"I try to ask fantastic questions, to make sure I know – really know – what someone means, rather than applying my own assumptions. Asking those questions helps me, but it also helps the other person to clarify their thinking."
At a glance:
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Environment, social and governance (ESG), and sustainability
For as long as she can remember, Emily’s been led by a compass pointing towards purpose. As a child, that meant hand-writing letters to world leaders. As an adult, it means bringing her passion for sustainability and decades of experience in finance to bear on one of the most urgent questions facing her clients: how do I build sustainability and social responsibility into my business?
It’s a question she’s helped some of the world’s largest banks, asset management companies and insurance firms to answer.
Part of Emily’s skill lies in her love of what she calls ‘detective work’. That means being curious enough to ask unexpected questions, the kind that make clients step back and see their issues in a whole new light.
Behind Emily’s work lies a simple clear-sighted conviction: that the financial services sector has the power to bring about a fairer society and healthier environment, if it invests in those things. Not content to sit back and wait for that to happen, Emily’s studying for a Master’s in Sustainability and Leadership at Cambridge. For her, it’s as much about developing her own brand of curious, ego-free leadership as it is about sharpening her expertise.
Known by her colleagues as a whirlwind of action and efficiency, Emily finds time to complete a ‘miracle morning’ routine of yoga, meditation and mental prep, and get her two children ready for the world each day before sitting down to work, often before the sun is up.
Insights from Emily Farrimond
Growing pains: maintaining credibility in the sustainability-linked loan market
Sustainability linked loans continue to play an outsize role in achieving net zero goals. Our third annual review shows borrowers are lagging in developing transition plans.Read more
Why corporate kindness makes good business sense
Traditional economics assumes the world has unlimited resources, but we live on a planet with fixed boundaries. There’s a growing awareness – undoubtedly accelerated by the climate crisis – of the negative externalities associated with economic activity, including waste, pollution, low wages, and unemployment.Read more
Why businesses need a data-driven decarbonisation strategy
The corporate decarbonisation strategy framework.Read more
How can financial services recognise and help with societal financial trade-offs?
Finance day at COP27 uncovered many interesting themes and discussions.Read more
Using capital markets to drive sustainable outcomes
Emily Farrimond is joined by Simon Abrams, Baringa, and Ian Simm, CEO and founder of IMPAX Asset Management.Read more
Transparency in sustainable finance: it's more than a tick box exercise
In this episode, we speak to ESG and climate experts to understand the role of sustainable finance in driving positive change.Read more
Avoid greenwashing by creating transparency
Achieving transparency on ESG involves a change in how financial institutions have been operating.Read more
Permission to Transition: Enabling a ‘just’ and society led transition
In this episode, we speak to climate and ESG experts to understand the barriers and enablers of the transition to net zero.Read more