(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Alongside climate change, the state of the world’s oceans and the life it harbors is one of the major environmental challenges of the Anthropocene. Overfishing caused by industrial, aggressive practices has run fisheries down across the globe while pollution and acidification has created dead zones where life cannot thrive.
FROM THE EDITOR
Responsible Investment Adds “Social Bonds” to Ethical Finance Products Glossary
Add this term to your socially responsible investing vocabulary: “social bonds.” These are financial products aimed at addressing social issues such as access to education, crime, homelessness, and helping underserved communities and disadvantaged children. This market is small—just $3.5 billion of social bonds were issued in Q2 of this year—but the market is booming, according to the Financial Times. Data provider Dealogic reports that this was more than double the previous record, and the best quarter on record. FT states that the trend is “part of a wider shift by bond investors to follow in the footsteps of longstanding efforts to push for ethical investing.” For issuers, the ROI is clear: reaching new investors. Watch for standards to be settled (how to measure effectiveness?), then for this market to really take off.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — If you’ve ever flown across an ocean and looked out the window from 39,000 feet, it’s easy to think about how incredibly vast this planet is, and wonder how one species among thousands could possibly change the meteorological course of something this big. Then, you think about how there is almost no place remotely close to civilization that you can’t get to in two days or less, thanks almost entirely to fossil fuels. Then you think of the hundreds, if not thousands of other airplanes in the air at this same moment, and the millions of cars and trucks on the roads every single moment as they have been for a century or more....
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – It perhaps comes as no surprise that India continues to rank third lowest in the proportion of business leadership roles held by women for the third consecutive year, according to a global survey, Women in business: New perspectives on risk and reward by Grant Thornton.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions. Firms with weak ESG commitments started getting excluded from fund investment portfolios. The asset managers eventually began handpicking companies with a strong focus on ESG factors and socially responsible and ethical approaches.
(3BL/JustMeans) The wood products industry is a leader in the use of renewable energy. Almost two-thirds of the industry’s total energy is from renewable energy, on average. Most pulp and paper mills use the co-generation of steam and power, and many of them sell electricity or renewable energy credits. Energy happens to be Sappi North America’s third largest expense related to pape making, so reducing energy and using more renewables helps the planet and the bottom line.
(3Bl Media/Justmeans) — Why would a car company like General Motors help pollinators? The answer is simple. Along with other companies, the iconic car maker is participating in the Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project, an initiative of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and Pollinator Partnership.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The central aim of the Paris climate agreement is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement also aims to boost the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.