World Oceans Day: It’s time to take action

However, following centuries of treating the oceans as an inexhaustible resource, at least a third of fish stocks are depleted.1 Meanwhile microplastic pollution has become endemic, with potentially dangerous consequences for human health. In recognition of World Oceans Day last Saturday, in this article we explore the key threats to ocean health, the issues most […]

Meet the Manager: Jordan Patel

What is your role at Federated Hermes? I’m a Deputy Fund Manager on the Biodiversity Equity Strategy, and a Senior Investment Analyst on our Impact Opportunities Strategy. How did you get started in your career? After my undergrad at Oxford University and masters at UCL, I worked at Sanford Bernstein in equities research for nearly […]

Biodiversity Equity, Interim Report, 2023-4

Fast reading Philosophy and impact overview: Our portfolio is aligned with six major biodiversity themes and 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Special feature: Our biodiversity champions (and why they might not be the companies you expect). Case studies: We drill down into the team’s engagement with two key holdings: a data provider […]

Tipping point: UK Nature Strategy

UK companies and consumers have reached a tipping point when it comes to understanding the need to protect and enhance nature. The UK Nature team’s strategy provides exposure to projects and businesses that support natural capital and biodiversity in the UK. In doing so, the strategy aims to deliver high-integrity nature, climate and social impacts […]

Seeds of change: Engaging on deforestation

This fact is increasingly calling investors to action, as well as: Regulatory developments: Regulators are strengthening their demands for traceability, and companies run the risk of fines and reputational damage if they do not comply. Changing consumer preferences: Conscious consumption is on the rise, with consumers increasingly factoring sustainability into their purchasing decisions.1 Heightened visibility: […]

Impact Opportunities Equity, Q1 2024

Fast reading A thematic approach: Our exposure to the UN SDGs Why is financial inclusion so important? And what are we doing to address it? Case study: Bank Rakyat Case study: Experian Download Archive: Previous editions Please see previous editions of our Impact Opportunities reporting below: Impact Opportunities, Q4 2023 Impact Opportunities Annual Report 2022 […]

What defines a Biodiversity Champion?

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Which topics within Biodiversity do you prioritise? In short, all of them! There are five major drivers of biodiversity loss; change in land and sea use, direct exploitation of organisms, invasive alien species, climate change and pollution. We have translated these into our six investment themes which contain numerous industry sub verticals from which we […]

Impact Opportunities Equity, Q4 2023

Specialist checks patient's blood sugar level

Fast reading Around 537 million people worldwide have diabetes1, while over 650 million are obese2 – and numbers are rising rapidly. With both conditions linked to a wide range of other serious medical issues, countering these two silent killers is one of the key healthcare and social challenges of the 21st Diabetes is not a […]

A just transition

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2024 Outlook

Natural capital: the call of the wild

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2024 Outlook