Europe, Middle East & Africa: Farewell to the 2010s

Author: Jimmie Franklin | Published: 5 Dec 2019

As we come to the end of the decade, we see a world where the global order has been turned upside down with the rise of populism, regulation and a growing awareness of climate change. Throughout 2019, financial services has been going wild for environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. As an MEP recently told IFLR: "I'm unsure of who is more radical – the banks or Greenpeace".

ESG momentum has dominated the headlines this autumn in Europe. French Member of European Parliament (MEP) Pascal Canfin, who heads up the Parliament's environmental committee, called for a climate emergency to be declared on the continent. Subsequently, MEPs approved a resolution that...