Images of contaminated ocean habitats and stricken marine life have shocked consumers. In response, a growing number of government and business initiatives are aiming to encourage a shift away from linear ‘take-make-dispose’ business models towards more circular examples of production and consumption. But what role can investors play in accelerating this change?
It’s estimated that over 40 million people are trapped in some form of slavery worldwide. Many of these will be men, women and children who have been trafficked or are trapped in forced labour across company supply chains.
Rathbone Greenbank’s 22nd annual Investor Day brought together over 140 guests to hear our expert speakers discuss the concept of the ‘circular economy’.
“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
Innovation in the design and manufacture of electronic products and devices has resulted in greatly expanded access and brought about benefits for society that were inconceivable only a few decades ago.
Packaging serves a range of purposes. When designed well, it protects goods across increasingly long supply chains and can extend the life of food and beverage products, helping to minimise wastage, while also offering protection against contamination.
Fast fashion describes the increasingly rapid movement of designer-inspired clothing from the catwalk to the mainstream consumer at affordable prices.
The circular economy
Changing the patterns of production and consumption.
Monty Halls is a broadcaster, explorer and president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. His recent documentary, My Family and the Galapagos, explored conservation efforts on the islands and highlighted the lead in environmental stewardship taken by the next generation of islanders. As an ambassador for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Monty presented its London Lecture in November 2018, after which he spoke to Rathbone Greenbank about the rewilding approach to conservation and the urgent need to preserve our environment.