Accelerating our Journey Towards a Green Economy, Before it’s Too Late

Online symposium using interactive Zoom. 

Tuesday, May 12th from 1:00pm until 5pm, UK time

Sponsorship opportunities available – please get in touch

Executive summary

This event is inspired by the concerns expressed so well by Sir David Attenborough’s comments at the UN climate change conference, when he stated: 

“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change.

 

If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

 

The stakes really couldn’t be any higher and many people within the Transparency Task Force community are convinced the financial services sector as a whole could and should be doing much more than it is to tackle climate change. 

 

Of course, we are exposed to many grave challenges in the world right now. We are having to face up to serious political, social and economic challenges; none of them have easy solutions; and on top of that there is Covid-19. 

 

However, in the overall scheme of things, nothing; absolutely nothing is nearly as important as taking care of our planet.

 

Everything we have, everything we are and everything we might one day become is dependent on the wellbeing of a planet we are all fortunate enough to live on; a planet we are collectively harming; minute by minute.

 

According to many experts, we are getting perilously close to the point of no return; i.e. the point at which we become fated to harming our world so much that its wellbeing (and therefore ours) is irreconcilably jeopardised.

 

Any serious analysis of global warming results in one stark conclusion: unless mankind makes drastic changes to first halt and then reverse our awful impact on our precious planet, we are destined to climate catastrophe.

 

So, in plain and blunt English: unless there is a massive and authentic commitment to drastic change, we’re most probably going to wreck the one thing we simply must not take for granted; our world.

 

We don’t have a spare one; there isn’t a Planet B. 

 

The only possibility to reverse things is if all parts of the world economy in all parts of the world morph into a new, green form of themselves that isn’t toxic to the planet.

 

Unless we accelerate to a green economy before it’s too late then it will be…too late.

 

It isn’t rocket science. Sadly, it’s becoming blindingly obvious to everybody other than those in denial that we are messing up, big time.

 

Fortunately, in relative terms there aren’t that many people in denial; but unfortunately, they include the most powerful person in the world.

 

Every part of the world economy needs to adapt; and every part of the world’s economy has the potential to make a significant difference; none more so than the financial services sector.

 

There is no doubt that, despite its many shortcomings, the financial services sector can be enormously influential. The world’s capital markets have the potential to unlock the truly awesome power of money and use it to strategically overhaul the flows of capital. We need money to go where it can do real good, in the real economy; and to stop going to where it is doing harm. 

 

However, that’s going to take an enormous change to the way the world’s financial ecosystem works. We need to think about many things very differently.

 

The good news is that in the UK at least, all our financial services regulators are gearing up to play a part in driving the reforms necessary. But we can do more than just follow the direction given to us by the regulators.

 

We, the financial services industry as a whole, can share in the responsibility for leading the way.

 

At our symposium, we’ll be discussing and debating questions such as:

 

·       “What can we do to accelerate our journey towards a green economy, before it’s too late?”

·       “What role can the financial services sector play in helping to avoid climate catastrophe?

·       “In the long term, will Covid-19 be good or bad news for planet Earth?”

·       “How will the economic consequences of Covid-19 impact the sustainability agenda?”

·       “Are pension scheme trustees part of the solution or part of the problem?”

Clearly, there is going to be a great deal to discuss!

If you are on the same wavelength, please don’t ‘stand by’, please ‘stand up’ – we need all the help we can get to galvanise support for radical and rapid reform, before it is too late.

All places need to be booked in advance, please

To secure your place, please first click on the button below, then read the notes that explain the 4 ticket options (Standard, For TTF Fellows, Discounted and Press Pass) and then book your place.

Once your place is secured, we will Email all the details you need to be able to access the event through interactive Zoom.

For queries, please Email andy.agathangelou@transparencytaskforce.org

What’s the purpose of this symposium?

This symposium represents one more step forward in our collective efforts to galvanise support for positive, progressive and purposeful finance reform, for the benefit of all.

Our event is being run as part of a major international project about creating an over-arching framework for finance reform. At the heart of that framework for finance reform are the 12 Finance Development Goals that we are developing with the input from many members around the world. 

We already know that the financial services sector as a whole has a significant reputation problem – the key takeaway from the Edelman Trust Barometer is:

“…at 57 percent trust among the general population, financial services remain the least-trusted sector measured by the Trust Barometer.”

…and that’s obviously a major issue for a sector that has to be trusted to function successfully.

It is clear that there is far too much adverse publicity about the financial services sector; and that it is having a long-lasting and highly damaging effect on the reputational integrity of the sector. 

This is a serious and systemic issue that needs to be resolved.

Our symposium creates a first-class opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to share their thoughts around what needs to be done; how best to do it and who should take responsibility for fixing what seems to be broken; or at least very badly damaged. 

You can expect to be ‘amongst’ progressively minded and collaboratively minded people.

On the basis that “progress begins with realism” we will be facilitating the kind of candid yet constructive discussions that are needed to help move matters forward.

We are expecting this to be a particularly lively symposium because we will be creating a forum for people to “say it as they see it” 

We don’t think any one person or organisation has all the answers; and we also think that all answers are worth listening to, so if you’ve got a point of view that you’d like to share, this is definitely an event for you.

Format

We’re in trying times; so, it’s time for agility and adaptability, resilience and innovation.

As a consequence, this symposium is being run as an online event.

We will be using interactive Zoom, a highly effective online platform which means we can run this symposium as an ultra-convenient and wonderfully efficient thought-leadership event for you; all this, without you needing to leave your home or office.

You’ll just need access to a computer with Broadband connection. 

We will be structuring the event in such a way that it will be as engaging and as interactive as we can possibly make it. We’ll  be working hard to create as “life-like” an event as possible, with every opportunity taken to create interaction and engagement.

There will be several presentations with Q&A sessions; breakout sessions where attendees will be able to discuss particular topics amongst themselves and then report back on their findings; and an open discussion and debate session towards the end.

Here’s the programme and timings, so far*

13:00

Welcome to the symposium, brief introductions and setting the scene, by 

 – Andy Agathangelou FTTF FRSA, Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; former Founding Chair, Friends of Automatic Enrolment; former Founding Chair, Association of Member Nominated Trustees.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-agathangelou-02953113

13:15

Presentation #1, for 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion

Alison Edmonds, Epic Steps Careers

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-edmonds-930782/

and

Henry Greenwood, Founder & Managing Director, Green Schools Project

https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-greenwood-a414a820/

and

Carly Razzell, Corporate Partnerships Manager, City of Trees

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carly-razzell-760ab914/

13:45

Presentation #2, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion

Deborah Henderson, Managing Director, Centre for Inspired Leadership

https://www.linkedin.com/in/54902389/

14:00

Presentation #3, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion

Greg Davies, Head of Behavioural Science, Oxford Risk

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregbdavies/

14:15

Presentation #4, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion

Anne-Marie Borg, Founder and Director, Antara Project

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annemarie-borg-99894/

14:30

Short leg-stretch and comfort break, for 15 minutes

14:45

Breakout & Report Back Session, on “What are the greatest challenges; and how should we tackle them?” for 30 minutes in total

 – 20 minutes for discussion within the Breakout Group

and 

 – 10 minutes for the Report Back session 

15:15

Presentation #5, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion

Blake Goud, CEO at RFI Foundation

https://www.linkedin.com/in/blakegoud/

15:30

Presentation #6, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion

Chet Gladkowski, Head of Customer Engagement 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chetgladkowski/

15:45

Presentation #7, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion

About our book 

“Why we must accelerate the rebuilding of trustworthiness and confidence in financial services; 

and how we can do it”

Andy Agathangelou FTTF FRSA, Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; former Founding Chair, Friends of Automatic Enrolment; former Founding Chair, Association of Member Nominated Trustees.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-agathangelou-02953113

16:00

Short leg-stretch and comfort break, for 15 minutes

16:15

Presentation #8, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion 

Graham Boyd,  Founder, evolutesix

https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamboydphd/  

16:30

Open discussion & debate, 10 minutes

16:55

Final conclusions; and suggested next steps, by

Andy Agathangelou FTTF FRSA, Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; former Founding Chair, Friends of Automatic Enrolment; former Founding Chair, Association of Member Nominated Trustees.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-agathangelou-02953113

17:00

Final close

*The programme will continuously evolve so is subject to change.

All places need to be booked in advance, please

To secure your place, please first click on the button below, then read the notes that explain the 4 ticket options (Standard, For TTF Fellows, Discounted and Press Pass) and then book your place.

Once your place is secured, we will Email all the details you need to be able to access the event through interactive Zoom.

For queries, please Email andy.agathangelou@transparencytaskforce.org