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Sustainable Finance seminar - #FoSB

  • Triodos Bank The Foundation, Lower Ground Floor, St George’s Road Bristol, BS1 5BE (map)

The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar exploring the options in the industry of sustainable finance. They will be joined by representatives from Tumelo, New Economics Foundation and Triodos Bank.

How does the business community ensure that their investments are doing good, are ethical and sustainable? What incentives are there for business to consider sustainable finance as the preferred option and how do sustainability leaders instil longer term thinking, thereby making the business case for sustainable investment choices?

Rebecca Pritchard, Head of Business Banking, Triodos Bank

When businesses think about sustainable finance, it’s important that they look at both sides of their balance sheet. How can organisations make sustainable decisions not only about where they invest, but also where they choose to bank, borrow, or raise capital? Sustainable finance should be a part of the sustainable supply chain, in the same way businesses might consider their energy supplier, for example. Rebecca will explore this point, alongside considering which questions to ask to tell whether a finance provider is truly sustainable. At the heart of her discussion will be a consideration of how we view financial services: in order to truly instil longer term thinking, do we need to stop thinking of finance as a commodity, and begin to understand that how we invest and raise money has wider positive or negative impact?

Frank van Lerven, Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation: A Green New Deal – How can we pay for it?

A fair and sustainable transition to a low-carbon economy requires an unprecedented mobilisation of resources to decarbonise our economy and protect the environment, whilst creating millions of jobs and lifting living standards. Great Britain needs a Green New Deal. However,  a common argument is that there is not enough money to pay for a Green New Deal. In this presentation, Frank van Lerven will present a number of options for how the government can fund it – making the case that a Green New Deal is possible, the choice is ultimately political not economic.


Up till 13:00 – Visit exhibition and have lunch at Millennium Square (see below)

13:30 – 13:55 – Registration and tea & coffee

13:55 – 14:00 – Introductions from The Future Economy Network

14:00 – 14:10 – Welcome from Triodos Bank

14:10 – 14:30 – Rebecca Pritchard, Triodos Bank

14:30 – 14:50 – Frank van Lerven, New Economics Foundation

14:50 – 15:10 – William Goodwin, Tumelo

15:10 – 15:30 – Speaker TBC

15:30 – 15:55 – Panel Discussion

15:55 – 16:00 – Close

16:00 – 16:30 – Networking


As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square.


William Goodwin, Co-Founder, Tumelo

Tumelo’s purpose is to help people make positive impact with money. Our software, built for human and digital financial advisors and online investment solutions, shows investors exactly what companies they own through their personal investments and pensions. We enable users to take collective shareholder action for positive change, such as campaigns, voting and shareholder perks.

Rebecca Pritchard, Head of Business Banking, Triodos Bank

Rebecca joined the bank in September 2013 and leads the team responsible for UK business banking activities with SMEs, social enterprises and charities, with particular focus on the environmental, food and farming, and social and cultural sectors. Rebecca has nearly 30 years' experience in the financial services sector, and began her career as a corporate relationship banker with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. She relocated to the UK in 1989 to join the bank’s Project Finance team, where she advised and financed major infrastructure projects in Europe. Rebecca then joined accountancy firm Grant Thornton in Bristol, where she established a Government & Infrastructure advisory team advising public sector procurers and private sector contractors on long-term public-private partnerships for capital projects in education, environmental services, housing, health and blue light services.


Frank van Lerven, Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation

Frank is Senior Economist for one the UK’s leading think tanks the ‘New Economics Foundation’ (NEF). Specialising in monetary and fiscal policy, banking, and developmental finance, Frank has been published in renowned academic journals and newspapers. Frank currently leads NEF’s work on sustainable finance and how to pay for a Green New Deal. Before joining NEF, Frank worked at the United Nations Development Programme and then went on to help start-up two prominent European think tanks aimed at reforming monetary policy.

We are working with carbon offset provider, The Converging World to calculate Festival attendee’s carbon footprint. Attendees for our seminars have the option to add this to their ticket price when completing their Eventbrite booking, with a suggested donation of £1 per attendee. It is hoped that this will help those attending to consider their carbon footprint in their everyday activities. For those who decide against offsetting their carbon, The Future Economy Group will make their payment. All payments will be made to our chosen charity, The Converging World. Find out more information here.

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