Investors play a central role in the global economy, providing financing for businesses and new technologies, playing a role as stewards of companies whose shares they own or manage, and enabling individuals to live with decency in retirement. However, many institutional investors have focussed to an unhealthy degree on short term returns and paid too little attention to the social and environmental impacts of their activities.
By Martin Halle - Global Footprint Network – April, 2013
Humanity’s growing consumption of natural resources and ecological services is testing our planetary boundaries. Total human consumption of renewable natural resources and services is already one and a half times greater than the capacity of the biosphere to supply them. In other words, it takes the planet 18 months to generate the food, fibre, timber products, and carbon sequestration services that are consumed in one year.
By Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition – February, 2013
The shift to a green economy is not just about redirecting investment. It is also about changing our financial system architecture so that it builds, rather than undermines, a greener and fairer economy.
Our financial markets are currently guided by short-term goals and an overreliance on financial derivatives. This sends the wrong signals to investors and the real economy. The reform financial markets, which is already underway, needs to go beyond financial stability alone to address how the markets can build greener, fairer economies. The question is how?
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