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ESG Working Group

The Payments Association’s ESG Working Group brings together thought-leaders on ESG from across our payments community to bring together helpful resources allowing the whole industry to better understand, and act on, the business imperative for having an Environmental, Social and Governance strategy.

Our Working Group hopes to be a meaningful stepping-stone and accelerator to enable ESG to become business as usual for all members of The Payments Association and beyond.

What is a working group?

The Payments Association’s working groups are comprised of industry experts from across the payments chain, who share the mission of driving industry change to shape the future payments landscape and improve the industry on behalf of members of the association. Being a member of a working group is a fantastic opportunity to grow your network and gain valuable industry insights. All working group members are representatives of organisations with The Payments Association membership.

Each working group consists of a Core Committee and Supporter Members. Both levels of members have the opportunity to be featured in The Payments Association’s publications and content, and attend industry events, including some in parliament.
  • Committee members are engaged and active participants who commit to using their expertise to make regular contributions to outputs and monthly meetings. They are expected to commit 1-2 hours per month towards the working group.

  • Supporter members form the majority of our working group membership and attend one meeting per quarter. They receive exclusive insights from the leading experts in the industry and can actively contribute to The Payments Association content and Working Group events.

Why should I join a working group?

Being a member of one of The Payments Association’s working groups comes with a host of benefits:

  • You will get exclusive access to meetings with industry experts.
  • The opportunity to build your network with the leading figures from across the payments industry.
  • Invites to exclusive events from The Payments Association, like the Working Group AGM at the annual PAY360 conference.
  • The opportunity to actively help deliver the Working Group outputs.


In addition, committee members will receive:

  • An invitation to an annual in-person meeting and lunch.
  • The opportunity to feature your headshot and company logo on selected outputs and our website.
  • The opportunity to contribute and network in our monthly meetings.

Strategy and approach

Our mission

“The ESG Working Group aims to drive meaningful change across the payments industry to improve the environmental, social, and governance aspects of payments. It is a collaborative effort that aims to nurture innovation and environmental responsibility, ensuring sustainability and ethical practices become core to our industry’s future. We aim to develop the tools that help organisations adopt ESG in an educated, low-cost and impactful way.”

Charlie Bronks, Head of ESG at Crown Agents Bank, and Imran Ali, Payments Consulting Director at KPMG, Working Group Leads

Team members

Anyalemma Igwe

Compliance Analyst

Charles Radclyffe

Ethics Grade
TPA Ambassador

Charlie Bronks

Crown Agents Bank
ESG Working Group Lead; Head of ESG

Christopher Bowsher

Senior Business Architecht

Hazel Gillings

Trust Payments
Sustainability & EDI Manager

Imran Ali

ESG Working Group Lead; Payments Consulting Director
James Turner

James Turner

Travers Smith
Knowledge Counsel | Financial Services and Markets

Jeff Banks

Karine Headshot

Karine Martinez

Head of Sales

Marten Moller

ESG Lead

Sendi Young

ESG Working Group Mentor; Managing Director EMEA

Members involved

ESG Toolkit

The group developed an ESG Toolkit whose goal is to provide a living and breathing library of helpful resources that support companies in adopting sustainable and progressive strategies.

The toolkit brings together articles, podcasts, videos, reports and whitepapers published by The Payments Association in collaboration with the ESG Working Group.

It also features curated third party resources from trusted sources geared at helping payments businesses on thier ESG journey.


The Payments Association ESG Working Group is currently researching the development of an industry standard framework for measuring the carbon impact of payments transactions.

The vision for a standard framework is driven by the fact that organisations in the Payments space are increasingly concerned with measuring and managing their carbon footprint. While several, mostly large, organisations have already carried out in-house research, SMEs, potentially lacking resource, may have the desire but not the means.

The ESG Working Group believes that it is in the industry’s interest to have a ratified set of guidelines which could facilitate consistency, promote collaboration, and drive sustainable innovation.

The ESG Working Group is constantly striving to contribute towards creating materials that promote ESG within the industry. These resources are intended to help you introduce and implement your ESG strategy, with insights from The Payments Association member companies. Together, we can make a difference.

In our latest episode,Join Tony Craddock as he sits down with Steve Round, chair of the Ecology Building Society and co-founder of SaaScada, who delves into how integrating ESG factors can redefine the financial services industry. He discusses the unique challenges and opportunities facing legacy banks and fintechs in making genuinely inclusive financial products that cater to all income levels. 

Previously, editor Jyoti Rambhai spoke to Charlie Bronks, head of sustainability at Crown Agents Bank and Marten Möller, ESG Manager at Algbra – both recently b-corp certified – about their journeys to become b-corps and why this is important in the payments space.

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