About Us

Amulet is inspired by the life and work of the late Tessa Tennant OBE, a sustainable finance pioneer.

Following its launch at a Lifetime Achievement event celebrating Tessa's career in 2018, the sculpture initiative became a project of CDP Worldwide. CDP is a registered charity (No. 1122330) and a company limited by guarantee, incorporated and registered in England and Wales (No. 05013650), with its registered office at Plantation Place South, 60 Great Tower Street, London EC3R 5AD.

Vision

At the core of Amulet's vision is a recognition of the interconnected, but the evolving exchange between the financial system, the real economy, and sustainable development.

Three clear priorities emerge from Amulet's form, a giant braid of golden grass:

  • Net Zero + Nature: Its circular shape expresses the imperative for finance to cause zero environmental harm. Banks and the financial sector must align their balance sheets with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets. Mobilising sufficient finance for biodiversity and ecosystem services must be critical goals for finance to make real

  • Holistic Impact:Amulet is a connected whole, communicating the vital need for finance to deliver holistic impact across economic, social and environmental dimensions

  • Serving Everyone: Everyone can make a braid of grass – and through its simplicity, Amulet sends a message that finance is not an elite activity, but serves everyone

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Concept image of proposed site at Christchurch Greyfriars Graveyard, City of London

Project Committee Members

The project is led by a committee of experts in sustainable finance, climate change and art, with specialist input from Modus Operandi, leading public art experts.

  • James Cameron, Chair of the Project, Chairman, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Senior Advisor, SYSTEMIQ
  • Ian Callaghan, Co-founder, Climate Finance Accelerator
  • Mark Campanale, Founder and Executive Director of Carbon Tracker
  • Rose Dempsey, Head of Communications, Serpentine Gallery
  • Paul Dickinson, Treasurer of the Project, Executive Chair of CDP
  • Liberty-Belle Howard, Head of Content Design, Smart Pension
  • Nick Robins, Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment
  • Ciara Shannon, Director, EdenWorks
  • Jeremy Smith, Partner of Norburn Partners, Trustee of CDP
  • Helen Wildsmith, CCLA, Stewardship Director, Climate Change

Thanks also go to Margherita Gagliardi, ErtaCreates Ltd and Chris Hurst.

Contact Us


If you are interested in hearing more about the project, we would be delighted to speak with you about the Amulet. Please email our committee member, Ciara Shannon: ciara@sustainablefinancesculpture.net.