At Sycomore AM, we strive for continuous innovation. So does the FIR. Not only is it very active on Twitter (go check @FIR_FrenchSIF!) but it also organises friendly in-person meetings to discuss disruptive ideas and initiatives. The last breakfast meeting gathered professionals and academics from Marseilles to discuss the role of ethics in RI while the one before had us brainstorming around the great initiative of one of the members which consists in assessing all of its financial intermediaries on environmental, social and governance criteria. A first!
The added value of joining the FIR also lies in the fact that it takes clear and informed positions on legal and political developments at national and European levels. The recent work on Article 173-VI of the French law on energy transition is proof of that. If you have not done so yet, I really encourage you to have a look at the handbook published by the FIR a couple of months ago (get it here). Hopefully, political developments in France around ESG and climate change will not hold any secrets for you after that!
Last but not least, the FIR has remained true to its longstanding belief that education is key to shaping tomorrow’s investment leaders as demonstrated by its continued effort to run the FIR-PRI European Research Awards, which we have sponsored for the past five years. Of course, this initiative was made possible thanks to the support of dedicated individuals who for years have been reviewing, annotating and rewarding the best academic papers presented to them. Many thanks to all those involved! Sustainability and responsibility have more chance of becoming an integral part of investment decision-making in Europe thanks to you.
Now although I refer to the French SIF as “it”, there are obviously special individuals without whom the organisation would not be as resourceful. Those are Thierry, Grégoire, Minh, the members of the Board and of course all the active members of the organisation.