Ethical Finance: Merging Profit & Purpose
The global ethical finance industry constitutes approximately USD 22.89 trillion worth of assets under management, an increase of 25% from 2014. However, this is seen in institutions and assets within developed markets.
Ethical finance is on track to developing its global value proposition. However, catalyzing the wider adoption requires concerted efforts to build meaningful dialogue between the two main areas of ethical finance: one segment that integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, and Islamic finance which is expected to rise from USD 2 trillion to USD 3.5 trillion by 2021.
There is a unique opportunity for ethical finance players in developed markets to connect with the Islamic/faith-based financial sector which enjoys a strong foothold in Muslim-majority emerging markets.
The Global Ethical Finance Forum is an initiative of Middle East Global Advisors and the UKIFC, two leading institutions spearheading the agenda of sustainable and inclusive economy and of building connections with the broader ethical finance industry. The forum was a response to the growing interest in collaboration and convergence between stakeholders across the entire ethical finance universe only a mere few years after the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-9 demonstrated the need to reconsider the role of ethics in finance.
The global ethical finance industry constitutes approximately USD 22.89 trillion worth of assets under management, an increase of 25% from 2014. However, this is seen institutions and assets within developed markets. Ethical finance is on track to developing its global value proposition. However, catalyzing the wider adoption requires concerted efforts to build meaningful dialogue between the two main areas of ethical finance: one segment that integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, and Islamic finance which is expected to rise from USD 2 trillion to USD 3.5 trillion by 2021. There is a unique opportunity for ethical finance players in developed markets to connect with the Islamic/faith-based financial sector which enjoys a strong foothold in Muslim-majority emerging markets.
At its inaugural edition in September 2015, the vision ascribed to GEFF is to become a catalyst for a new, all-encompassing form of inclusive finance that connects key stakeholders from the various ethical finance sectors and facilitates previously untapped opportunities for convergence & collaboration.
GEFF 2017 endeavors to play a critical role in enabling stakeholders from the traditional responsible and Islamic finance sectors to forge and nurture new relationships aimed at building cooperation across sectors and geographies.
Dialogue across worlds (from Left to Right):
Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Europe & International Development of the Scottish Government, His Royal Highness Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, and Dr. Zeti Aktar Aziz, Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, inaugurating the exhibition for GEFF 2015.
The theme for GEFF 2017 - “Ethical Finance: Merging Profit & Purpose”, reflects the spirit of convergence and collaboration across the responsible finance universe, as well as a call for a more inclusive financial sector, one that inspired the inaugural forum back in September 2015.
GEFF 2015 was historic for inaugurating a dialogue where one did not exist before—between Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), and Islamic/faith-based Finance. Whilst these 3 segments share the same values-based approach, they are separated by boundaries of geography, perception and methodology.
Political developments in the US, UK and Europe have sparked domestic debates about the forces of globalization and protectionism, with ultimate roots found in financial deregulation that has been occurred since the 1990s and well into and past the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09. As traditional ESG investors broaden their scope geographically (which in some places requires providing a Shariah-compliant offering), adopt things like the leverage-limiting ‘prudence’ screens from Islamic finance and as Islamic finance adopts positive screening, there is much work to be done to marry the ethical underpinnings of responsible finance with profit motivations.
GEFF 2017 will build on developments in responsible finance since September 2015 and forge a roadmap for the future trajectory of ethical finance.
Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Scottish Government
Chairman, The Big Issue Group
Director of Sustainable Banking, Royal Bank of Scotland
Director of International Affairs, Vigeo Eiris CEO, EIRIS Foundation
CEO, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Authority
Chief Advisor, Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund
Head of Responsible Investment, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Head of Responsible Investing, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC
Head of Responsibility, Hermes Investments
Head of Corporate Governance & SRI, Kames Capital
Head of Responsible Investment, Standard Life Investments
CEO,Sedco Capital Chairman, Sedco Capital Luxembourg
Chair of the Board of directors of Banca Etica
Head of Energy & Sustainability, HSBC Commercial Banking
Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad
Head of Sustainability & ESG, Director, Impax Asset Management Group PLC
Global Head of Sustainability Indices, S&P Dow Jones
Chief Executive, UKSIF
CEO, Social Stock Exchange (SSX)
Independent Responsible Investment Advisor & Executive Coach
Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University
Co-Founder & Director, The Good Economy
Client Portfolio Manager, RobecoSAM AG
Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University
Renowned scholar & theologian
Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical
Chief Executive, Social Investment Scotland
Chief Executive, Investing For Good
Executive Director, International Corporate Governance Network
Executive Director, Finance Innovation Lab
Founder & Managing Director, Innovest Advisory
Banker & business historian
Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Executive Vice President, Tawreeq Holdings
CEO, Shariyah Review Bureau
Founder Director, Ario Advisory
Associate, Afkar Consulting
Baron Sheikh of Cornhill
Advisory Board Member, Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC)
Chairman, Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC)
Editor-in-Chief, The International Interest
Fixed Income Manager, Capital Markets, London Stock Exchange
Vice President, ESG Products, MSCI
Associate Director, Ethics - Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
Founder, Leading Ventures
Senior Researcher - Islamic Finance, Islamic Research and Training Institute
Director, Saturna Capital, President, Saturna Sdn. Bhd
Senior Advisor, UKIFC
CEO, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Managing Director, Securities Commission Malaysia
Partner, International Law Firm Dentons
Director, Sustainability Strategy, Accenture
Executive Director, DDCAP
Provide a platform for dialogue between the key stakeholders in the various subsets of the industry
Help in strengthening the industry as a whole and support its effort towards becoming mainstream
Creation of common guidelines, standards and principles for facilitating products that appeal to the broader responsible finance industry
Make the responsible finance industry more cohesive by bringing together the various subsets of the industry
Explore and identify the opportunities locked in convergence and collaboration within the industry
Promote the benefits of responsible finance to policy makers, asset managers and owners, other financial institutions and the general public
Facilitate the transfer of the best practices from the developed markets & highlight the growth opportunities in the emerging markets for responsible finance
Highlight the latest research and initiatives in responsible finance industry
Support joint research effforts between the various segments to facilitate crossovers
The content is crafted by a panel of leading experts in the industry aided by quality research on the industry's most pressing issues.
The forum will gather dignitaries, policy makers, practitioners, global though leaders and academia from across the world providing a truly global experience.
Unique features such as Live Voting on key issues and the interactive Web Connect App aim to provide a truly immersive experience for participants.
Partnering with world leading research firms, the forum helps in providing fresh perspectives and thought leadership to the industry.
The forum has secured the patronage of the Scottish Government as the official host of the forum which will help in supporting the ethical finance industry.
The forum will conclude with a reception hosted by the Scottish Government at the historic and famed Edinburgh Castle.
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