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  • March 14, 2019
    All that glitters…
    Christine Chow
    Just over one year on from the launch of Climate Action 100+ at the One Planet Summit in Paris, what have investors achieved?
  • February 6, 2019
    Wells Fargo
    Tim Goodman
    Wells Fargo & Company announced regulatory and legal settlements in 2016 relating to its retail banking sales practices, which harmed customers.
  • June 28, 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
  • June 7, 2018
    Compass Group
    Pauline Lecoursonnois
    Compass Group provides catering services to a wide range of institutions, including large companies, hospitals, schools, universities and sports arenas. It operates in more than 55,000 locations in over 50 countries and serves over five billion meals a year. Background : Several high-profile fraud incidents have struck the food sector in recent years. According to the Food Fraud Initiative MSU, food fraud costs the global food industry $40 billion each year.
  • May 31, 2018
    Workforce reporting – The missing piece
    Claire Gavini
    It is often stated that employees are the greatest assets of companies, but this is hardly reflected in their reporting. Investors are now provided with substantial and often regulated information on governance matters. Greater awareness of climate change issues meanwhile has led to a necessary increase in environmental disclosures. Within the ESG acronym of environmental, social and governance matters, the S remains the least developed area in reporting, the missing piece.
  • May 22, 2018
    The missing links in responsible supply chain management
    Claire Gavini
    We recently returned from the OECD’s 12th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in Paris. The forum gave its attendees an opportunity to engage with stakeholders from miners to smelters and refiners, local communities, NGOs, government organisations from Africa’s Great Lakes region, as well as global technology, consumer and automobile companies. We have come away with several lessons, namely that a) existing due diligence processes do not address human rights issues at mines