98. Water scarcity, labour issues and human rights

Biodiversity encompasses the 8 million or so plants, animals and bacteria species on the planet and their ecosystems. In this podcast, Jamie Jenkins, co-manager of BMO Responsible Global Equity, talks to us about how this relates to water scarcity. He also discusses his engagement with companies around labour and human rights issues and tells us about the technology companies held in the portfolio.
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BMO Responsible Global Equity managers Jamie Jenkins and Nick Henderson have the help of an independent sustainability team to ensure the portfolio’s standards are maintained and backed-up by strong engagement. Constraints include; no alcohol, gambling, pornography, weapons or tobacco, and the fund is fossil fuel free. The process also considers restrictions on environmental impact, animal welfare, human rights and labour standards.

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What’s covered in this podcast:

  • Why water scarcity could create geopolitical flashpoints in the future [1:49]
  • Which global city almost ran out of water [3:01]
  • How much water is lost each day due to leaking pipes [3:58]
  • How some companies are helping to solve water issues [4:41]
  • How the manager has engaged with companies about labour issues… [6:20]
  • … and how his tackling human rights issues [8:34]
  • Which technology stocks are held in the portfolio [10:56]
The views of the author and any people interviewed are their own and do not constitute financial advice. However the knowledge that professional analysts have analysed a fund or trust in depth before assigning them a rating can be a valuable additional filter for anyone looking to make their own decisions. Before you make any investment decision make sure you’re comfortable and fully understand the risks. If you invest in fund or trust make sure you know what specific risks they’re exposed to. Past performance is not a reliable guide to future returns. Remember all investments can fall in value as well as rise, so you could make a loss.

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