Book Review: Finance, Society and Sustainability

There have been a number books that have analysed the problems with the global financial system. Many are very good at describing how we got into the mess we are in, but fall short when it comes to solutions. Nick Silver’s book delivers what he promises on the cover - to answer the question “How to Make the Financial System Work for the Economy, People and Planet”.

 

Real Assets Working Group Update

The Real Assets Working Group has produced a discussion paper, Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy, to guide our future work.

Comments on the discussion paper are welcome.

Introduction

The Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (NSFM) is an international, non-partisan network of over 200 finance sector professionals, academics and others that was established in April 2008 to foster long-term investing and sustainable financial practices.

SFM Board Statement

To All Network for Sustainable Financial Markets Participants,

The Board of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (SFM) recently met to approve a new strategy for 2017.

The board consensus was that there is a still need for a participant driven organisation that focuses on long term investing and sustainable financial practices. Examples such as the Climate Bonds Initiative led by Sean Kidney, which originally started as a NSFM working group, demonstrate the value of small groups of dedicated individuals working together on complex problems.

SFM Board Members Stephen Viederman and Jim Hawley Will Speak on the Panels at The 21st Century Company

SFM Board Members Stephen Viederman and Jim Hawley will be on the speaking faculty at Skytop Strategies’ upcoming summit, "The 21st Century Company – How It Creates Value — And for Whom," May 19th, 2016. I would like to invite you to join us at a discounted rate.

As disruptive technologies and rapid change arise, a new kind of company is emerging. The heart of u201cThe 21st Century Companyu201d lies at intersection of governance, sustainability, corporate responsibility, risk, innovation and talent.

New Appointment: Martina Macpherson

We are thrilled to add Martina Macpherson this week as our latest Director to the Board of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.  Including the Founder and Partner of Sustainable Investment Partners (SI Partners) in London, Martina has significant and diverse experience in the field with Hermes EOS, the Global Thinkers Forum, UKSIF, the Thomas Arneway Trust and beyond as per her SFM bio. She has a number of exciting new ideas for us, so watch this space!.

UNEP Inquiry Launches Its Final Report

The UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System launched its final report "The Financial System We Need" today. The UNEP Inquiry has been co-led by SFM Participant Nick Robins and contributed to by many other SFM Participants, and has explored how changes in financial system design can bring the environment more effectively into financial decision-making.

Network for Sustainable Financial Markets Elects Stephen Viederman as President

On August 20, the board of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets elected Mr Stephen Viederman as its new President. Stephen is well known for his work around fiduciary duty, active share ownership, as well as economic and environmental justice. (Some of you may also know his son Dan who is a recognized global champion for justice for exploited workers through his work with the US State Department and Verite)

SFM’s new office holders are as follows: