simon zadek

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.…

Climate of Opportunity

Although I am back living in Europe, my fascination of, and work in China, continues unabated, notably the work on greening China`s financial markets, more or which anon. In that context, I am pleased to point you towards my first outing in my China Daily business column, “Climate of Opportunity“, focused on the changing narrative in the run-up to the UN Secretary General`s Climate Summit in September in New York.…

The Inquiry @ 150 Days – An Invitation

On 24th June, UNEP`s Inquiry releases its first publication, Aligning the Financial System to Sustainable Development. It sets out an open invitation to those with interests, experience and insights to contribute to developing design options for a sustainable financial system.

The occasion for releasing this Invitation was the day-long Finance Symposium held in Nairobi as part of the first, landmark meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly.…

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