Insight

Engaging for change

The investor voice is a powerful means to influence and direct the ways in which companies are run. Taking an active approach to our share ownership of companies is part of the Greenbank service and complements our investment analysis. It is a vital expression of our role as stewards of our clients’ assets to advocate for lasting change with the companies in which we invest.

Our approach

Engagement forms a key part of Greenbank’s approach to responsible investment in the following ways:

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A spotlight on the low-carbon energy transition

The emissions gap

Each year, the United Nations Environment Programme reports the gap between where global greenhouse gas emissions are and where they should be to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. 

Each year, emissions rise. The most recent report “The Emissions Gap 2019” showed that for global warming to be kept to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2030, emissions must drop by 7.6% per year. Several countries, including the UK have set targets to be net-zero by 2050. 

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Climate-aligned investing

Climate change continues to be a core issue for Greenbank. COP261 will be hosted in the UK in 2021 and is set to be a landmark gathering. It will provide the first opportunity for countries' nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to be reviewed and strengthened since the Paris Agreement was reached at COP21 in 2015.

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Vision with values

We are delighted to present our Vision with Values.

We are proud of the pioneering role our team has played, not only in developing a leading ethical, sustainable and impact investment service but also in driving improvements in the management of environmental, social and governance risks through our company engagement.

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Rathbones' response to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Rathbones is continuing to deliver its full range of services, remaining focused on serving our clients and partners.

We are fully available to discuss the management of new or existing client portfolios, or any other matters, over the telephone or by email.

We have established a successful “remote working” model and the majority of Rathbones employees are now working from outside the office. Your investment manager or other usual Rathbones contact is available to you on their usual landline or mobile telephone number or email address, so please do feel free to get in touch.

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Covid-19: a lesson for investing in people and planet

Dealing with the economic and social aftermath of the crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic will present formidable challenges. But it will also offer opportunities to reassess how we have approached resolving some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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