This year Earth Day Network, the organization behind Earth Day worldwide, shines a spotlight on Plastic Pollution. It aims to increase global awareness of the risks surrounding the use and disposal of plastics, not just to human health, but also to oceans, marine food chains and wildlife. In particular, it calls for the elimination of single-use plastics, together with global regulation for the disposal of plastics and seeks to promote alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials.
The support for movements such as Earth Day, with their focus on key environmental issues, is reflected in the changing attitudes towards Sustainable Investing (SI). We believe that SI is at an inflection point. It has moved from a niche investment strategy to a new standard for investment management, enabled by the increased availability of material, non-financial data commonly referred to under the umbrella of ESG, or environmental, social and governance criteria.