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FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards: eleventh hour preview



Tonight marks the hugely anticipated FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, where hundreds of representatives from across the world gather at the Landmark Hotel in London to recognise the importance of achievements within sustainable finance and investment.

Blue & Green Tomorrow is attending the event and will announce the winners of the awards tomorrow, but we present here a short run down of what’s to come.

The Financial Times and the International Finance Cooperation created awards covering four categories; demonstrating leadership in environmental social and cooperate governance (ESG).

These are: Sustainable Bank of the Year; Sustainable Investor of the Year; Sustainable Investment of the Year; and Technology in Sustainable Finance.

The shortlist of firms running for the accolade confirmed that seven UK companies out of the 161 entries, from 67 different countries, were lucky enough to be considered.

The impressive list of nominees, consisting of well-known institutions from previous years and new names make tonight’s awards ceremony perhaps the most interesting yet.

“The quality of this year’s entries has been extremely high, including in our new categories, and the judges are looking forward to a deep and detailed examination of the short-lists over the next few weeks”, said Martin Dickson, FT deputy editor and co-chair of the judging panel for the awards.

The FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference and Awards a full schedule of thought-provoking conference programmes.

Influential speakers and panellists specialising in responsible investment, global work in agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure and social development, line the floor with a buzz of sustainable expertise.

Among keynote speakers are Sir Ronald Cohen, chairman of Big Society Bank, James Cameron, chairman of Climate Change Capital, Rashad Kaldany, vice president of global industries at the IFC and Rachel Kyte, vice president and network head of sustainable development at the World Bank.

Sustainable investment is not only vital for balancing the needs of the environment, society and economy, but is, as we regularly report, a rapidly growing sector. For a comprehensive view on sustainable investment, download our Guide to Sustainable Investment.

Among the list of prominent nominees, are financial groups well deserving of a sustainability merit. B&GT anticipates the scheduled announcements later this evening with much excitement and will be bring you all the news direct from the conference and ceremony.

Further Reading:

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards: the nominees at a glance 

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards: the speakers 

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards: shortlist announced 

The Guide to Sustainable Investment 2012