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Materiality of ESG risks are rising

Materiality of ESG risks are rising

There are increasing numbers of headlines putting sustainability into the frame for corporates to consider. This assumes that it hadn’t been a part of discussions prior to Davos’ and the launch of Green Finance. This is misleading. The current relevance is actually due to the change to its materiality and the rising risk in doing business.

Financial inclusion: Lessons for Creating Shared Value

Financial inclusion: Lessons for Creating Shared Value

The UN countries have focused on delivering aid to the third world to help bring economic development and prosperity. What they have also done is to bring financial inclusion so well that many of these countries, particularly Kenya and Vietnam, are now in a position to leapfrog the more traditional, cash-reliant economies.  Tens of millions of Asians, Europeans and Americans remain unbanked or underbanked.

September Words: Seize the moment

September Words: Seize the moment

During the past month I have listened to the changes being driven in and by the financial markets:  Where significant sums of money can be gained or lost. I was reminded that risk is quickly reflected in stock values when contracts are revoked due to a plantation not demonstrating sustainable practices and that the scarcity of natural resources –particularly clean water, has a direct economic impact.