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How can the finance sector join the fight for our world?

Based on the success of Our Planet: Our Business and the Our Planet series, WWF and Silverback Films have teamed up again to create a new film for business – this time for the finance sector.  

This 40-minute film explores how the finance sector can join the fight for our world. Watch the teaser

Our Planet: Too Big To Fail shows the impact of investing-as-usual on the planet and uses the stunning Our Planet footage from the Netflix series, plus a series of thought-provoking interviews with some of the most influential names in the sector to show the role the finance sector can play in the transition to a sustainable future.  

Hear from climate champions Mark Carney and Tavaziva Madzinga, pioneers in sustainable finance Hiro Mizuno, Bevis Watts and Steve Waygood, leading figures in economics Sir Partha Dasgupta and Kate Raworth, and campaigners Richard Curtis and Catherine Howarth, amongst others on the threats to our global economy and the catastrophic risk to our financial systems if we choose to ignore these threats. 

Host a screening where you work

To help raise awareness of climate change and nature loss amongst your colleagues, think about hosting a virtual/hybrid or physical screening where you work. The film can be streamed over video conferencing software, then add a Q&A at the end to dig deeper on the issues.

To get ideas on how to structure your event and to see how other businesses have hosted events like this, take a look at our screenings microsite for guidance. To enquire about a WWF speaker for your event, please contact us: ourplanetourbusiness@wwf.org.uk

The 5 goals for the finance sector

The film highlights the importance of nature to our global economy and the catastrophic risks to our financial systems if we choose to ignore it. Like our previous film Our Planet: Our Business (2019), Our Planet: Too Big To Fail has five overarching goals that we ask the sector to focus on to help protect the planet.

Action 1: Understand and minimise your risks

Commit to reporting all your environment, social, governance (ESG) and climate risks (through the TCFD and support the creation of the TNFDs).

Action 2: Declare and halt your negative impact

Over the next decade we need to halve greenhouse gas emissions and align to the Paris targets, halt the destruction of nature, and invest in restoring the natural capital that drives our economies.

Action 3: Consider all stakeholders in decision-making

Align your investments with the values of savers so that the impact on people and planet is prioritised alongside financial returns.

Action 4: Seize new opportunities

Ensure all investments and lending have positive impact on people and planet.

Action 5: Help build the new system we need

Commit to working across sectors and with government to devise policies and frameworks that accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy.

Download the statistics mentioned in the film

What we want you to do after watching the film?

If you want to dig deeper on these issues and/or find out how you can apply the 5 universal goals within your institution, please get in touch with our Sustainable Finance team who can help. Contact us

Be part of our Champions Alliance

WWF is asking for the finance sector and policymakers to understand the urgency and to come together to tackle the threats the world faces in this coming decade. We are creating a Champions Alliance in the run up to COP 26, please contact us if you’d like to hear more about this.

Who is in the film?

Interviewees and contributors include:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Mark Carney (while in capacity as Governor, Bank of England)
  • Hiro Mizuno (while in capacity as Executive Managing Director and CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund Japan)
  • Richard Curtis (Co-founder, Make My Money Matter)
  • Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta (Head of HM Treasury’s Economics of Biodiversity Review)
  • David Blood (Co-founder of Generation Investment Management), Gillian Tett (Co-founder of FT Moral Money and Editor at Large in the Americas, Financial Times)
  • Kate Raworth (Economist and Author of Doughnut Economics)
  • Bevis Watts (CEO at Triodos Bank UK)
  • Tavaziva Madzinga (CEO of Swiss Re UK & Ireland)
  • Catherine Howarth (Chief Executive of ShareAction)
  • Jeremy Coller (CIO of Coller Capital and Founder of FAIRR)
  • Steve Waygood (Chief Responsible Investment Officer at Aviva Investors)
  • Raymond Dhirani (Head of Sustainable Finance, WWF-UK)
  • Elsa Palanza (Global Head of Sustainability & ESG at Barclays)
  • Galia Benartzi (Co-founder of Bancor)
  • Jessica Cheam (Founder and Managing Director Eco-Business)
  • Kongjiang Yu (Professor of Design at Peking University and Author of Sponge Cities)

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