There’s been much talk of big corporates speaking with forked tongues about their green credentials. The oil giants are obvious suspects, and this confirms the suspicions of many about banks with multinational fingers in many pies. Were they ever really going to put saving the planet in 30 years time over profits now, their share price and the next dividend? Any more than most governments can really think beyond the next election. “There’s always some nut job telling me about the end of the world…who cares if Miami is six meters underwater in 100 years”, said HSBC’s (probably soon to be former) Head of Responsible Investing. Hmm.
In my view, the ‘for some’ is the key. For many years, financial advisers were indeed tarred with the hard-sell brush, from the days when, to earn a crust, we had to persuade potential clients to sign up for something they needed but didn’t want.