Policy Influencing

UKSIF has a long track record of successfully influencing government policy, giving a strong voice to our members to push forward the need for a sustainable future delivered in a way that works for our industry, positions the UK as the world leader, and creates opportunities for innovation.

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Policy Successes

UKSIF’s recent policy successes include:

  • Mandatory climate risk disclosure being rolled out across the UK economy
  • Incorporation of the Paris Agreement and TCFD disclosure in the UK’s forthcoming pensions legislation
  • A recent commitment by the UK government to ‘green gilts’
  • A new UK Investment Bank to support a more resilient UK
  • Recognition of ESG and climate change as financially material issues for investors and particularly pension scheme trustees
  • A new registry for trustees’ Statement of Investment Principles to improve scrutiny of pension schemes’ investment policies on ESG
  • Developing the drafts that were adopted as the definition of stewardship in the UK’s new Stewardship Code
  • Ensuring our language on the need for the UK to ‘match the ambition’ of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan was adopted by government
  • Secured, with our Eurosif partners, increased flexibility in the EU Taxonomy

UKSIF continues to lobby government and regulators on priority topics including the EU and UK taxonomies, sustainability disclosure rules, net zero, green investment and a sustainable Covid recovery.

In April 2021, UKSIF marked its 30th anniversary through the publication of a new Policy Vision for UK leadership in sustainable finance. This publication, echoing the views of UKSIF’s membership, highlights the areas of change for government, regulators and the industry itself to drive forward a world-leading sustainable finance sector and achieve UKSIF’s bold mission.

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Policy Positions

We work with members to develop our policy positions to boost sustainable investment and finance, and are pro-active in our promotion of this vision.

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Responses and Representations

We champion the industry’s views in regular contributions and responses to key government, parliamentary and regulatory enquiries and consultations.

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Eurosif

UKSIF members benefit from UKSIF’s membership of Eurosif. This allows an ongoing voice in the development of EU sustainable finance regulations, and is a source of knowledge on the latest developments in Brussels.

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Global Sustainable Investment Alliance

UKSIF is a member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, cooperating with SIFs across the world to move forward our shared agenda and deepen the impact and visibility of sustainable investment at the global level.

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More of What We Do

Connecting the Community

By creating the space for networking and showcasing good practice across the sector, we bring together this broad community to highlight success and create connections, allowing our members to achieve more, build networks, generate great ideas and grow faster.

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Knowledge Sharing

A key membership benefit is access to UKSIF’s events programme, curated with the support of our Analyst Committee to inform members on the most pressing topics in sustainability and providing direct support on the latest developments and ways to approach new policies and regulations.

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