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  • June 27, 2018
    Full cycle: investing for a circular economy
    Emma Berntman
    A flood of recent media coverage has highlighted how society’s addiction to plastics is pushing the environment to the limit. But behind the demonisation of plastic itself lies the need for a paradigm shift in the way we produce and consume goods – one in which we can participate as investors as well as consumers. Despite the recent media focus on plastic as an environmental issue, its popularity as a raw material continues to rise. Half of the total amount of synthetic plastic resins and fibres ever manufactured have been produced in the past 13 years[footnote]1“Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made,” by by Geyer, R; Janbeck, J R, Law, K L. Published in Science Advances, July 2017.1“Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made,” by by Geyer, R; Janbeck, J R, Law, K L. Published in Science Advances, July 2017.[/footnote], and experts estimate that production will increase by a further 40% over the next decade; according to the American Chemistry Council, $186bn has been invested in new plastics manufacturing facilities in the US alone since 2010[footnote]“180bn-investment-in-plastic-factories-feeds-global-packaging-binge,” by Matthew Taylor. Published in The Guardian on 26 December 2017
  • January 8, 2018
    GlaxoSmithKline
    Bruce Duguid
    GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a global healthcare business, with pharmaceutical, vaccines and consumer healthcare divisions. It employs over 100,000 employees and had a combined turnover of £27.9 billion (€31.8 billion/$37.7 billion) in 2016.
  • June 29, 2017
    China Mobile
    Christine Chow
    China Mobile is a majority state-owned telecommunications company that provides mobile voice and related services in Mainland China and Hong Kong. It is the world’s largest mobile operator by network scale and customer base. Given the ownership structure, our engagement has focused on improving the transparency of the board and ensuring that the views of minority shareholder rights are taken into consideration, especially on issues such as capital efficiency, director nominations and board composition.