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Recognizing the importance of sustainable investing, the UK and China have been working closely to encourage the growth of green and sustainable finance across the financial services industry under the UK-China Green Finance Taskforce, established in 2017. The UK-China Green Finance Taskforce is now co-chaired by Alderman William Russell, 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London and Dr Ma Jun, Chairman of the Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for Finance and Banking. The Taskforce initiated the UK-China ESG Leaders Forum (ELF) in early 2021. The Forum is a practitioner-led initiative to further embed ESG integration into the UK and Chinese investment community and to promote best practice to support British and Chinese asset owners and managers on their transition journey to sustainable asset allocation.
The first report ”The Value Creation of Active Engagement,” suggests that the creation of a transition map is important for both global players and emerging market leaders, like China, to drive positive social, environmental and market outcomes and to help ensure an effective sustainable transition for their economies.
Such a transition map should outline and transparently communicate challenges, progress, and solutions in sectorial buckets including the energy, sustainable transition sectors.
The second report “Scaling Sustainable Solutions – Public and Private Markets,” suggests that to achieve net zero goals, the investment management sector needs to combine outcomes and actions.
Read the full versions of both reports here: