Sustainable Finance for Breakfast (11)

To be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 8:30-10:00am

With support from Burges Salmon


  • Ben Caldecott (Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme)
  • Meryam Omi (LGIM)
  • Jakob Thomä (2° Investing)



Who knows what the summer has in store for Sustainable Finance? As fears of a trade war loom, international consensus on sustainability may be receding: the new EU expert group tasked with advising on sustainable finance taxonomy is conspicuously light on British input; the US has reportedly halved its commitment to the Global Environment Facility; and The Economist’s Intelligence Unit found that ASEAN countries had ‘broadly regressed’ on its Sustainable Trade Index (particularly on environmental measures).

But it’s not all gloom. The UK announced its new Green Finance Institute, and both Philip Hammond and Catherine McGuinness were in China this month to reaffirm London’s willingness to assist in ‘greening’ the Belt and Road Initiative.

As usual, we are pleased to have Ben Caldecott, founding director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme and founder and co-chair of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment, to help us sort wheat from chaff.

Joining Ben, we are delighted to welcome back Meryam Omi, head of sustainability and responsible investment strategy at Legal & General Investment Management. Meryam is responsible for developing ESG products, research and integration across the asset classes, and recently announced LGIM’s climate engagement programme, Climate Impact Pledge, and a series of Future World funds.

Alongside them will be Jakob Thomä, managing director of the 2° Investing Initiative and head of their research into climate scenario analysis for financial portfolios.

If you would like to join us, please let Alex know by emailing or phoning the Centre (0207 621 1056). As ever, coffee/tea, buns and so forth will be provided.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton