On 24 May 2017, the Rathbone Greenbank Investments team in Liverpool hosted a one-day conference at Rathbone Hall entitled “Rethinking Social Investment”.
The hidden costs of sugar.
How can we manage the risks to our health and wealth?
This year’s Investor Day was a great success, held again at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London.
Our keynote speaker, Professor Graham MacGregor who is chairman of Action on Sugar and also a professor of cardiovascular medicine, championed the reduction of salt and sugar in our food.
Claire Hughes, head of nutrition and science at Marks & Spencer, explained how a customer-focused strategy helping consumers balance their dietary needs is driving the company’s ambition to become the leading retailer for healthy eating.
Fiona Watson, an independent nutrition consultant, observed how obesity has overtaken undernutrition as a global impediment to human wellbeing and highlighted the considerable protections and subsidies that exist to incentivise large-scale sugar production.
Kate Elliot, a senior ethical researcher at Rathbone Greenbank Investments, discussed how the team tracks widely-diverse nutritional trends and assesses risks and opportunities presented by regulation, consumer habits and sugar usage and consumption.
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.