Congratulations to all the shortlisted companies and the winners at the 2021 Awards. In a year where the efforts of organisations have been needed by so many, it was wonderful to see so many great schemes to help support innovation, communities and charities.
So, finally a deal was done. Not quite the one hoped for, but better than the worst fears. Something of a holding pattern perhaps, as even the effervescent Boris Johnson admitted as he said it had scored six out of ten.
Major demand pushed the Government’s green gilts sale to raise £10bn, the largest inaugural green issuance by any sovereign, with the largest ever order book for a sovereign green transaction. A second issuance will take place later in the year.
Make My Money Matter (MMMM) has called on the UK’s largest defined benefit (DB) schemes to commit to “robust net zero targets” in a letter that is the latest step in its industry-wide push for climate action.
Triodos Bank UK is partnering with Paces Sheffield, a charity for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological motor disorders, to raise £1.5m through a new bond offer on the Triodos Crowdfunding platform.
According to Bank.Green’s Money Movement campaign, the world’s 60 largest private-sector banks have poured $3.8tr into fossil fuel projects since the Paris Agreement. The campaign, in partnership with a coalition of movements and organisations including BankTrack and Reclaim Finance, encourages bank customers to take action against their banks.
The UK is investing £10m in a new national green finance research centre that will advise lenders, investors and insurers, enabling them to make environmentally sustainable decisions, and support a greener global economy.
The majority of people in the UK see 2021 as vital for tackling the climate emergency with two thirds (67 per cent) believing the planet is in a worse shape than it has ever been, and that the world needs to act within the next year if it is going to tackle the climate emergency.
HSBC and Young Money have launched Money Heroes, a financial education programme centred around an innovative online platform designed to help teachers and parents collaborate on the delivery of meaningful and fun home and school learning.