This week, those with entomophobia may rejoice but the Biological Conservation reports the destruction of ecosystems with 40% of insect species facing extinction and over 1/3 in danger, declining at a rate of 2.5% annually. Whilst Putin faces a prospective polar bear invasion, Russia reviews the ratification of the Paris Agreement signifying a crucial step in the right direction? Elsewhere a $1 billion investment in 10 years’ worth of green bonds by US telecommunications giant Verizon could be at the crux of catalysing the socially responsible investing movement in Trump’s territories.
If you’ve overhauled your fast fashion habit, adopted a flexitarian diet, avoided single use plastics like the plague, have you ever considered how your pensions are being invested to reflect your values? If you are actively trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle and avidly opposed to the oil, weapons or mining industries or an active campaigner for renewable energy and preserving natural resources, do you really want your prospective pension savings being invested into a portfolio that injects assets to the very causes you are fighting against? Cue, Socially Responsible Investing. This instalment of S & S Decoded seeks to unravel the concept of SRI as a long-term investment strategy to assess businesses and institutions that combine financial analysis with other criteria including environmental, social and good governance (ESG) factors. It will examine the various ¬screening processes, the metrics of ESG analysis and the factors that have fuelled the growth in the trajectory of the market. Through the provision of concrete examples, we can trace how the largest institutional investors and pension funds are engaging with SRI strategies to mitigate environmental, social and governance risks to create long term intangible value and financial returns for all stakeholders.
S & S News: The Week in Highlights shares a collection of current articles, reports and stories that are newsworthy in the realm of sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news. February commences with cautionary statements from the UN that warns we must preserve and manage at least 30% of the…
100% regenerated and 100% regenerable infinitely, ECONYL® is emblematic of the endless possibilities for the prosperity of people and the planet through waste regeneration. Some see trash, other see treasure and ECONYL® has pioneered in closed loop regeneration processes to transform the abundance of nylon waste that resides in landfills and oceans worldwide into sustainable textiles. From apparel and accessories to automobiles, upholstery and the most haute worthy soft furnishings, ECONYL® fashions fabrics and B2B projects for the likes of Stella McCartney, Brietling, H & M, Speedo and Adidas, to name but a few. Within this third edition of S & S Spotlight, we traverse the mission behind the material and its parent company Aquafil, delving into their circular processes, sustainability corporate initiatives as well as exploring ECONYL® reimagined in its endless forms.
Paradoxical plane behaviour proves to be a hot topic this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos as a record number of private jets land to ferry in the world’s business and political leaders for climate change discussions. Alongside Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old school strike activist, marked her place at the Summit demanding economists tackle the global warming crisis with urgency likened to if their house was on fire. Questions surrounding supply chain efficacy also hit the headlines as it is revealed the factory producing Comic Relief Spice Girls merchandise pays Bangladeshi factory staff 35p an hour. Meanwhile at home, Poundland faces penance for selling valentines ‘plastic nothing’ and the ‘Marie Kondo’ effect is causing a small-scale tsunami of donations to charity stores across Britain.
From Chelmsford to China and Kensington to Kuala Lumpur, this export expose seeks to shed light on what truly happens to the majority of our plastic recycling after it has left our humble abodes and the facilities of businesses. We know that our strengths in exports lie in machinery, vehicles, Royal Wedding memorabilia, Cadburys and Piers Morgan, however Britain has also developed a seismic routine dependence on exporting our plastic waste. What’s a PRN? How did the UK recycling system become corrupt, embroiled in scandal and a facilitator in trash mafias? What exactly is the Green Fence and National Sword Policy? Why does it matter that our recycling is dumped overseas? Does Michael Gove need to go to Specsavers? Pertinent questions that will all be addressed.
It’s been a week of parliamentary crisis with the worst commons defeat in history, votes of no confidence and questionable driving antics from the Duke of Edinburgh. On the sustainability frontier, scientific data officially endorses what is now to be known as ‘the planetary diet’, and it is revealed the UK is doubling the number of incinerators to burn waste instead of recycling. Meanwhile, the Guardian benchmarks best practice in publishing as it becomes the first national newspaper to embrace biodegradable wrapping.