Is there ever an argument for tobacco? Can a cigarette-maker avoid doing harm? If a smoke-free world is possible, what role, if any, should be played by big tobacco?
A tipping point consists of a reinforcing feedback loop within a system, the moment at which a given activity reaches a critical mass and becomes self-propelling.
Can investment strategies achieve real world environmental and social outcomes? Are private corporations the right vehicles for achieving social aims?
Where does the reality of sustainable investment end, and where does the hyperbole begin?
Desiree Fixler, is a tough, no-nonsense New York investment banker. She sprang into the headlines when she blew the whistle on what she saw as exaggerated ESG claims.
We all use air. In various ways, we all use the oceans and the great rainforests. But we don’t use them equally and we don’t all pay for what we use. The idea of universal ownership seeks to integrate investment objectives with the real costs of an industrial economy.
Any sustainable future is going to involve some kind of partnership between the public and the private sectors. Neither side is a simple or monolithic entity and both sides have their places – but where should the line fall? What belongs to the state, and what belongs to private enterprise?
ESG – fact or fiction? Is it actually possible to secure good long-term investment returns through making the world a better place? Has ESG lost its connection to investment?
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