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  • March 18, 2019
    Equities
    Hamish Galpin
    We worked with 52 companies on 195 engagement actions supporting the delivery of the SDGs
  • January 24, 2019
    Equities Outcomes
    Hamish Galpin
    Impact investing and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have gained more prominence in the investment industry. Both appeal to investors who are not only sustainability-minded but also performance-driven: they recognise that positive social and environmental outcomes and long-term investment rewards are compatible.
  • December 17, 2018
    Equities
    Hamish Galpin
    In December 2017, we launched SDG Engagement Equity, which aims to generate strong investment returns while creating positive impacts on society through engagements focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • December 17, 2018
    Equities
    Hamish Galpin
    In December 2017, we launched SDG Engagement Equity, which aims to generate strong investment returns while creating positive impacts on society through engagements focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • September 4, 2018
    Equities
    Hamish Galpin
    In recent years, the prices for natural rubber have fallen sharply amid slowing demand. These depressed prices mean that smallholder farmers are struggling to pay rubber tappers anything close to a living wage. Hamish Galpin, Head of Small & Mid Cap Equities at Hermes Investment Management, looks at Hermes’ SDG-driven engagement with Swedish manufacturer Trelleborg, to encourage the company to develop a sustainable natural-rubber sourcing policy to reduce deforestation and improve the incomes and working conditions of farmers at the bottom of the value chain. The natural-rubber industry has undergone rapid and fundamental changes in the last decade. In 2011, natural-rubber prices hit record highs as demand from China surged. This led to an unprecedented rush into the market by farmers, with many clearing forests with high conservation value to make way for rubber plantations. Today, almost 85% of natural rubber is produced by approximately 6 million smallholder farmers[1] and prices are depressed amid a supply glut. Smallholder farmers and companies are struggling to pay tappers a minimum wage, let alone a living wage. In addition, studies have revealed adverse working conditions and practices at rubber plantations, including inadequate safety standards, discrimination, long working hours and, in some cases, the use of child labour.