The FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for socially and environmentally responsible banking and investment, have marked their fifth year by generating 156 entries from 110 institutions in 44 countries.
The large number of entries shows the extent to which financial institutions in developed and emerging markets are incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance issues into their decision-making, amid the impact of the global financial crisis, the challenge of climate change, and the pressures of poverty.
The Financial Times today announced the appointment of John Authers as its global editor of Lex, the renowned business and financial column. Authers will take up his new role on 1st April 2010 and lead the team from New York until he relocates to London from 1st September 2010.
Authers is currently the FT’s investment editor and principal commentator on markets and investments. He writes the daily ‘Short View’ column with a related daily video on FT.com, the ‘Long View’ column, which appears every Saturday and which he will continue to write, and numerous columns for the FT’s special supplements.
Building on the success of the Financial Times’ inaugural corporate social responsibility (CSR) forum in 2009, the FT will hold its 2nd annual conference titled “FT Investing in a Sustainable Future.” The one-day meeting will take place on 24th March 2010 in the Millennium Hotel’s Hudson Theatre in New York.
For the second consecutive year, the conference will be held in partnership with the Social Investment Forum, a national membership association dedicated to advancing socially and environmentally responsible investing, and Justmeans, a social media website designed to nurture open debate on social and environmental innovations that benefit humanity.
The Financial Times has announced the launch of a new online syndication platform for publishers with FT syndication agreements. The new service, offering up to 20% more FT content than before, provides FT syndication customers with advanced features to help them find and make best use of FT journalism that is most relevant to their requirements.
The updated site incorporates the latest FT news articles from all five editions of the FT newspaper, FT Weekend, FT.com and over 200 special reports and supplements each year. New content is added daily and the articles available for syndication are clearly flagged for each customer, based on permitted rights agreed with the FT.