NSFM participants in action: New report finds climate-themed bond market much bigger than expected; Chris Hewett on disruptive policy for a sustainable finance system; Raj Thamotheram on systems thinking to tackle the real issues

London, 31 May 2012: The Climate Bonds Initiative, in collaboration with HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence, launched a new report on the current size and future opportunities for investing in climate-themed bonds.

Over $174bn of climate-themed bonds – energy, transport, finance, buildings, forestry, waste, water - were identified, making the market much broader and deeper than expected.

Read more at http://climatebonds.net/2012/05/hsbc-climate-bonds-report/

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Can disruptive policy create a sustainable finance system? 

Chris Hewett's recent blog for OpenEconomy argues that the ideas for creating a new and sustainable finance system are out there. However, if these ideas don't get greater exposure to policy makers and the media, finance will remain a barrier to social and environmental progress.

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Rio+20: can management consultants (and CSR/ESG professionals) start saving the world? Systems thinking is needed to tackle the real issues: might management consultants have it?

Raj Thamotheram blogs for Responsible Investor on the eve of Rio+20.