Sustainable Finance for Breakfast

Held on Thursday, May 4, 2017.


  • Ben Caldecott (Smith School, Oxford)

  • Catherine Howarth (ShareAction)



As you may know, the 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 19th 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 (I hope) 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 our regular guide.

Many of you know Ben. 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 an investment committee member of the Trust for London. Catherine is also a former trustee of The Pension Trust.

As usual, this will be a “caring and sharing” experience – which means that we hope you will share your own insights/hope/fears with the rest of the group. If you (or a colleague or friend) would like to join us for what I hope will be a lively and informative discussion, please let us know by calling 0207 621 1056 or emailing I can promise lots of tea, coffee and buns.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton