Lombard Odier and the University of Oxford have launched a multi-year partnership to foster research and teaching on sustainable finance. There will be a particular focus on climate change, circular economy, and nature.

The partnership will be a unique platform for knowledge exchange between scholarship and financial services.

Furthermore, a goal is to utilise the potential of the financial sector to drive environmental, social, and economic transformation.

The five year partnership includes five elements:

  • Lombard Odier and Oxford University will create the first endowed senior academic post in sustainable finance at any major global research university;
  • Dr Ben Caldecott has been appointed the first holder of the post. He will also become the Lombard Odier Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow of Sustainable Finance at the University of Oxford;
  • Lombard Odier will work with university scholars;
  • Oxford will establish a programme to help train Lombard Odier investment professionals, and
  • Both institutions will host a joint annual research forum.

Hubert Keller, managing partner at Lombard Odier, said: “There are unprecedented investment opportunities associated with the global sustainability transition – towards a Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean Economy. We call this the ‘CLIC Economy’ and as a firm, we are at the very forefront of identifying and capturing these opportunities.”

“Sustainability has always been at the heart of Lombard Odier’s approach to its business and investment philosophy and we are consistently investing in these capabilities. Through their unique and leading capabilities in sustainable finance, we are excited to be working with the University of Oxford with the objective to increase the impact of sustainable investments.”

Professor Dame Sarah Whatmore FBA, head of the social sciences division, University of Oxford, added: “This timely partnership with Lombard Odier will help to ensure the University of Oxford can scale its pioneering multidisciplinary research on sustainable finance. Our researchers have significant analytical insights to bring to bear on this profoundly important set of issues and this unique collaboration will enhance their ability to do so over the long-term.”