Business leaders have already begun transforming operations in response to the climate crisis and COVID-19 is not slowing down their efforts
Asset manager KBI Global Investors is one of the companies taking part in the newly launched ‘50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders’ campaign. The digital initiative sees business leaders from industries including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, financial services, telecommunications and petrochemicals addressing crucial issues of sustainability, and covers projects that were well underway before, and have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
With businesses aligned to the UN’s 17 Sustainability Goals (‘SDGs’), the campaign sees participating companies sharing ideas on ways of achieving greater sustainability using solutions which leverage the latest technology and thought leadership to maximise profit. Launched on Bloomberg, with a documentary film about each participating company’s response to the challenge of climate change, the campaign forms a positive take on a news segment which all too often focuses on problems rather than solutions.
The Earth’s resources are finite and with demand growing, and a forecast two billion increase in the global population by 2050, businesses everywhere need to adopt a sustainable approach to using them. The 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders campaign shows us how companies in different sectors are responding to global emissions and pollution today.
“The businesses involved in the campaign are masters at putting plans into action, forming meaningful collaborations and finding a place for sustainability at the heart of their companies. We are sharing stories from companies which are at the cutting edge of technology and established firms achieving their traditional products and services in new ways. Industrial specialists are finding logistical efficiencies that chip away at our carbon debt, while consultants and financiers ensure that businesses receive the knowledge and investment they need to see through their shift towards greater sustainability.”Paolo Emilio Zanini, CEO at TBD Media Group
The campaign, scheduled to be launched at a New York Summit event this month and postponed to early 2021 in light of the pandemic, features Aktia Asset Management; Amann Group; Archroma; Bombyx; Carmignac; Corticeira Amorim; Engel Austria GmbH; Ericsson; Groupe Rocher; Heidelberg Cement; Hero Group; John Deere; KBI Global Investors; MANN+HUMMEL; Mirabaud, Novartis; Prysmian Group; REHAU Group; VZ AG; SSI SCHÄFER; Statkraft; Suntory Holdings Limited; TIER and Wilo Group.
KBI Global Investors boasts a long-standing commitment to Responsible Investing, dating back to the early 1980s. The Dublin-based firm is a member of and/or signatory to the Carbon Disclosure Project and Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and part of a network of investors which support and promote the long-term benefits of sustainable investment.
“We are delighted to be associated with this important initiative. It is wholly aligned with everything we are about here at KBI Global Investors. We are investing capital, on behalf of our clients, in companies whose core businesses are delivering solutions to address, mitigate and adapt to climate change. We firmly believe investment can and will make a positive difference to the planet, and the way we live and work today and into the future.”Geoff Blake, Global Head of Business Development at KBIGI