46. Ethics, renewables and human geography

From animal testing to weapons, tobacco to doorstep lending, there are many ‘unethical’ practices that Bryn Jones excludes from the Rathbone Ethical Bond fund. He talks to us about the companies the excludes and the positive traits he looks for, as well as the growing opportunities in renewable energy. He also explains his thinking about human geography and the move from the Holocene to the Anthropocene era...
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Rathbone Ethical Bond invests in the debt of investment grade companies, with solid business plans and stable management teams. Ethical exclusions are simple: no mining, arms, gambling, pornography, animal testing, nuclear power, alcohol or tobacco. All positions must also have at least one positive environmental, social or corporate governance quality.

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