Our Chief Investment Office (CIO), which is responsible for researching market trends, sees seven sustainability challenges for investors to consider:
- Does the company have a climate change policy? Does it source renewable energy and use ‘green’ buildings?
- Do they have robust environmental management systems and relevant environmental certifications?
- How high is employee turnover?
- How much water does the company actually use, measured by a standard metric such as water intensity?
- Are supply chains well managed (e.g., with sustainable sourcing policies, fair trade certifications, social welfare and wellbeing programs for suppliers)?
- Is there evidence of oversight committees for audit, board effectiveness, and environmental, social and governance issues?
- What are their human rights policies and community development programs, and are they a signatory to any industry-specific initiatives to promote sustainability?
Developing good habits starts with thinking about how to be a better inhabitant. And, whether within a company, institution or your own life, sustainable practices are the only way to protect the habitat we have.