56. Treating customers, employees and the community fairly

How companies have responded to the Coronavirus pandemic could change the way we see them in future, according to David Harrison, manager of Rathbone Global Sustainability fund. David talks to us about how some firms have really thought about their employees, customers and communities, how some companies – from all sorts of sectors – have used spare production capacity to join the fight to save lives, and gives his thoughts on how society and work practices could change forever – and in turn help lower carbon emissions.
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Launched in July 2018, Rathbone Global Sustainability can invest in companies of any size but will have a bias towards mid-caps. The manager will actively avoid businesses involved in unethical or unsustainable practices. The exclusion criteria included are alcohol, animal testing, armaments, extraction of fossil fuels, gambling, nuclear power, pornography, tobacco and poor employment, environment and/or human rights practices. Each holding will also have to have at least one positive environmental, social or governance attribute.

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