Nick Robins

Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

Nick Robins is co-director of the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, a two-year initiative to advance financial policy options that more effectively mobilize capital for an inclusive, green economy. Nick Robins has over 20 years’ experience in the policy, research and financial dimensions of sustainable development. Before joining UNEP, he was Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London from 2007 to 2014, where he produced investment research on issues such as clean tech growth, climate vulnerability, green stimulus and stranded assets. In the Thomson Extel awards for European investment research, Nick was ranked as #1 analyst for integrated climate change in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Prior to HSBC, Nick was first head of SRI research and then head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors. At Henderson, he published the first ever carbon audit of an investment fund and co-designed the Industries of the Future fund. Nick has also worked for the International Institute of Environment and Development, the European Commission’s Environment Directorate and was part of the original Business Council for Sustainable Development working on the Changing Course book for the 1992 Earth Summit.

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  • Aug 02 2016
    Blog Post Harnessing the World’s $100 Trillion Bond Markets Towards a More Sustainable Financial System Investors of all kinds are increasingly looking at environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to better inform their financial assessments of risk and opportunity. Financial implications of ESG factors abound. Water stress has been linked to the closure of major business assets from mines in Chile to soft-drink bottling plants in northern India. The European […] Archie Beeching, Nick Robins