Some experts believe sugar now poses as big a threat to public health as cigarettes. With obesity costing the NHS billions of pounds every year, can investors force food manufacturers to start being more responsible in their use of this bitter sweet ingredient? Rathbone Greenbank is playing its part in lobbying for change.
Overweight and obesity is on the rise in every country in the world. The topic of healthy and sustainable food has been an area of interest to the Greenbank team for many years. Here are some facts about weight, obesity and sugar being a major source of calories in our diets.
Rathbone Greenbank’s engagement programmes with food and beverage producers have always looked to understand and evaluate the effects of industry practice on health, social equality and the environment.
The hidden costs of sugar.
How can we manage the risks to our health and wealth?
The topic of healthy and sustainable food has been an area of interest to the Greenbank team for many years, but the problems caused by the increasing amounts of sugar in our diets have made it a more pressing concern.
The momentous political events of 2016 left many investors with an altered sense of what can and cannot be predicted. With Donald Trump now in place in the highest office of a global superpower and the UK’s Brexit negotiations imminent, this year’s elections in Europe may give a further indication of the extent to which the world is changing.
As part of this year’s Good Money Week, Rathbone Greenbank participated in a Make Your Money Count event in Edinburgh. Good Money Week is an annual campaign aimed at promoting awareness of the social, environmental and investment benefits of sustainable, responsible and ethical finance.
During a well-attended and informative debate at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, guest speakers explored a variety of ways in which we might consider directing our money towards more beneficial ends and using our collective financial muscle to turn good intentions into positive actions.
On 18 August 2016, the UK government published its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy. Succeeding the voluntary and largely unsuccessful Public Health Responsibility Deal of 2011, this new strategy calls for all food producers to aim for a 20% cut in sugar levels in products popular with children by 2020, as well as providing more detail on the proposed levy on sugar in soft drinks.