Matt Crossman, engagement manager at Rathbone Greenbank Investments, discusses our responsibility to actively engage with companies on high profile issues and sustain ethical and social values throughout a clients’ investment.
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.
Developments in battery technology are driving the penetration of electric vehicles and adoption of alternative energy.
At the Responsible Investor awards, held in London on 6 June 2017, the Collaborations award in the inaugural Innovation & Industry Leadership category was given to the ‘Aiming for A’ initiative.
Along with CCLA, the Church Commissioners, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum and Hermes EOS, Rathbone Greenbank is proud to have played its part in this effort to engage the extractives industry to focus on strategic resilience in an increasingly carbon-constrained world to 2035 and beyond.
It came as no great surprise when President Trump finally announced his expected decision to withdraw the US from the historic Paris Agreement on 1 June 2017.
Having promised to take this step as one of the pillars of his presidential campaign on the basis that the Agreement unfairly penalised American competitiveness and jobs, Trump was always going to be bound to this commitment or risk appearing politically weak – even if it’s possible that withdrawal might not be completed before the next presidential election in November 2019.
There was no escaping the wide and varied interest in the company’s long-term viability in a low-carbon world.
Last year, for the first time ever in the UK, solar power generated more electricity than coal over the course of a month. In tandem, major advances in battery technology are delivering unprecedented energy-storage capabilities. Are we on the verge of a truly “disruptive” breakthrough? And, if so, who are the winners and losers likely to be?
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.
Electric vehicles (EVs) have existed since the 19th century, but have been most prevalent in niche applications such as mobility scooters and forklifts.