If the 2010 years were about increased coverage on global issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and social inequality then the 2020 years will be marked by the way that the investment industry responds to these defining issues.
During 2019 a groundswell of change gathered momentum. As individuals we were very accustomed to seeing and hearing climate-change protests on mainstream news outlets; from Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum and the United Nations to the actions of Extinction Rebellion on the streets of every major city in the world.
Institutions, too, have been subject to similar scrutiny as evidenced by the protests from students at November 2019’s Harvard vs Yale football match, calling for the college’s endowment funds to divest from its fossil fuel holdings.
Social pressure thrusting from ‘bottom-up’ is making the call for change deafening and unavoidable. It’s now explicit that the investment industry must show conscious and courageous leadership when it comes to rewriting the course of history. Those that do will be rewarded with the greatest financial returns and the largest positive environmental and social impact.
Ethical Compass, founded by Ben Holden and Jon Maguire, exists to help asset owners and asset managers seize this moment.
It’s our fundamental belief that impact investment is the most effective way to change the world’s future for the better. After all, the best way to influence business and consumer behaviour is to influence the capital that underpins it. That’s why our entire business is dedicated exclusively to impact investment. Work with us and you’ll find out that we’re purposeful, passionate, and entirely authentic about this exciting sector.
The real change will come ‘top-down’ and we see our role as a catalyst to advise, support, and guide asset owners and asset managers to get more money into impact investment. Our work calls for us to be bold, enthusiastic, and, at times, radically honest. This may ruffle a few feathers along the way, however, we make no apologies about this approach as time is running out to transform our future and protect this place we all call home.
We must “wake up” and act now.
Impact Advisory Network
Ethical Compass operates an Impact Advisory Network, which provides clients with access to a diverse range of experts located around the world. Using the unique skillsets and considerable experience of our Associates, we create bespoke teams tailored exactly to the requirements of each client project.
We pride ourselves on our flexibility, and our ability to scale up resource as necessary for each client. This results in a reduced global corporate footprint through minimising travel and physical office space, whilst still providing the capacity to work across the three major timezones of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Some of our Associates are listed below and are categorised into Advisory and Communications, which aligns with our business service offering.