Nick Robins

Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance

Nick joined the Grantham Research Institute in February 2018 as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. Nick is also Special Adviser on Sustainable Finance with UN Environment.

Background

From 2014 to 2018, Nick was co-director of UN Environment’s Inquiry into a Sustainable Finance System. As part of this, Nick led country activities in Brazil, the EU, India, Italy and the UK, as well as thematic work focused on investors, insurance and green banking.

Before joining UNEP, he was Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC. Prior to HSBC, Nick was head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) funds at Henderson Global Investors. Nick has also worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development, the European Commission and the Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Nick has a BA in History from Cambridge University and an MSc in International Relations from LSE.

2018

Policy publications  6 December, 2018

Climate change and the just transition - A guide for investor action

A ‘just transition’ for workers and communities as the world’s economy responds to climate change was included within the Paris Agreement. This guide sets out how investors can address the social dimension of climate change and pursue the goal of a just transition as part of their core operating practices. read more »

Policy publications  1 June, 2018

Investing in a just transition: Why investors need to integrate a social dimension into their climate strategies and how they could take action

This discussion paper explores why investors should contribute to the ‘just transition’ as the world’s economy decarbonises, and how they can do so. It is the first output of the … read more »

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Commentary  9 January, 2019

Sustainable finance in troubling times: five actions to prevent market turbulence turning into a crisis

Sustainable finance ended 2018 on a high. Never before has so much capital been committed to integrating environmental, social and governance factors. But financial markets also entered an unnerving cycle. If we are not careful, growing financial turbulence could divert attention away from the urgent need to scale up investment in climate action and sustainable development, writes Nick Robins. read more »

2018

Commentary  17 December, 2018

The just transition comes of age

Monday 3 December 2018 was the date when the ‘just transition’ emerged onto the global policy scene as a geopolitical priority. On the opening day of the COP24 UN Climate … read more »

Commentary  6 November, 2018

Financing the climate change triple jump: how to align capital with a 1.5°C world

The global financial system needs to undertake its own transition, to play its role in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Nick Robins identifies three ‘leaps’ for banks, capital markets, insurers and investors to take. read more »

Commentary  5 November, 2018

Where next for sustainable insurance? Five priorities for the next decade

This commentary reviews how both the insurance sector and its partners could build on the growing momentum and overcome the continuing barriers to deep implementation of sustainable insurance practices over the coming decade. read more »

Commentary  4 October, 2018

Financing the transition: how investors can help make climate action inclusive

Partners from the Investing in a Just Transition project explain the arguments for an equitable low-carbon transition and report on important progress that is being made. read more »

Commentary  24 September, 2018

Making finance climate-consistent: how could the UK implement Article 2.1.c of the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement does not just commit countries to cut emissions. All countries also need to put in place a policy framework for climate-consistent finance. Nick Robins argues that the UK could take a leadership position by setting out how this complex task could be achieved. read more »

Commentary  9 August, 2018

The just transition: the emerging agenda for Europe’s investors

2018 is turning out to be the year of the “just transition”. In December, the UN’s annual climate conference, COP24, will be held in Katowice in the heart of Silesia’s … read more »

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