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Forest next to land what has been deforested - Rathbone Greenbank

Deforestation: understanding the risks to investors

Forests are vitally important to world ecosystems and the global economy. Their preservation is central to the fight against climate change; they deliver a huge range of systemic services and generate significant economic value, underpinning the supply chains of thousands of companies worldwide.

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Landfill full of plastic - Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Closing the loop on plastic waste

In 2017, US researchers1 estimated that 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste has been generated globally since the 1950s, of which almost 80% has accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. Significant volumes of this waste enter marine environments, much of it fragmented into microplastic particles that are difficult to retrieve and can be ingested by fish, birds and other marine life. Combined with the potential for larger pieces of plastic waste to entangle animals, the risks for marine ecosystems are clear.

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Casino board with chips on it - Rathbone Investment Management

Casinos on the high street

When people first consider investing ethically, they commonly think in terms of avoiding so-called 'sin stocks'. While armaments, pornography, alcohol and tobacco are among the more traditional of these, a sharp rise in revenues generated from gambling in the UK has alerted investors to the risks of a rapidly-expanding gaming industry.

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Rathbone Greenbank Review Spring 2018

The past few months have been significant for Rathbone Greenbank Investments as our funds under management passed the £1 billion mark for the first time in September 2017.

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Portfolio carbon footprinting and assessing climate risk

Rathbone Greenbank reaffirms its commitment to the Montréal Carbon Pledge by publishing an updated carbon footprint of the equity holdings within all the investment portfolios it manages. We believe it is important to understand and be transparent about the climate impacts associated with investment portfolios, so that risks and opportunities can be identified and managed appropriately.

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A picture of different sugary foods - Rathbone Investment Management

Healthy argument

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.

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Plight of the humble bee

Global warming means spring is arriving sooner. As winter draws in that may sound attractive, but it means plants are flowering earlier than usual. If they become out of sync with nature’s pollinators, the consequences for the global economy could be serious.

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