At COP26 in Glasgow, we explored how to accelerate investment in nature-based solutions
Scotland’s special role in championing tobacco-free finance
On World No Tobacco Day, Scotland’s finance sector can show leadership by stopping its investments in tobacco companies
Tobacco damages the lungs of the earth
It is well-known that tobacco causes considerable harms to human health. Less well-known perhaps are the significant environmental and climate-related damages also associated with tobacco production and consumption. The financial sector can play its part in 'building back better' by driving investment away from tobacco to more sustainable ends.
Scotland and ethical finance: perspectives from experts
In this series of short videos, I interview experts from academia and the financial sector for their insights on the history of ethical finance in Scotland and Scotland's role today in driving forward this fast-growing market.
ESG and the SDGs: A perfect partnership?
How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect ESG investments? And is it possible to ensure that the current focus on ESG standards benefits low-income countries? Gail Hurley calls for more patient capital and a hands-on approach.
Video: Ethical Finance Market Update
I interview key leaders in sustainable finance on the evolution of the ethical finance market.
Building a finance system to slow climate change
The UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid has wrapped up, and all eyes will now be on Scotland as next year’s host of what is arguably the world’s most important international conference. How can we build a financial system that has people and planet at its heart?
Meeting the challenge of financing for sustainable development
I'm delighted to announce I've joined Development Initiatives as a Fellow. Read my introductory blog in which I talk about making development finance fit for purpose in a changing world...
Sustainable investing: where are we today?
Responsible investment is growing. But there are questions about its impact on achieving sustainable development.