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Date updated: 17/05/2022

People and Purpose – Investing in a better tomorrow, is Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny’ s Mayoral Theme focusing on skills, social mobility and sustainable finance. 

Lord Mayor Keaveny will champion a purpose led and people focused UK FPS sector; growing the global competitiveness of the UK as a world leader in ESG and sustainable finance and home to the best and most diverse global talent; driving social mobility at all levels.

Investing in ESG and Sustainable Finance

Promote London and the UK as a leading centre for sustainable finance, capitalising on client, customer and consumer demand for purpose driven businesses to drive recovery and growth, leverage capital towards the UN SDGs and make this the Year of the S in ESG.

Investing in Future Skills and Social Mobility

Champion investment in new skills and diverse talent pools to meet the current and future skills for the FPS sector; supporting future generations and driving social mobility and diversity at all levels.

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People and Purpose – Investing in a better tomorrow

As we continue to work through the economic recovery from COVID-19, we need to put our people and our purpose at the heart of financial and professional services to rebuild a more sustainable and inclusive economy - investing in better. Capitalising on client, customer and consumer demand for purpose driven businesses, the 2020/2021 Mayoral Theme People & Purpose will drive positive impact across the whole ESG agenda – promoting London and the UK as a leading centre for sustainable finance and championing investment in future skills and social mobility to grow the global competitiveness of the UK.

As Lord Mayor I will lead a Conversation with the city leaders about what drives purpose led business which will culminate in hosting an Impact Investing Summit to leverage private finance across ESG and drive the convergence and development of meaningful measures, standards and reporting of social impact. Building on the COP26 Green Finance Legacy the Impact Investing Summit will encourage more capital to contribute towards the UN’s SDGs and make this the year of the S, the social impact, in ESG.

Championing investment in new skills and diverse talent pools I will work with the Financial Services Skills Commission to promote the future skills framework for sector and as Co-Chair of the Social-Economic Diversity Taskforce I will champion social mobility and diversity at all levels. To ensure ‘equity of progression’ across the UK FPS sector, where high performance is valued over ‘fit’ and ‘polish’, I will be launching a new membership body/peer network on socio-economic diversity for financial services employers.

By putting people and purpose at the heart of what we do, the City of London can drive positive impact across the financial and professional services sector and grow the global competitiveness of the UK as a world leader in sustainable finance and home to the best and most diverse global talent.

  1. Host a Global Impact Investing Summit to leverage private finance across ESG and impact investing – making this the Year of the S in ESG.
  2. Lead the City Corporation’s COP26 Green Finance Legacy Programme to advance the COP26 Private Finance Initiative and deliver more sustainable growth.
  3. Co-Chair a Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce & Launch a New Membership Body to boost action by employers on socio-economic diversity across the UK FPS.
  4. Co-Lead a Future Skills Programme with the Financial Services Skills Commission to grow the skills and talent of the future across the City of London.
  5. Lead a People and Purpose Conversation with business to inspire, support and drive a purpose led and people focused UK FPS sector.