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National Ethical Investment Week 2013 is almost upon us. For seven days, between October 13-19, investors, finance professionals, charities, churches and more will congregate at events up and down the UK, to discuss, debate and champion ethical, sustainable and responsible investment. 

But what do you do if you want to join in? Well firstly, you visit the events page on NEIW’s official website.

However, to give you a helping hand, we’ve compiled a brief (and by no means exhaustive) summary of some of the conferences, debates and meetings taking place during the week itself – and a few that are happening afterwards.

This list will grow as we hear about new events. If we’ve missed yours, email editor@blueandgreentomorrow.com and we’ll add it in.

Let us know if you’re planning on attending one. We just might see you there.

Make Your Money Count – Ethical Finance Conference 2013

Date: October 12 2013
Time: 9.30am – 3pm
Event Organiser: Ethex
Event Location: Broadmead Baptist Church, 1 Whippington Court, Bristol, BS1 3HY
City: Bristol
Audience: Open to All
Details: Organised by Ethex, Triodos Bank, Fairtrade Southwest, Bristol Credit Union, Christian Aid, Shared Interest, Stewart Investment Planning, L.V Nicholas Financial Planning and Family Wealth Mediation. Participants will be given the chance to explore some of the issues surrounding ethical finance (and investment) with some of the leading figures in the field.
How to attend: See here for more information.

Ethical Investment for Churches

Date: October 14 2013
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Event Organiser: CCLA
Event Location: Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4ET
City: London
Audience: Church Investors
Details: Over lunch, Edward Mason, secretary to the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group, and James Corah, secretary to the Church Investors Group, will introduce the work that churches in the UK and Ireland are doing to implement the faith within their investment strategies; how they are bringing about positive change; and discuss why it is more important than ever for churches of all denominations to reflect their teachings in their investments.
How to attend: RSVP to events@ccla.co.uk before the October 9, clearly stating ‘Ethical Investment for Churches’. See here for more information.

Gaeia Seminar

Date: October 14 2013
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Event Organiser: Gaeia
Event Location: Rooftop Reception Rooms, Social Stock Exchange, 28 Bridge St, London SE1
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester, debunks some of the climate change myths and demonstrates how avoiding even a 4C rise in global temperature demands a radical reframing of both the climate change agenda and the economic characterisation of contemporary society. Natasha Landell-Mills, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research at Sarasin & Partners LLP, and John Eckersley, MD of Castlefield and Gaeia, also feature.
How to attend: This event is free, but by invitation only, so please contact Hope Nelson at Gaeia on 0161 233 4898 or email hope.nelson@gaeia.com to request a place.

Shareholder Action for Charitable Goals

Date: October 14 2013
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Event Organiser: Charity Finance Group and CCLA
Event Location: Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4ET
City: London
Audience: Charities and Trusts, Church Investors
Details: CFG is teaming up with ShareAction and CIG for an exciting new evening event exploring the ways in which charities can use their investments to support their campaigning work
How to attend:
 To register for free, see here.

Climate-Conscious Investing: Exploring the Options for Foundations

Date: October 15 2013
Time: 8.30am – 10.15am
Event Organiser: ShareAction and WHEB Asset Management
Event Location: 2 Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H 6EE
City: London
Audience: Charities and Trusts
Details: A discussion, chaired by Ben Goldsmith, that will focus on emerging options for foundations who wish to protect their assets through smarter environmental risk management as well as to limit the contribution to global warming made by their investments.
How to attend:
 This event is for foundations only. RSVP to emily.kenway@shareaction.org.uk.

Sustainable Investing at the Frontier (1 of 2 Breakfast Seminars)

Date: October 15 2013
Time: 8.30am – 10am
Event Organiser: Alquity
Event Location: London
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: Come and learn about how ESG can add value and mitigate risk when investing in high-growth regions, and how Alquity integrates it within their unique investment model.
How to attend:
 Email Daisy Newlyn (daisy.newlyn@alquity.com) to reserve your place for this breakfast event, or for the second event on October 17.

Sustainable Investment Conference

Date: October 15 2013
Time: 8am – 11am
Event Organiser: RBC Wealth Management
Event Location: 15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: For individuals with an interest in sustainable or ethical investing, or who have a broader interest in philanthropy and the wider social and economic environment, it is a great opportunity to hear about what RBC are doing around the subject. Also sessions for chief investment officers and charities.
How to attend:
 See here, or contact rbcevents@rbc.com for further information.

Tea and Cake Debate

Date: October 15 2013
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Event Organiser: Ethex
Event Location: Drink Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: Back by popular demand, Ethex will be running its second Tea and Cake Debate during National Ethical Investment Week. Come and hear social finance professionals revelling in rhetorical rivalry in an Oxford style debate where the motion will be: “This teashop believes that the way forward for ethical investment is as a movement, not as an institution”
How to attend: RSVP to jamie@ethex.org.uk if you would like to attend.

Gaeia Seminar & Manchester Literature Festival event

Date: October 15 2013
Time: 3pm
Event Organiser: Gaeia
Event Location: Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd, Manchester
City: Manchester
Audience: Open to All
Details: Dr Alice Bows-Larkin of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change research at Manchester University debunks some of the climate change myths and demonstrates how avoiding even a 4C rise in global temperature demands a radical reframing of both the climate change agenda and the economic characterisation of contemporary society. Natasha Landell-Mills, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research at Sarasin & Partners LLP, and Brigid Benson, founder of Gaeia, also feature. Followed by a Gaeia sponsored event at the Manchester Literature Festival.
How to attend:
 This event is free, but by invitation only, so please contact Hope Nelson at Gaeia on 0161 233 4898 or email hope.nelson@gaeia.com to request a place at either part. 

Breakfast Briefing: Liquid Strategies for Social Investors

Date: October 16 2013
Time: 9am – 11am
Event Organiser: Truestone Impact Investment Management, the Social Stock Exchange and Sarasin & Partners
Event Location: London
City: London
Audience: Advisers, Charities and Trusts
Details: An event to discuss how one can go beyond simplistic avoidance strategies toward delivering investment solutions that generate positive change. 
How to attend:
 For further information please email positive@truestoneimpactinvestment.co.uk. 

FT Sustainable and Ethical Investment Conference

Date: October 16 2013
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Event Organiser: Financial Times
Event Location: London
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: The Financial Times, in conjunction with the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association and Blue & Green Investor, is holding an afternoon conference focusing on sustainable and ethical investment. The afternoon will include keynote addresses from leading figures in this field (including Sir Ronald Cohen and James Cameron) and will conclude with a Q&A session, giving delegates the platform to ask their most pressing questions in relation to this area of the market.
How to attend:
 For the full itinerary or to book your place at the event please contact claire.tolman@ft.com.

Principles and Profits: investing to protect people, the planet and your savings

Date: October 16 2013
Time: 6.05pm
Event Organiser: JustShare
Event Location: St Mary-le-Bow Church
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: Full details coming soon.
How to attend: See here on how to register.

Is the Treasury Serious about Sustainable Investment?

Date: October 17 2013
Time: 8.20am – 10am
Event Organiser: Friends of the Earth and Rathbone Greenbank Investments
Event Location: 1 Curzon Street, London, W1J 5FB
City: London
Audience: Open to all.
Details: Friends of the Earth, in partnership with and hosted by Rathbone Greenbank Investments, is holding a plenary and roundtable discussion on the role of the Treasury in building a cutting edge, thriving and genuinely sustainable low-carbon economy in the UK. Is it up to the job?
How to attend:
Attendance is by invitation only. To register your interest, contact Jo Finburgh at jo.finburgh@foe.co.uk.

Sustainable Investing at the Frontier (2 of 2 Breakfast Seminars)

Date: October 17 2013
Time: 8.30am – 10am
Event Organiser: Alquity
Event Location: London
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: Come and learn about how ESG can add value and mitigate risk when investing in high-growth regions, and how Alquity integrates it within their unique investment model.
How to attend:
 Email Daisy Newlyn (daisy.newlyn@alquity.com) to reserve your place for this breakfast event, or for the first event on October 15.

Whose ethics?

Date: October 17 2013
Time: 10am – 12pm
Event Organiser: CCLA
Event Location: Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4ET
City: London
Audience: Charities and Trusts, Church Investors
Details: Morning coffee with Helen Wildsmith, head of ethical and responsible investment at CCLA. If you are a charity trustee who, for many reasons, has yet to have a proper conversation about ethical and responsible investment, this event will provide you with comprehensive information and practical advice to start that conversation.
How to attend: 
For more information and to register for this event please see here or email lisa.scott@ccla.co.uk.

Live discussion: how can ethical investing work for your charity?

Date: October 17 2013
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Event Organiser: The Guardian
Event Location: Online
City: N/A
Audience: Open to All
Details: Join the online discussion organised by the Guardian, to discuss whether ethical investing could be right for your charity. This live discussion will consider: when charities should look at ethical investment; what the benefits and potential drawbacks are; how to strike a balance between ethical investment and other types; and what the best ethical investment vehicles are.
How to attend: 
Click here for more information, and to leave your comments and questions for the expert panel.

Church Investment: Witness or Whitewash? – ECCR Open Debate

Date: October 17 2013
Time: 16.30 – 18.30
Event Organiser: ECCR
Event Location: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: The ethics of church investment hit the national news headlines this summer. You are invited to come and explore these issues in more depth with a panel of expert speakers at ECCR’s 2013 open debate.
How to attend: 
Contact helen.boothroyd@eccr.org.uk or call 07503 931172.

NEIW 13 Parliamentary Reception

Date: October 17 2013
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Event Organiser: UKSIF
Event Location: House of Commons
City: London
Audience: Open to all
Details: An afternoon Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons to celebrate the 6th National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW).
How to attend: This is an invitation-only event. For more information, contact events@uksif.org.

Co-operative Energy Community Energy Conference

Date: October 19 2013
Time: TBC
Event Organiser: Co-operative Energy
Event Location: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: Ethical energy provider Co-operative Energy is staging its first ever community energy event less than two-and-a-half years after its arrival on the UK consumer market. The event brings together for the first time a panel of leading speakers from across the energy industry to share valuable knowledge and expertise.
How to attend: Cost of attendance at the one day conference is £65 per delegate. Further information can be obtained by emailing community.energy@cooperativeenergy.coop.

Finance: What’s Faith Got To Do With It?

Date: October 26 2013
Time: 9.30am – 2pm
Event Organiser: Cardiff Business School, CCLA, Church in Wales, ECCR, Fair Trade Wales and Shared Interest
Event Location: Cardiff Business School
City: Cardiff
Audience: Open to All
Details: What is the value of money? Are we responsible for the impact our money makes? Does your money do good? Join the debate with our guest speakers and leave challenged and inspired to invest in a fairer world.
How to attend: Places are free but limited. To secure your place, please RSVP to membership@shared-interest.com by Monday October 14.

Faith in Finance Seminar

Date: November 5 2013
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Event Organiser: St Paul’s Institute and the Christian Muslim Forum
Event Location: Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral
City: London
Audience: Open to All
Details: Organised in partnership with the Christian Muslim Forum, this event will bring together leading theologians and practitioners to discuss how faith can enhance our approach to finance, exploring the theological implications and practical outworking of our current relationship to money.
How to attend: See here for more information. This event is free but advance registration is required. To register, please contact Robert Gordon at institute@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 020 7489 1011.

Further reading:

Invest, spend and vote sustainability: why National Ethical Investment Week matters

National Ethical Investment Week 2013: bigger, bolder, broader, better

The Guide to Sustainable Investment 2013

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