Announcing the Global ESG Summit in partnership with UNCDF

ESG Clarity and Last Word Media/Bonhill titles are coming together to run a global event streaming across four time zones on 27 May 2021

Last Word Media and Bonhill are excited to present our inaugural Global ESG Summit, which will follow the sun across four time zones on 27 May 2021. ​

We are delighted to announce we are partnering with the United Nations on the event, with United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) executive secretary Preeti Sinha confirmed as keynote speaker.   

Each stream will be tailored to each region, bringing together ESG experts, fund managers, asset owners and data specialists to help educate and inform investors across Asia, the UK, Europe and the US.

​The programme has been designed to help our global audience of professional financial intermediaries, including fund selectors and fund buyers, to cut through the noise and gain tangible insights on how to integrate ESG processes and principles into their business models and investment solutions. ​  

​Through a combination of independent speakers, adviser views and panel discussions we hope to offer some ‘clarity’ in a complex ESG world to and fund selectors across ESG Clarity, Portfolio Adviser, Fund Selector Asia, Expert Investor, International Adviser and InvestmentNews.

Patrick Ponsford, managing director at Last Word Media, said: “This is the ESG event for investors across the globe. The team have worked extremely hard to coordinate timings, panels, discussion topics and speakers for each region and create an informative and educational virtual event for fund buyers and selectors.”  

“The United Nations Capital Development Fund is delighted to partner with Last Word Media and Bonhill on the inaugural Global ESG Summit in May,” said Esther Pan Sloane, head of partnerships, policy and communications at UNCDF.   

“Capital markets are playing an increasingly critical role in Sustainable Development Goal achievement, particularly for the goal of supporting promising projects in the least developed countries that have both development impact and financial viability. The consistent growth in ESG investing shows the demand for more information and options in this space.   

“With our objectives closely aligned, Last Word and the United Nations are partnering on a range of initiatives, starting with the Global ESG Summit.  We are pleased that UNCDF executive secretary Preeti Sinha will be delivering the keynote speech at the Global ESG Summit to frame the insightful panel discussions and presentations.”  

Earlier this year, Bonhill and Last Word Media reaffirmed their commitment to dedicated ESG content via its suite of publications, including ESG Clarity in Europe, US and Asia, by enhancing editorial resources, delivering events and sponsored content projects, through social media initiatives, bespoke research and interaction with our audience through a range of multi-media. The Global ESG Summit was borne from the creation of the specialist global ESG taskforce, led by Ponsford, and is part of an exciting programme of ESG solutions.   

For more details and to register click here.

If you are an investment manager and are interested in taking part in the event please contact


Natalie Kenway

Natalie is editor in chief at MA Financial covering ESG Clarity, Portfolio Adviser and International Adviser. She was previously global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist...