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Biodiversity proposals – a rare species

One indicator of the importance of a topic to investment managers is whether it features on the agenda at annual shareholder meetings. So where does biodiversity rank? How does it compare with the climate agenda? This blog shows that biodiversity is rarely discussed – although there are signs this will change.

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How much is your food worth?

Valuing the global food system is challenging. Planet Tracker has set out to do this by analysing 400,000 companies connected to food. We estimate the asset value of the system is c. USD 14 trillion, with revenues in the region of USD 15 to 19 trillion (equivalent to c. 20% of global GDP). This is how we did it.

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Greenhushing – sophisticated greenwashing?

Recently concerns have been raised that corporates are ‘greenhushing’, when organisations deliberately choose to hide their green or ESG credentials from public view. Is this an indication that civil society or investors have gone too far in their demands for sustainability metrics, leaving management teams cautious about declaring their progress on green or sustainability issues, or the next step in the evolvement of increasingly sophisticated greenwashing?

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UNEP: Undertaking Negotiations to Eliminate Plasticization

Next month, formal negotiations will start on a legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution. Although there appears to be little disagreement about the pervasiveness of plastic pollution, how to resolve this will prove problematic. Who should take responsibility for the present situation and how should this influence future responsibilities?

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Can Virtual Fashion Solve the Apparel Industry’s Dirty Problem?

Proponents of digital fashion suggest that it offers one potential answer to how to move the fashion industry to a more sustainable footing. This blog considers what digital fashion means and why we do not expect it to reduce the need for the industry to make significant structural changes if it is to move to a sustainable footing.

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Food System Decoupling?

Food supply chains are coming under heavy stress due to the conflict in Ukraine building on an already high inflation environment. This has pushed food security to the top of national agendas, alongside energy. This blog explores whether this will result in a food supply chain decoupling and a shift towards shorter supply chains and ‘friendly’ jurisdictions (‘friend-shoring’).

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