simon zadek

A Festive Inquiry @ 320 Days

As some of us move to year end, and all of us hopefully get a break or at least temporary slow down in the intensive work flow, I wanted to highlight a few of the Inquiry`s outputs that punctuate what for us has been an extraordinary journey to date.

Inquiry

We began our work on the 26th January 2014 on the tailwinds of the World Economic Forum in Davos, more or less 330 days ago, or 230 official work days (if only!).…

Academic Symposium on Sustainable Financial System

Today, and over the coming days, the UNEP Inquiry is co-hosting an academic symposium on aspects of a sustainable financial system with the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Canada. There is rightly much value placed by the deep technical expertise working in the field on demonstrable rigor, including the conceptual and theoretical side. Whilst this symposium will not put controversy to rest, it will add further support to our work and others advancing the field of financial sector design and sustainability.…

Business Performance and Sustainability 2.0 & Tsinghua SEM

Although I am no longer living in Beijing, I have retained my post at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management as Visiting Scholar. Last year, we launched a course module on Business Performance and Sustainability, certainly the first time at Tsinghua and possibly in China that a course on how business performance can be driven by improved sustainability impacts and outcomes.…

China Daily on Green Banking

China Daily, which as most know is the Chinese Government`s principle English-language, international daily, has published a discussion with me about green finance and banking, Green Should be the Color of Banking, just as I head for Beijing`s smoggy chill to participate in, in fact co-chair, a one day green finance symposium co-hosted with the Peoples Bank of China, to be held at Renmin University on the 18th November.…

NEW REPORT: Inquiry – Insights from Practice

Today, on the occasion of the IMF/WB Annual Meetings in Washington DC, the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System launches its second briefing, “Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development – Insights from Practice“. The briefing describes what we have found to date in our ground-level engagement in diverse country contexts from Bangladesh to Brazil, China, South Africa, the US and Europe, as well as setting out our initial scenarios work framing our analysis of what it takes to create a sustainable financial system.…

Summary of UN Climate Summit Op-eds and Blogs

Just in case you missed them, I published a number of op-eds and blogs before and after the UN Climate Summit to highlight the links through to the Inquiry`s agenda for a number of different constituencies.

First up was the 20th August China Daily article pre-UN Climate Summit.

Then was my and Nick Robins`s 11th September Guardian article on self interest and climate action.…

Selfishness for All?

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has just hosted a special UN Climate Summit in New York intended to spur action on climate change. Ban’s message was simple: Beyond the long-term shared benefits of such action, countries and businesses would benefit in the short term. Selfishness as a strategy to address the climate challenge does, however, have its limits. Ultimately, there is no substitute for social conscience and concerted action.…

UNSG Climate Summit: Celebration or Warning? (edited)

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will host a unique leadership event in New York on 23 September, bringing together more than 100 heads of state, along with chief executives, city mayors, and civil society and labour leaders, to spur renewed efforts on climate change.The Summit aims to underscore the message that acting on climate can advance the direct interests of nations, businesses and communities.…

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