Every year since 1970, the world has celebrated Earth Day on the 22nd April. This year is no different, with governments, companies and people coming together to show their support for the protection of the environment. 50 years since its inception however, its significance could be greater than ever.
Human society and the global economy are inextricably linked to water, land, biodiversity, forests and minerals. Once considered inexhaustible, these critical resources and ecosystems are now under severe pressure from current rates of consumption, because of both population and unsustainable economic growth and business models. Climate-related risks, which are coming through more rapidly than previously thought, exert further pressure on the systems we rely on. The loss of summer polar sea-ice, for instance, is almost certainly irreversible now. The world is quite literally at a tipping point.
Unless we act immediately and radically to reverse the situation, not only will we destroy our natural capital, but we will be unable to sustain current economic growth rates and the prosperity levels that the populations in developed countries enjoy, let alone extend them to developing nations.
WHAT WE’RE DOING TO HELP
At BNP Paribas Asset Management, our focus is on delivering long-term sustainable investment returns.
To do so, we:
- Integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across all our funds
- Practice stewardship through shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy activities
- Apply responsible business conduct policies and product-based exclusions
- Take a forward-looking approach, focused on key sustainability issues: the energy transition, the environment and inclusive growth
- Promote awareness about the role finance can play in achieving a more sustainable world
HOW YOU CAN HELP
By allocating capital towards sustainable strategies or those that target change, investors can target attractive financial returns while making a positive contribution to the environment, society or both.
|Capture opportunities in the fast-growing global resource efficiency and environmental markets.||Benefit from the low-carbon energy transition by investing in companies dedicated to finding solutions that address climate change.|
CALLING FOR A BOOST TO CLIMATE ACTION
WHY WE ARE FUTURE MAKERS, NOT TAKERS
HOW WE’RE TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE
|We look at the history of Earth Day and why action on climate change is crucial.||We’re actively shaping a more sustainable future through our behaviours and investments.||We discuss the four tools we’re using to address climate change risk.|
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