Broadly speaking, the gig economy refers to working practices where individuals are paid to complete short-term contracts or single tasks, for example making deliveries, driving passengers, or providing copy-editing services. Individuals are paid per task, or ‘gig’, rather than receiving an hourly wage or fixed salary.
In general terms, a zero-hours contract is a form of employment where the employer is under no obligation to offer work or a guarantee of minimum hours and the individual is under no obligation to accept any work offered.
Our 21st annual Investor Day on 6 June 2018 will explore what constitutes ‘good work’ and the role that companies, policymakers and investors can play in helping to deliver it.
Wednesday 6 June, 9.30am-2.30pm
Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL
Find out more about Investor Day 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.