Nick Robbins


Nick Robbins is Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London. The goal of the Centre is to analyse the strategic implications of climate change for investors and the Group as a whole. After joining HSBC, Nick has co-authored research on carbon risks for coal miners (Coal and Carbon, June 2012), fixed income financing for environmental infrastructure (Bonds & climate change: state of the market, May 2012), long-term energy prospects (Energy in 2050, March 2011), the investment opportunities in low-carbon growth through to 2020 (Sizing the climate economy, September 2010), and the links between climate change and fiscal stimulus (Building a green recovery, May 2009). He manages a team in Bangalore, which has published pioneering research on the implications of resource constraints including, Sizing India’s climate economy (January 2011).

Beyond HSBC, Nick is a member of GE’s Corporate Citizenship Panel, as well as the Guardian newspaper’s Sustainable Business panel. He stepped down as co-chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative’s Climate Change Working Group in 2012. Nick has more than 20 year experience in the policy, business and investment implications of sustainable development and corporate responsibility.

Before joining HSBC, Nick was head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors, where he launched the world’s first carbon audit of an investment fund and co-designed the Industries of the Future investment strategy.

He has also worked for the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Business Council for Sustainable Development, the European Commission and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Nick has authored and edited a broad spectrum of books and reports, ranging from his 1990 volume Managing the Environment: the Greening of European Business (translated asL’imperatif ecologique, Calmann-Levy, 1992) through his 2006 history, The Corporation that Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational (2006) to his 2008 Sustainable Investing: the Art of Long-Term Performance (co-edited with Cary Krosinsky).