Invest in Planet
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In the previous blog we showed you how you can invest in the second area – People – by showcasing three examples of companies that you could have a closer look at to start your impact investing journey. The three companies were Orkla ASA, Chr. Hansen Holding A/S & Alfa Laval Group.
Now it is time to move on to the third area – Planet – and explore the companies that support the SDGs within it. The companies mentioned here in this blog are all participants of United Nations Global Compact, whose mission is to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want.
Our chosen three companies serves as examples of companies who support the SDGs within the area of Planet and our aim with this blog is to visualize how a possible impact investment can be made, allowing you to put your money where your heart is.
The third area – Planet – consists of SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land). This area focuses on our planet and the changes it is going through due to pollution, lack of water, deforestation, natural disasters – just to name a few. We, as humans, have long been dependent on our planet. It has fed us through time, warmed us in the summer and cooled us in the winter. The planet has held its end of the deal and taken care of us. Now it is time for us to return the favour and take care of it. The debate on climate changes has been ongoing for years. Some say that the changes are not something to worry about, while others say we must take action immediately. Opinions on the matter often comes with great discussions but what can’t be denied, is the fact that the planet and its surroundings is changing and these changes are often due to manmade actions. It is time to halt and reverse the damage already made before it is too late. So what can we do to help? We can protect and restore water-related ecosystems like forests, mountains and rivers to treat water scarcity and consume and recycle responsibly – We can try to influence policies, so vulnerable regions can manage climate changes and natural disasters efficiently – We can encourage sustainable use of ocean-based resources and manage pollution through laws to avoid further deterioration of marine life. Being more aware of our surroundings and the planet we live on, is a small yet very important step towards getting our planet back into a great shape.
3 Companies who protect our ecosystems for all societies and our children
You can also do something to be part of the solution by investing in companies that support these initiatives. The following three companies are examples of where you can start your impact investing:
NCC Group states in their latest Sustainability report (2016/2017) the following:
“Since the construction industry has a considerable environmental impact, the results of which include large emissions of greenhouse gases, NCC works actively to influence social development in a sustainable direction. By using, for example, new technology, emissions from production, finished products and the operational phase are reduced,. This means that NCC also can help its customers to achieve their climate targets. NCC’s long-term objective is to have a climate-neutral operation. In order to achieve this, the company works continuously to reduce its carbon footprint. The target for the strategy period is a 50-percent reduction in carbon emissions from own operations by 2020, compared with emission levels in the base year, 2015.”
ORIFLAME COSMETICS GLOBAL S.A.
Oriflame Cosmetics states in their latest Sustainability report (2016/2017) the following:
“We know that the water impact from our manufacturing sites is a limited part of the life cycle impact, however, for local communities this impact may be important. Therefore we have looked at the exact locations of our manufacturing Water sites and we conducted a first analysis of the risks and impacts of the different locations. By 2020 we are committed to reduce water use at all our sites by 15 %.”
ICA Gruppen states in their latest Sustainability report (2017/2018) the following:
“About the water shortage in Peru’s Ica Valley. In November Swedwatch published a report focusing on Peru, where a water shortage in the Ica Valley is creating serious problems, among other things concerning health and employment. The region is a major grower of asparagus, among other produce. The situation in the Ica Valley is serious, and ICA Sweden is currently working together with suppliers to find a long-term solution.”