Sector's first climate change summit launched for charity investors

Written by Charity Times

A new climate change conference for charity investors is open for registration.

The event, Charity Investor's Forum on Climate Change, has been launched to help charity investors ensure the climate is prioritised in the investment of charity assets, whilst still generating a good income.

This hugely topical half-day conference is designed for charity leaders, trustees and finance directors will be held at One Birdcage Walk, London on 11 July 2019.

Throughout the day, a selection of climate and investment experts will explore the huge challenges posed by global warming, and set out some of the simple steps charity investors can take to ensure they are creating an impact within a rapidly reducing time frame.

Speakers will seek to answer the sector's biggest questions about climate change, including why and how it affects all charities, regardless of mission; the divestment dilemma; how to get results from better engagement; how to push climate issues up the boardroom agenda and more.

The launch of the Charity Investor's Forum on Climate Change comes after a coalition of some of the UK’s largest charities sent a letter urging the Charity Commission to seek a landmark ruling that could force charity trustees to prioritise mission-based investing over financial returns.

The charities, including RSPB, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Nesta, Ashden Trust and ClientEarth, which have been supported by law firm Bates Wells, urged the Charity Commission and Attorney General to make it a legal duty for charity trustees to ensure their investments support their charitable aims and their duty to provide public benefit.

They also requested specific legal guidance on whether charities should invest in companies that contribute to dangerous climate change, noting that temperature rises above the UN target of 1.5 per cent “present substantial risks to the overall economy, as well as to individual investment portfolios” and may undermine the aims charities exist to achieve.

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You can read more information about the event here, and register to attend here.

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