Financial News was shortlisted for Publication of the Year at the Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards on 4 November.
At a ceremony marking the event, FN was praised for doubling down on its ESG coverage, becoming a go-to name for the sector and how it is revolutionising the City.
We haven’t just paid lip service to the issues, but devoted significant resources to make sure we have led the agenda. Appointing a dedicated ESG correspondent for the very first time, we were able to break exclusive news ahead of our competition, as well as provide the in-depth analysis that is so valued by readers, demystifying some of the most complex topics in finance.
FN launched a weekly newsletter devoted to sustainability issues, bringing the best of our content within easy reach of readers alongside brand new insight and features.
As part of this drive, we have interviewed some of the biggest names in sustainability, including ex-BlackRock sustainable investing CIO Tariq Fancy and former DWS head of sustainability Desiree Fixler. We’ve bugged the chief executives of major banks like Standard Chartered and Bank of America for their thoughts too.
From Helena Morrissey and Mark Dampier to Martin Gilbert and the bosses of State Street and Ninety One, we have also invited some of most respected thought leaders in finance to take on sustainability issues in our pages.
Through extensive discussions with data providers, recruiters and more, we were able to report exclusive figures on exactly how the market is changing, leading to significantly deeper analysis than has been provided in many other publications.
All of this enabled us to give some of the most rounded views in the market when the very biggest stories in ESG broke. When HSBC’s Stuart Kirk was suspended over controversial comments he made on the sector, for example, we were able to marshal leading analysis and opinion to give our readers the most comprehensive understanding of the issues at play.
When former DWS group sustainability officer Fixler criticised her former employer’s ESG credentials, and when its offices were raided by German prosecutors, the City could also come to FN to understand exactly how and why it all happened.
To top the year off, we ran our first ever Fifty Most Influential in Sustainable Finance list, raising awareness of some of the figures with a real proven track record in the area, and people with the power to affect real change.
We hope these efforts have helped further the debate on sustainability among our readers, and hope we can do even more next year.
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