Earth Day brings together governments, companies and individuals from around the world to promote awareness of the environmental crisis and innovative solutions to it.
This year’s theme focuses on creating a global economy that brings back the health of our planet, protects our species, and provides opportunities for all.
The environmental crisis
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.
Climate-related risks, which are coming through more rapidly than previously thought, exert yet more pressure. Arctic summer sea ice, for instance, could disappear as early as 2035.1 The world is quite literally at tipping point.
Unless we act immediately and radically to reverse the situation, we will destroy our natural capital and be unable to sustain current economic growth rates and the prosperity levels that developed countries enjoy, let alone extend them to developing nations.
What we’re doing to help
At BNP Paribas Asset Management, we want to use our investments as a force for good. This means we:
- Integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across our strategies
- Practice stewardship through shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy activities
- Apply responsible business conduct policies and product-based exclusions
- Focus on key sustainability issues including energy, equality and the environment
- Promote awareness about the role finance can play in achieving a more sustainable world
Specifically, in 2021, we engaged more than 500 times with 296 companies, with 35% of our discussions being on environmental issues. For example, we urged these companies to take action to reduce their impacts on biodiversity and freshwater, and to put more information in the public domain about their environmental impacts and their efforts to reduce them. We also signed a statement calling for a new UN Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution and worked with other institutional investors to develop a new global investor initiative to halt nature loss.
How you can help
By allocating capital towards sustainable strategies or those that seek to effect change, investors can target attractive financial returns while making a positive contribution to the environment, society or both.
1 Nature Climate Change, Sea-ice-free Arctic during the last interglacial supports fast future loss, 2020
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