The Earth Convention - Energy and Finance

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For the second event in the Earth Convention series from 5x15 and Rathbones we look at creating a green transition in energy and finance.

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Responsible investing at Rathbone Investment Management. We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy.

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.

In addition, Jonathon is President of Population Matters, President of The Conservation Volunteers and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90), co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83), of which he is still a member, a Trustee of World Wildlife Fund UK (1991-2005) and between 2000-2009 he was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.

Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012 and he received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Matt Crossman

Matt Crossman is the stewardship director for Rathbones. Overseeing the work of the stewardship and responsible investment committees, he ensures active voting at company AGMs and is the group lead on the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process. He also leads thematic engagement with companies on ESG issues, especially that undertaken via the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol where he studied law, with a particular interest in the administration of environmental law and has post-graduate qualifications in sustainable development theory and practice. He is a trustee of LoveBristol, an urban regeneration charity and served on the board of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility between 2007 and 2012.

Farhana Yamin

Farhana Yamin is an internationally recognised environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert, CEO of Track 0 and Coordinator of Camden Think & Do. She has advised leaders and countries for 30 years. In addition to founding Track 0, she is an associate fellow at Chatham House and FRSA.

She was an Advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) for the 2015 Paris Agreement and played a key role in building the High Ambition Coalition, led by RMI’s Minister Tony de Brum. She is widely credited with getting the goal of net-zero emissions by mid-century into the Paris Agreement.

Farhana is a co-author of This is Not a Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook. Alongside publishing numerous books and articles on the climate change laws & the nexus of climate change and development. Farhana is the lead author for three assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on adaptation and mitigation issues and sits on numerous boards and commissions.

Farhana also played a crucial role in the 2019 Extinction Rebellion protests, glueing herself to the Shell offices in London, alongside other activists. She is also the Co-ordinator of one of Camden’s most recent initiatives, Think & Do which is a collaborative hub for climate and social action.

Mike Berners-Lee

Mike Berners-Lee is a professor of sustainability at Lancaster University and the founder of Small World Consulting, a world leader in supply chain carbon metrics and management that has worked with organisations of all sizes, from the world's largest tech giants to supermarkets to micro businesses. Mike makes regular speaking, TV and radio appearances to promote awareness of sustainability and climate change issues. He is also the author of The Burning Question and There Is No Planet B. His latest book is a fully updated version of How Bad Are Bananas.