Building back better after the coronavirus pandemic is a global effort. That is why, the Institute launched a Knowledge Exchange Series in 2020. The virtual roundtable events bring together the local organisations that underpin the global impact investing architecture – the National Advisory Boards (NABs) on impact investing.

The UK’s green gilt programme will raise much-needed funds to address the climate emergency, and today’s commitment to deliver explicit social benefits alongside environmental impact is a great step forward. This demonstrates the ability of the UK and its financial services sector to show innovative leadership in sustainable finance.

The Impact Investing Institute, the Green Finance Institute and the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment are delighted to welcome the UK government’s announcement to issue a Sovereign Green Bond.

The Impact Investing Institute, together with the Good Economy and Pensions for Purpose, is working on a collaborative project aimed at mobilising more flows of institutional investment to address place-based inequalities and support more inclusive and sustainable development across the UK.

More and more consumers, investors and policy makers are interested in the long-term sustainability of businesses. They want to see companies report transparently on the positive and negative impact of their business activities on the environment and society.

A UK green sovereign bond would finance the green recovery plans the Prime Minister outlined in his keynote speech this week, creating green-collar jobs across the country.

The world is changing, with new challenges relating to people and the planet. Pension money is vulnerable to these challenges, but it also possesses the power to contribute to solutions for the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time.

The last two months have been very productive ones for the Institute. We have been making progress on several different workstreams, including the compatibility of pension trustees’ fiduciary duty and impact investing, impact measurement, management and reporting in the social housing sector.

We welcome the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s consultation on the review the Non-Financial Reporting Directive. Traditionally, non-financial reporting has focused on how an organisation avoids harm, mitigates risk and manages its reputation.

It has been a couple of weeks since we first updated you about our response to the coronavirus crisis, our activities since our launch in November and our plans for the coming months. The human and economic cost of this pandemic has been devastating for individuals, families and businesses and we are likely to experience the aftershocks for a very long time.

The coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the social fabric of our society has made it clear, once again, that the need for a good, affordable home has never been more important. Investor interest in the UK’s social housing sector is growing strong. 

We all have pictures and voices in our minds from the last few weeks. For me, the most persistent image is of the migrant workers forced to leave Delhi after lockdown was imposed and walk hundreds of miles back to their home towns, often with no money and nothing to eat.