enabled me to spend more time on ESG advocacy and developing new ideas.
3. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your thinking around sustainable investment?
- It has impacted in two ways, firstly by reinforcing the importance of the “social” aspect of ESG analysis and how companies have responded to the pandemic with respect to their employees and communities. (See my article attached). Secondly, that we need to put the “response” into responsible investing and that the investment community cannot just expect their investments to deliver impact. Hence we launched our 40-40 Campaign in April. (see attached)
4. What would you like to see change within the sustainable investment landscape over the coming years?
- I’d like to see a tough ESG/Sustainable investment certification regime ( similar to the ISR label in France) that enable investors have confidence in the true credentials of the funds they invest in.
5. What are you most looking forward to at Edie’s Sustainable Investment Digital Conference?
- Learning from the other attendees and sharing the Alquity story.