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Keep it in the ground: Why this is a matter of basic ethics - our response to the guardian

As part of its ‘Keep it in the ground’ campaign – aimed at persuading the world’s two biggest charitable funds (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust) to divest from fossil fuels – the Guardian recently published an article by financial journalist Felix Salmon as to why charitable trusts might be able to offer good short-term reasons for not following this particular course of action.

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Parliamentary debate on modern slavery

On Wednesday 11 March, Rathbone Greenbank Investments and key partners hosted a parliamentary debate to provide further impetus for the Modern Slavery Bill as it enters its final phases.

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Farm animal welfare - an ongoing investment issue

The welfare of farm animals has long been a concern for ethical investors. Rathbone Greenbank has sought to implement clients’ concerns on the ethical treatment of animals ever since it started offering an ethical investment service. However, in recent years, it has been gaining momentum as an investment issue in its own right.

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Engagement update: Responsible tax

Taxation is a matter of social justice – paying a ‘fair’ share; it is also one of risk, linked to reputational damage, the impact of changing regulation and uncertainty around future profits.

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Engaging on climate change

There is now almost unanimous scientific consensus that human activity has been the dominant cause of climate change since the 1950s. A growing body of evidence links activities such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels to the impacts of climate change including global warming, rising sea levels, increased incidence of extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity and reduced crop yields. In turn, these effects are expected to bring about societal pressures as populations migrate, wealth distribution is affected and the likelihood of conflict is increased.

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