After almost two years of battling a global pandemic, one could be forgiven for thinking that we might emerge as a species united by an increased sense of the value of life. Wishful thinking.
Instead, one lunatic at the head of an exceptional long table in Russia decided to launch a “special military operation” – not a war, repeat, not a war – against Ukraine.
The carbon neutral program’s aim is to help catalyze the shift toward a carbon neutral economy and alignment with the Paris Agreement (limiting global warming to 1.5°C). By increasing awareness among capital allocators of funds that are actually carbon neutral, we can remove some of the noise around carbon neutrality, and other funds will be encouraged to follow suit. Credible decarbonisation of portfolios is a must.
In developed countries, people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, meaning that the quality of the built environment is essential to human health and wellbeing. Consider a few of these options to keep your home and workplace safe and healthy.
The investment world also has a few super massive corporations today. The similarities with these large stars are striking. To many observers, much like the massive stars, such companies look wonderfully positioned with strong growth rates. What’s bubbling beneath this glowing surface, however, is usually a precarious balance between rising risks at the core and growth at the surface that likely will be incrementally harder to come by.
In 2022, climate change has come to surpass corporate governance as the most pressing ESG issue commanding investors’ attention, and ESG investing truly has gone mainstream (and is attracting the regulatory attention to prove it). Yet there are new risks emerging for companies, investors and the planet in the coming decade that will test how well we have learned the lessons of the past.
We are failing on the sustainable development goals, maintaining a long run of failure when it comes to sustainability. But as Sartre said ‘there is no hope except in action’. Individually, we have to do the best we can to make a positive impact in the short time we are here. Yes, greenwashing is a problem, but there is also a lot of people working towards a better world, as hard as it might be.