International Women’s Day – Why are we still debating inequality in 2016?

Today is International Women’s Day! Why are we still debating equality in 2016?
8/03/2016, Martina Macpherson

International Women’s Day has marked the challenges and achievements of women for more than 100 years – and we are now looking ahead another 15 years to the world’s gender equality goals.
Themed this year around “Planet 50-50 by 2030″, the United Nations-backed event will […]

March 18th, 2016|Categories: Trends & Themes||

Exploring Risks and Opportunities in Sustainable Investment Strategies

7/02/2016, Martina Macpherson

Sustainable investment definitions
(Socially) responsible (SRI), sustainable, ‘green’ or ethical investing all possess the same fundamental investment ‘values’: to achieve both a financial return and social good.
For long-term investors such as asset owners, the evidence increasingly shows merit in sustainable investment approaches practiced within the context of fiduciary duty.[1] These investors, and in particular […]

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Trends & Themes||

Social Impact Investing – ‘What Matters gets Measured’!

6/02/2016, Martina Macpherson
Social impact investments are those that intentionally target specific social objectives along with a financial return and a way to measure the achievement of both. It brings already significant advances in areas such as reducing prisoner reoffending, caring for children and the elderly, community regeneration, financial inclusion, and supported housing. However, its […]

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Trends & Themes||

Bee Welfare – More at Stake

1/02/2016, Martina Macpherson
Food producers, farmers and consumers have long considered insect pollination as one of nature’s many free services. But mounting evidence indicates that pollinator populations, essential for food production and farmers’ livelihoods, are declining worldwide. In Europe and North America, the number of honeybee colonies has plummeted and many wild bee colonies have been lost.
Decline in […]

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Trends & Themes||

10th of December – Human Rights Day

10/12/2015, Martina Macpherson
Today is Human Rights Day - held on 10 December every year to promote the rights and freedoms of people across the globe.
The annual event marks the adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of human rights – which includes 30 basic rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal […]

February 29th, 2016|Categories: Trends & Themes||

Tackling Modern Day Slavery

29/10/2015, Martina Macpherson
The 18th of this month marked Anti-Slavery Day for the fifth consecutive year in the UK. Anti-Slavery Day was created by Act of Parliament and instigated by theHuman Trafficking Foundation. However, there are still 21 million slaves in the world today, 7% of whom live in North America or the EU. The UK alone […]

February 29th, 2016|Categories: Trends & Themes||

Effective Human Capital Management

2/02/2016 -Martina Macpherson
Human capital is the knowledge, talents, skills, abilities, experience, intelligence, training, judgment, and wisdom possessed individually and collectively by individuals in society and in business. It’s the total capacity of people and represents a form of wealth which can be directed to accomplish the goals of a nation or a corporation.
Increasingly, the […]

February 29th, 2016|Categories: Trends & Themes||

Strategic Marketing Fundamentals

Martina Macpherson, Managing Partner, Sustainable Investment Partners

Strategic marketing focuses on how to develop competitive advantage through the drivers of shareholder value. Delivering value to business requires insight into the changing marketplace and decisions regarding how to match an organisation’s distinctive capabilities with value opportunities. Being able to do this is the key for many […]

May 13th, 2014|Categories: Trends & Themes||

5 Sustainability Trends – 2014

Martina Macpherson, Managing Partner, Sustainable Investment Partners

“Sustainability Growth”, “Transformational Change”, “Sustainable Capital Markets” and “Tomorrow’s Companies” come to mind when thinking about key ESG trends and drivers across segments, sectors and markets. In this context, we are focusing on five ESG trends for 2014, which are likely to affect the investment value chain and […]

May 13th, 2014|Categories: Trends & Themes||

ESG Integration across Asset Classes

Martina Macpherson, Managing Partner, Sustainable Investment Partners

Sustainable investing – understood as the incorporation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) analysis into investment decision-making – is a growing discipline that offers opportunities for long-term value creation both for investors and society as a whole. The industry is a continually growing and changing field that encompasses […]

May 13th, 2014|Categories: Trends & Themes||