Our Green Finance Essay Competition 2020 has now closed for applicants.

We look forward to announcing our winner in the coming weeks! 

Safe stewardship (of customers’ money) has been a fundamental principle of the Chartered Banker Institute since it was established in 1875.  Today, we consider stewardship in its broadest sense – beyond finance to encompass the safe stewardship of our environment and resources.

The transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy is possibly the greatest global challenge for this and future generations, with green finance and green finance professionals playing critical roles. In our new essay competition we ask what finance professionals can do to influence and change consumer behaviour.


To enter the competition, we asked applicants to answer the following question:

“How can finance professionals actively encourage changes in consumer behaviour to achieve society’s goals on climate change?”

The essay should refer to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Your answer to the question should be no more than 1,500 words. Entries should be submitted in Word format via the application form below, along with a short biography about your career and interest in Green Finance, by Friday 31st July 2020.


The competition is open to anyone in the UK or international and you don’t need to be a member of the Chartered Banker Institute to enter. There are also no age restrictions on entrance to this competition.


The winner of the Green Finance Essay Prize will receive a trophy and £100 of ethical gift vouchers. This will be presented at the Ethical Finance Summit 2020, in Edinburgh. The winner will also have their essay included in our Social Market Foundation (SMF) “Pathway to COP26 – the Role of Green Finance” Essay Series, which will include essays from high profile individuals from across the financial services world. This will be published in the run up to COP26.

Click here to view our 2019 selection of essays on green finance and impact investing.


The winner will be chosen by an illustrious panel of judges, including Simon Thompson, CEO, Chartered Banker Institute.