ESG Story of the Year

On behalf of Laurence Fletcher and Tommy Stubbington, The Financial Times, Claer Barrett collects the trophy from Ed Grattan Senior PR and Communications Manager at Triodos Bank UK and awards host Kerry Godliman

Winner: ESG investing: funds weigh sovereign debt profits against human rights by Laurence Fletcher and Tommy Stubbington, Financial Times

A new category at the Awards this year recognising coverage of ESG and sustainable finance issues. Following the online scoring of an excellent group of entries, two stories stood out in particular. In the end the judges agreed that congratulations should go to Laurence Fletcher and Tommy Stubbington.

“Excellent journalism and great to see this entry with a focus on human rights in a shortlist dominated by the 'e' and climate,“ one judge commented. The story “raises important issues about investing in bonds issued by repressive regimes”, added another.

Highly Commended: Saving for the future by Danielle Richardson, Which? Money

Because the decision was such a close-run affair the judges thought it only fitting to recognise Danielle Richardson’s story assessing the sustainability of popular UK savings accounts.

“I found this a really useful article for ordinary savers. Getting Gatehouse Bank to change the name of its account was a good outcome and the whole article had an effect on making providers examine their own practices.”


Banks lobby to water down their commitment to net zero targets, Josephine Moulds, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Can you really go green and NOT pay fund fees that cost you the earth?, Rachel Rickard Straus, The Mail on Sunday

ESG investing: funds weigh sovereign debt profits against human rights, Laurence Fletcher and Tommy Stubbington, Financial Times

Saving for the future, Danielle Richardson, Which? Money

(Still) more funds run by Daves than Women, Holly Mead, The Sun

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