This is the art of doing more with less, and doing it cleanly and sustainably. Examples of resource inefficiency are distressingly common. Only 50% of the edible food we produce is ever actually eaten. In the UK, trucks on average carry only a 27% load factor, meaning a remarkable 73% of haulage capacity is wasted. Despite being the most abundant compound on the planet, one in nine people do not have access to clean, safe water.
Corporations can and must be at the forefront of driving a more efficient use of energy, water and other vital materials, whether at the stage of extraction, transport or consumption. In our Responsible Global Equity Strategy, we are invested in some of the world’s most innovative companies whose products and services are driving resource efficiency. An outstanding example is Xylem, whose mission statement is simply “to solve water”. Xylem helps companies acquire, move, treat and test water efficiently, minimising losses. Driving resource efficiency not only brings about a more sustainable planet; it can also make businesses less wasteful and more profitable.