Ethical investors can win £1000 in a new essay competition launched by Stephen Canning

The ESG Investing Essay Competition announced this week will encourage professional investors to think about the future of ethical, social and governance led investing with a £1000 monthly prize.

Financial advisers, asset allocators, or any individuals passionate about promoting ethical investing can participate in the ESG Investing Essay Competition by drafting an essay of between 800 and 1500 words and submitting it to by midday on the 15th December 2020.

A panel which includes the former Lord Commissioner The Treasury, Brooks Newmark, and Lead Non-exec director at the Foreign Office, Helena Morrissey, will judge the entries and announce a winner after the 15th December 2020 with more judges announced over the coming month.

Stephen Canning, who founded the competition and was the former Vice-Chair of the £6billion Essex Pension Fund, said: “The lack of awareness, forward thinking and promotion of ethical investing is incredibly frustrating. Despite the market for such investments, ESG still remains largely ill defined and misunderstood. Ensuring ethical investing is properly defined will be beneficial to the growth of our returns, and our world.”

Helena Morrissey, British Financier and campaigner, said: “I would like to see more firms embracing sustainable and responsible investing and that is the direction the market is heading, this competition will help push that forward.”

Brooks Newmark, Former Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, said: “The importance of ethical investing to the future of the financial industry, and indeed our world, shouldn’t be underestimated, but too often it’s hard to see the wood from the trees. It’s my hope this competition can bring clarity, and inspire confidence, in the ESG space for investors and allocators alike”

The competition can be found at and can be followed on Twitter @ESGInvestors


For more information contact Stephen Canning on 07395 274 348 or

The ESG Investing Essay Competition is supported by Mountbatten Consulting, a public affairs company that helps businesses navigate the political landscape.

The competition will close at midday on 15th December 2020.

The judges of the competition are:

Stephen Canning, Strategic Adviser, Mountbatten

Brooks Newmark, Former Lord Commissioner of the Treasury

Helena Morrissey, Lead NED Foreign Office, Founder 30% Club and Chair of Diversity Project

Nick King, Former Special Advisor to Chancellor Sajid Javid & currently Research

Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies

Matthew Vickers MP, Member of Parliament for Stockton South

Natalie Kenway, Editor, ESG Clarity

Allie Renison, Head of Trade and EU Policy, Institute of Directors

Claire Walsh, Head of Advice Strategy, Schroders Personal Wealth

Chris Worrall, Acquisitions Manager, Guild Living

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