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Jamie Hicks

Jamie’s responsibilities include building partnerships and developing a communication strategy across the organisation. He joined the company as an Events Assistant responsible for managing RI’s live and online presence. Prior to RI, he interned at The Week magazine and worked for youth charities including Debate Mate and NCS. At university he was Publicity and Events Director of the Politics Society and Vice President of the Trading Floor Society, introducing students to investments and finance. He has a First Class Honours BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Birmingham, with a dissertation focussing on Contemporary Japanese Politics and a certificate in Digital Marketing from the University of the Arts London.
“There are only two industries that call their customers users – illegal drugs and software.” - Edward Tufte
Welcome to the first e-newsletter of Responsible Company the recently launched membership site for ESG content and events tailored to companies, a brand of Responsible Investor.What Responsible Company does:Member companies can publish their sustainability information to investors worldwide via Responsible Investor.We publish subject-based Smart Papers every month designed to outline and problem-solve ESG issues for you: saving you time and resourcesWe bring together the best corporate, investor, service provider and stakeholder speakers on practical webinars to discuss best practice responses to these ESG/sustainability subjectsCheck out Responsible Company’s Events and Content Calendar of forthcoming specialist company-focused ESG webinars and Smart Papers.
In mid-2021 The Blended Capital Group’s ESG Law Advisory Team will publish a report exploring ESG developments across the global legal community. This 16-page briefing flags key trends and findings to date based on a survey of 55 law firms worldwide. The survey will provide the foundation for the report later this year to be launched at an UNCTAD World Investment Forum online event. In summary: ESG has come roaring into the legal world, accelerating since 2018, and many firms are racing to polish their credentials and to position for new ESG business.
This report showcases a wide array of finance instruments that help channel funding into the solutions necessary for the transition to a low-carbon economy. The publication is the result of a joint effort of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and its broad and diverse network. Accompanied and guided by a high-level Steering Committee throughout the process, SSF has gathered expertise from practitioners within the Swiss sustainable finance landscape to produce a report with concrete examples of how the financial sector can support the decarbonisation of our society in a variety of ways.
A European Perspective on Achieving a Sustainable and Inclusive TransformationConversations about stakeholder capitalism are no longer new to the boardroom. Over the last two years, both companies and investors have endorsed the need to embrace a more holistic and inclusive approach to capitalism that considers the welfare of all stakeholders, including investors, employees, customers, business partners, local communities, and society at large. COVID-19 has brought new urgency to the question: What is the role of business in society beyond profit maximization and regulatory compliance?
In this report, Duncan Austin, who has had a 25-year career as a sustainability economist and investor, argues that ESG is caught in the middle of a deep struggle between economics and ecology, but that we may all be ‘economist and ‘ecologist’...the answer may lie in how we use our brains.
Energy use in buildings contributes more than 17.5 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions, and their construction is a key driver behind demand for steel and cement, which together are responsible for another 10.2 percent of emissions. Hence, decarbonising the real estate sector is unavoidable in order to reach net zero emission targets by 2050. The European Union is bringing forward a raft of regulation to bring the sector on track. This includes the potential addition of buildings’ emissions in the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS), and directives for energy performance and sustainable construction materials. As a result, existing building stock without extensive retrofits, and non-aligned new housing, are at high risk of significant losses in value.
In the financial, corporate and academic arenas, the terms Sustainable and Responsible are used without distinction to describe ESG policies. It should be noted, however, that the notions of Sustainability on the one hand, and Corporate Social Responsibility on the other, are alternative concepts and have never been properly differentiated. This distinction could prove useful in the differentiation of the scoring vs rating approach, which would then identify two separate fields of ESG assessment (applicant-pay model vs investor-pay model), and therefore form two different types of regulatory and legislative actions.
The 300 Club has taken the current pandemic as a moment for reflection on the state of the industry. During this crisis, we have all been made acutely aware of the fact that companies should not just be primarily profit generating machines but purposeful providers of solutions to the needs and wants of real people. The consequence of fulfilling those purposes are long term sustainable returns to investors.
This new report sees the United Nations build on these Principles, mapping the current state of ocean finance and the transition required at the start of the UN Decades of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Restoration. The report reveals the current trends in lending, underwriting and investment activities which impact the ocean, the frameworks and financial instruments that are successfully addressing ocean sustainability, and highlights new opportunities and gaps in the market. It looks across five key ocean sectors, chosen for their established connection with private finance.

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