An expert panel discussion on ESG standards & best practices for integration, engagement and exclusion as well as the supportive regulatory & global capital landscape held at the Sustainable Investing 2019: UK-India Partnership Forum on 7 November 2019 at the Guildhall, City of London. Presentations included the latest developments in green, social & ESG bond markets by the panelists -
Lord Jitesh Gadhia is a British Indian investment banker and businessman and has been a Member of the House of Lords since September 2016. Lord Gadhia was previously Senior Managing Director at Blackstone based in London and has over 25 years' investment banking experience, having also held senior positions at Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and Baring Brothers. He has advised on a wide range of high-profile M&A transactions across developed and emerging markets including some of the largest investment flows between UK and India.
Lord Gadhia opened the session and presentations making three observations echoing the sentiments made in the keynote session. Firstly, that Sustainable Investment is a secular megatrend that is here for good, reflected in the assets under management of ESG related funds, that the trend reflects a broader shift from shareholder to stakeholder primacy emphasising people, planet as well as profit. Finally, that the issue of measuring impact beyond profit is one of the main challenges facing the industry.
UK and Indian Leaders Commit to Work Together to Tackle Climate Change and Generate Green Growth
Gathering at the inaugural UK-India Sustainable Investing Forum on 7th November, British and Indian leaders agreed to form a new partnership for green growth. The landmark event brought together senior ministers and over 200 business representatives at London’s Guildhall, showcasing the strength of the partnership between India and Britain.
The event, convened by the India Professionals Forum, the City of London, the High Commission of India, and supported by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, saw British and Indian ministers, the City of London Mayor, and the Indian High Commissioner brought together for the first time with leaders in sustainable investment from the UK and India.
India is a country celebrated for its diversity and growth. India’s sheer size and rapid expansion provide both opportunity and challenge to deliver sustainable economic solutions. The UK is a world-renowned leader in sustainable financing with London pioneering the financial world in green bonds and viable solutions.
For India, the Forum created a bold opportunity for a rapidly emerging nation to increase the green investment it needs to achieve sustainable growth. For the UK, the forum – supported by the Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon – provided a means to deepen ties with friends and economic partners and to help address the global green agenda.
The first edition of techXchange successfully took place in September 2018 with a delegation of 21 mature startups from all across India was brought to participate in the programme for one week to the UK.
For the second edition of techXchange a cohort of 15 promising, eager & mature Startups of India will be visiting London between 16th – 20th September 2019. In this edition there is an added focus on connecting them with the appropriate counterparts in the UK, exposing them to the European market experts besides meeting investors and market access experts like last year.
As part of the programme this year, FICCI in collaboration with IPF are organising the following events:
The High Commission of India will be holding an interactive expert panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain technology and their application to governance.
At India House on Thursday, 26th September 2019 between 1700 - 1900 hrs.
AI & Blockchain Governance
To attend please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org