99. Just 10 years left to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

It’s five years since the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals were introduced and there are 10 years left to reach their aims. David Harrison, manager of Rathbone Global Sustainability, talks to us about what has been achieved so far, where improvements are required and how the investment community and this fund uses them to invest responsibly. David also discusses company behaviour, fund performance and the exciting trend towards greener infrastructure.
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Rathbone Global Sustainability is a high conviction global equity fund that can invest in companies of any size, but which will have a bias towards mid-caps. Manager David Harrison focuses on selecting stocks with strong cash generation and will actively avoid businesses involved in unethical or unsustainable practices. Each holding will also have to have at least one positive environmental, social or governance attribute.

Read more about Rathbone Global Sustainability fund

What’s covered in this podcast:

  • The aim of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [0:33]
  • What the SDGs have achieved in the past five years [1:45]
  • How the investment community uses the SDGs [2:31]
  • What could be improved to make the SDGs more effective [3:30]
  • How the SDGs are used in this fund [4:32]
  • How companies are behaving today [6:18]
  • Why the fund has performed so well since the market lows in March [8:31]
  • Why the trend of greener infrastructure is so exciting [9:55]
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