Convening Stakeholders

Hub

Our hub is located in Edinburgh Business School and provides first class office facilities.

We invite organisations active in the ethical finance to use our facilities on a formal or informal basis. As well as office space the hub provides a platform for ethical finance stakeholders to convene to share experiences and exchange ideas.

A One-Stop-Shop for Ethical Finance

Whether you are looking for a small, permanent office / desk space, a touch down location for hot-desking, a room to a host a meeting or somewhere to have a catch up with the latest development in ethical finance over a coffee we would love to hear from you.

Our vision is to create a dynamic and lively hub that brings ethical finance stakeholders together to initiate conversations, spark dialogue and foster mutually beneficial opportunities.

Who is the Hub for?

• Commercial financial services businesses with an existing presence in Edinburgh

• Financial services focused third sector organisations with an existing presence in Edinburgh

• Organisations active in Scottish financial services sector but based outside of Edinburgh

• New entrants to Scottish financial services market

Our Tenants

Events

The EFH team has extensive experience in planning and delivering events such as round tables, seminars and conferences. Using our extensive network we are able to secure leading industry speakers and attract practitioners across the ethical finance spectrum. As well as organising our own events we also work in partnership to support external events.

Ethical investment is the pursuit of shareholder value

The Centre for Finance and Investment (CFI) and Ethical Finance Hub, invited financial practioners, students and members to join us for the CFI Debate on 9th February 2017 at Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus.

The last 20 years has seen the emergence of approaches to investment which have appropriated the term ‘ethical’, including investment to achieve environmental objectives, screening for conformity with environment, social and governance requirements, and faith-based approaches, especially Islamic finance. The topic for this debate provocatively dismissed this appropriation of ethics, claiming that the pursuit of shareholder value is the only guide that professional investors require.

Our speakers for the evening were:

FOR THE MOTION

  • Professor Robin Angus, Executive Director, Personal Assets Trust and an Honorary Professor, Heriot-Watt University.
  • Bill Dinning, Non-Executive Director, Medical Defence Union.

AGAINST THE MOTION

  • Professor Iqbal Asaria CBE, Islamic finance consultant and academic.
  • Tomas Carruthers, Chief Executive Officer, Social Stock Exchange.

A summary of the debate can be found HERE with further coverage included in the Time to take an Ethical Approach to Investments article published in The Scotsman newspaper on the 17th February 2017.