Incisive to launch new sustainable investment platform

Incisive Media has announced the imminent launch of Sustainable-Investment (SI) – a new digital platform for finance professionals who are committed to moving responsible investing “from the fringes to the forefront”.

Incisive to launch new sustainable investment platform
Beth Brearley: “The platform is designed to be an open environment for sharing insights, debating opinions, and collaborating.”

SI – launching in April 2022 – is designed to connect and enlighten forward-thinking professionals among fund groups, wealth managers, asset allocators, financial advisers, trade bodies, regulators, trustees, analysts, research agencies, data providers, think tanks and law firms, says Incisive Media.

Incisive Media says SI will collaborate with an alliance of key players in the investment and advice industry. SI will work closely with BMO Global Asset Management, Royal London Asset Management and EdenTree to produce thought leadership content and best-in-class practice for the industry.

Daniel Barber, chief commercial officer, EdenTree, commented: “EdenTree is delighted to be one of the inaugural supporters of the Sustainable Alliance, working alongside other pioneers of responsible and sustainable investment. As interest and engagement grows around sustainable investment, it is vital that the dialogue and actions are led by those who can speak with authenticity and credibility.

“EdenTree has held that position in the market for over three decades and recognises its role in maintaining the integrity of this area of our industry and in delivering performance with principles.”

SI will, says Incisive, provide exclusive research, analysis, and expert perspectives all year round, culminating in the annual Sustainable Investment Festival (SIF), which attracted an audience of more than 1000 professionals to four days of online studio-based presentations, interviews and debates in June 2021. In 2022, SIF will be staged ‘in person’ at The Brewery, London, on June 22-23, supported by a digital service on SI and its sister platforms.

SI will also be integrated into Incisive Media’s existing ecosystem of professional sites, which already provide daily coverage of sustainable investing. These include Investment Week, Professional Adviser, Professional Pensions, International Investment and BusinessGreen.

Registered users of SI will get relevant highlights of this daily coverage, while the site’s top stories will be distributed on its sister platforms.

According to the publishers, SI’s mission is to cut through the hype and the greenwashing. It will serve as a community catalyst, helping the leaders of the ‘responsible investment’ movement – SI’s users – to drive structural change, develop the professional skills of their teams, and engage with the key debates shaping the future of sustainable investing.

SI will be produced by a team of journalists and researchers headed by editor Beth Brearley, former news editor and acting editor of Investment Week.

They will be supported and guided by a panel of sustainable investment specialists drawn from across the asset management industry and associated fields, who will share their perspectives on the platform.

Panellist Amanda Sillars, fund manager and ESG director, Jupiter Asset Management, commented: “I am delighted to join this new digital platform providing high-quality information and opinions from a broad range of industry voices, who together can influence the future and raise the profile of the debate. I look forward to collaborating with peers through Sustainable Investment to highlight and increase the positive impact of sustainable investing, benefitting our investors, our communities and our planet.”

Editor Beth Brearley said: “The platform is designed to be an open environment for sharing insights, debating opinions, and collaborating. We want professionals to come away from reading our stories, watching our videos, or attending our events feeling inspired and saying ‘I hadn’t thought of that aspect. What does that mean for me? How can I apply that to my thinking?’.”

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