Jersey businesses and individuals have been recognised for their efforts in providing outstanding leadership, driving innovation and making an outstanding contribution to the sustainable finance landscape at Jersey’s first-ever Sustainable Finance Awards.
The winners of the Awards were announced on Friday 13 October at a ceremony held at the internationally renowned Jersey Zoo.
Attended by more than 100 delegates working across the sustainable finance space, the Awards were designed to showcase Jersey’s sustainable finance ecosystem, recognising those firms and individuals that are helping to drive market transformation and the deployment of financial flows in line with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.
Winners were picked for their strong sustainable finance credentials, as well as their commitment to embedding ESG values into their business activities and inspiring the finance sector as a whole to deliver positive impacts for both people and planet.
Firms made submissions for one of three categories: leadership in sustainable finance, for which entrants could apply according to the sector of the finance industry in which they operate; innovation in sustainable finance; and outstanding individual contribution.
The independent judging panel appointed by Jersey Finance comprised Andrew W. Mitchell, Founder and CEO at Equilibrium Futures and founding partner of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD); Amy Blackwell, Partner at Acorn Capital Advisors; and Simon Boas, Executive Director at Jersey Overseas Aid.
The winners were:
- Leadership in Sustainable Finance – Private Wealth: Accuro Trust (Jersey) Ltd
- Leadership in Sustainable Finance – Investment Management: Affinity Private Wealth Limited
- Leadership in Sustainable Finance – Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland International
- Leadership in Sustainable Finance – Professional Services: PwC Channel Islands
- Innovation in Sustainable Finance: Innovest Advisory
- Outstanding Individual Contribution: Russell Waite, Group Director, Affinity Private Wealth Limited
Commenting on the Awards, Joe Moynihan, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance said:
“We believe Jersey has a real responsibility to use its expertise and capital to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable global economy. These Awards serve to highlight the expertise and experience we have in Jersey to spearhead positive change and provide an opportunity to champion those organisations and individuals that are driving innovation in this critically important space.
“I am delighted so many firms entered our inaugural Sustainable Finance Awards and would like to thank all the firms who put themselves forward, I would particularly like to extend my congratulations to this year’s winners, who really are making an inspiring effort to support our journey for a better future.”
Commenting on the findings of the judges, Andrew W. Mitchell as chair of the Judging Panel said:
“There was much to celebrate in these nominations for the first Jersey Sustainable Finance Awards – from the growing evidence of the mainstreaming of ESG risk into prudent investment management and administration services, the development of new products and services that aim to capture the incredible opportunities that the expansion of sustainable finance presents, to examples of values and impact-driven transformation within financial services.
“Leaders within our industry are bringing innovative thinking and new skills into play that will help to keep Jersey at the forefront of international finance, as well as supporting the vital acceleration of financial flows into activities that underpin global ambitions for a just transition and a nature-positive economy.”