BlackRock, and Game Changers

There has been a lot of excitement in the sustainability world recently following the BlackRock annual letter to CEOs. One website even claimed it as "momentous". Now Vanguard and other asset managers are also getting in on the act. The question is whether these missives to company CEOs are game changing signs for sustainability, or just talk ...
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2017 Booklist

Here are some of the books that I finished this year (and some still to come): The summer’s theme was about The Establishment. I started with “The Establishment, and how they get away with it” by Owen Jones, which paints a rather depressing picture of modern day Britain. It would be all too easy to write this off as a ...
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ESG? No, its Time to Become Activist Investors

About 20% of all assets are now managed using some form of ESG principles. You wouldn’t know it though. According to the Economist there were 70 activist campaigns in Europe last year. It feels like there will be more this year. The impact upon the progress of more sustainable business practices is notable. ESG to the Rescue? Meanwhile ESG is ...
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Can purpose-driven companies change capitalism?

Making a change in a complex world is often less about tackling an issue head on, but about changing the circumstances. By focusing upon the context in which we operate, we can create the conditions by which the solutions get traction and we can make an impact ...
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Ridge Walks

Over the last few years my hikes in the Valais have mainly had peaks and mountain huts as the destinations. Ridges are not so accessible - just getting to them generally involves a significant climb in itself. Consequently ridge walks are not so popular except where ski lifts can get you part of the way there.  Until this year the ...
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