As part of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative international leaders in ethical finance will be convening in Edinburgh at Ethical Finance 2018 taking place on 22nd – 23rd October 2018. The conference will be delivered in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Scottish Government and RBS.

Ethical Finance 2018 will explore themes including regaining trust in financial institutions, measuring impact, aligning capital to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the $7trn demand for ethical investment products from faith and philanthropy groups.

The conference forms part of a wider ethical finance week that includes a series of events, organised and supported by Baillie Gifford, Church of Scotland, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Ethical Finance Hub and the Financial Innovation Lab, that will take place in Edinburgh between the 22nd – 25th October 2018.

Please see below for details:


ETHICAL FINANCE 2018* – 9am – 5pm, 22nd – 23rd October 2018

Hosted by RBS at the Gogarburn Conference Centre, Edinburgh and delivered by UKIFC in partnership with Scottish Government, UNDP and Responsible Investor

*includes an evening reception at Edinburgh Castle (6.30pm – 8.30pm, 22nd October 2018)



Hosted by Church of Scotland at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh in partnership with UKIFC.

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UNDP ROUND TABLE: ROLE OF BLENDED FINANCE FOR THE SDGs – 1.45pm – 4pm, 24th October 2018

Hosted by Ben Macpherson MSP at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh and delivered by UKIFC in  partnership with UNDP and Baillie Gifford.

Further information

Ethical Finance Round Table Overview



Hosted by the Finance Innovation Lab at Foundation Scotland, Edinburgh.

Further information


SUSTAINABLE FINANCE DISCUSSION – 6pm – 8pm, 25th October 2018

Hosted by ICAS at CA House, Edinburgh in partnership with Ethical Finance Hub.

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Over the past 8 years, along with our partners, the UKIFC has pioneered and developed a number of ethical finance initiatives in Edinburgh. Moving forward, these activities are being consolidated under one neutral umbrella – Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) – which aims to create a compelling proposition that positions Scotland as the “Davos” of ethical finance.

We believe Scotland is well positioned to become a global leader in ethical finance by facilitating dialogue and enabling innovative businesses, initiatives and thinking. To do so we welcome your participation and support so please come along to the Ethical Finance Week events and feel free to share with colleagues and associates.

If you wish to discuss the new Global Ethical Finance Initiative or any of the events in more detail please contact or call Chris Tait on +44(0) 7931 103573.