Insight

Historic result at BP annual general meeting

On Thursday 16 April, a shareholder resolution on climate risk – co-filed with the help of many Rathbone Greenbank clients – received overwhelming support at BP’s AGM with 98% of all votes cast supporting the resolution at the recommendation of the group’s board of directors.

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Portfolio carbon footprinting

Climate change represents one of the greatest social, environmental and economic challenges that the world has ever faced. However, despite the very real dangers it presents, the international response to date has been slow and largely ineffective.

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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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