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ESG knowledge shared: January 2021

Keep up to date with responsible investing through our monthly roundup of highlights – interesting events, articles we’re reading, podcasts we’re enjoying and more.
January 2021

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Promoting health & safety in global supply chains

Workers’ occupational health and safety is fundamental to resilient supply chains – an important principle reemphasised during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. At the Electronics Watch 2020 summit, Nina Roth from our Responsible Investment team discussed how sustainable investors and public buyers can promote health & safety in global supply chains, sharing our Covid-19 research and engagement findings.

Stopping the suicidal war against our planet

In a recent speech titled State of the Planet, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warned humanity to be waging a suicidal war against the natural world. He continued to declare the UN’s central objective for 2021 to be building a truly global coalition for carbon neutrality. So what exactly does the UN require nations to do?

Can the UK’s financial system deliver the net zero target?

The UN may be setting ambition targets for carbon neutrality…but can the UK’s financial system deliver its ambitious net zero target? This is precisely what the road to Net-Zero Finance report assesses. The report comprises independent advice of a panel of experts from world-leading financial institutions to the Climate Change Committee to accompany its Sixth Carbon Budget.

The future of ESG is…Accounting?

Sustainability has certainly become a central concern in the investment industry, but a major sticking point remains: there are still no universal standards for companies to measure and report on their sustainability performance. But this could be set to improve, thanks to developments taking place in the accounting community.

Water futures enter Wall Street

We all know it’s not just stocks traded on Wall Street – in December, water futures entered the market. Yes, that’s right – future water availability in California can now be traded, highlighting growing concerns of water scarcity.

Canada sets its price for CO2

In terms of positive climate-related news, Canada has set out its climate change plan, which involves pricing carbon at $170 per ton of CO2 by 2030. This is excellent news – but what exactly does it mean?

Is the global banking sector going green?

200 banks worldwide now signed up to the Principles for Responsible Banking. That’s across 6 continents and 58 countries, encompassing 1.7bn customers and US$54trn in assets – more than 40% of the total global banking sector. The six principles require banks to analyse their impact on people and the planet, as well as set targets to improve their impact and publicly report on their progress.

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