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Impact Report, Q1 2019

Plastic is a versatile, ubiquitous material in today’s fast-moving economy. But it is also one (big) example of the challenges we face when trying to transition to a circular economy.

In our latest Quarterly Impact Report, we examine our exposure to the circular economy theme, with a deep-dive focus on plastics.  

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Impact Report, Q2 2018
The Hermes Impact Opportunities Fund is a high-conviction global equity strategy with a bold objective. It aims to generate long-term outperformance by investing in companies succeeding in their core purpose: to generate value by creating positive and sustainable change that addresses the underserved needs of society and the environment. In this way, it focuses on tomorrow’s leading companies, today. In our Q2 Impact Report, we explain how two portfolio holdings – a global logistics company and a European bank – are generating positive social and environmental changes that support the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We also introduce a new theme to help inform our stock selection: food security, which addresses the need to ensure productive farmlands for current and future generations.
Sensing the future: how Valeo drives intelligent mobility
The global market for automotive sensors is worth more than $26bn – and that figure is expected to jump to $43bn by 2021. In the second instalment of our three-part series on future mobility, we explore how intelligent vehicles can improve safety, increase efficiency and cut emissions. Modern cars are already getting smarter: they can detect and respond to hazardous situations, such as another vehicle slowing suddenly ahead or a pedestrian about to cross the road, by using sensor technology. Sensors are increasingly being used in vehicles as the automotive industry attempts to meet evolving efficiency standards and environmental regulations. Today, vehicles have an average of between 60-100 sensors on board – and recent industry figures suggest that this number is likely to grow to as much as 200, based on current trends. Sensor technology will therefore play an integral role in modernising transportation.