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    71 of the 100 most important food crops are pollinated by bees

  • In the week of World Bee Day we highlight that, of the 100 crop varieties providing 90% of the world's food, 71 are pollinated by bees according to the UN
  • But bees are struggling due to pests and diseases. In addition climate change causes habitat loss as well as a mismatch between when flowers produce pollen and when bees are ready to feed on it
  • 35% of the world’s crop production is dependent on animal pollinators, of which bees are one of the most important. If bees continue to struggle, that is likely to have direct impacts on human food supplies, leading to more shortages

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The UBS Sustainability and Impact Institute provides our best thinking on the world’s most important sustainability challenges. It convenes a diverse group of leading voices to explore these problems and propose potential solutions, and in so doing seeks to catalyze collective action and capital toward a more sustainable future. The Institute was established in 2021 to support UBS’s ambition to become a global leader in sustainability. It aspires to be the priority source for information and knowledge on macroeconomic trends that relate to sustainability and impact and to provide a platform for constructive discussion by engaging investors, regulators, academics, and businesses.

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Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research has covered welfare and development economics and the economics of technological change.

Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University and the founder of ATMOS Research, a group which provides state-of-theart analysis on climate-related data to enable non-profit organizations, cities, states, businesses, and federal agencies to build resilience and prepare for a changing climate. Katharine was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. She is a former CEO of Conexus Financial and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment, from 2013 – 2022. During Fiona’s time as CEO the organization’s membership grew to over 5,000 firms representing over USD140 trillion in assets under management.

Peter Bakker, President & CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Peter leads a community of over 200 sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the journey to net zero.

Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research has covered welfare and development economics and the economics of technological change.

Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University and the founder of ATMOS Research, a group which provides state-of-theart analysis on climate-related data to enable non-profit organizations, cities, states, businesses, and federal agencies to build resilience and prepare for a changing climate. Katharine was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. She is a former CEO of Conexus Financial and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment, from 2013 – 2022. During Fiona’s time as CEO the organization’s membership grew to over 5,000 firms representing over USD140 trillion in assets under management.

Peter Bakker, President & CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Peter leads a community of over 200 sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the journey to net zero.

Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research has covered welfare and development economics and the economics of technological change.

Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University and the founder of ATMOS Research, a group which provides state-of-theart analysis on climate-related data to enable non-profit organizations, cities, states, businesses, and federal agencies to build resilience and prepare for a changing climate. Katharine was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. She is a former CEO of Conexus Financial and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment, from 2013 – 2022. During Fiona’s time as CEO the organization’s membership grew to over 5,000 firms representing over USD140 trillion in assets under management.

Peter Bakker, President & CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Peter leads a community of over 200 sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the journey to net zero.

Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research has covered welfare and development economics and the economics of technological change.

Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University and the founder of ATMOS Research, a group which provides state-of-theart analysis on climate-related data to enable non-profit organizations, cities, states, businesses, and federal agencies to build resilience and prepare for a changing climate. Katharine was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. She is a former CEO of Conexus Financial and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment, from 2013 – 2022. During Fiona’s time as CEO the organization’s membership grew to over 5,000 firms representing over USD140 trillion in assets under management.

Peter Bakker, President & CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Peter leads a community of over 200 sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the journey to net zero.

Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research has covered welfare and development economics and the economics of technological change.

Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University and the founder of ATMOS Research, a group which provides state-of-theart analysis on climate-related data to enable non-profit organizations, cities, states, businesses, and federal agencies to build resilience and prepare for a changing climate. Katharine was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. She is a former CEO of Conexus Financial and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment, from 2013 – 2022. During Fiona’s time as CEO the organization’s membership grew to over 5,000 firms representing over USD140 trillion in assets under management.

Peter Bakker, President & CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Peter leads a community of over 200 sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the journey to net zero.

Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research has covered welfare and development economics and the economics of technological change.

Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University and the founder of ATMOS Research, a group which provides state-of-theart analysis on climate-related data to enable non-profit organizations, cities, states, businesses, and federal agencies to build resilience and prepare for a changing climate. Katharine was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. She is a former CEO of Conexus Financial and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment, from 2013 – 2022. During Fiona’s time as CEO the organization’s membership grew to over 5,000 firms representing over USD140 trillion in assets under management.

Peter Bakker, President & CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Peter leads a community of over 200 sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the journey to net zero.