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IMPACT INDUSTRY: SUSTAINABILITY

The growing concern about climate change and its impact on society has triggered a new investment conversation. Historically, companies have often neglected environmental sustainability and social cohesion, but increasing demands from regulatory bodies and public observers are driving investors to consider these crucial issues. 

FIO Capital believes sustainable investment is an investment that solves the present problems and challenges without jeopardising future needs. It is all about discovering better ways of doing business that will benefit corporations and citizens both now and in the future.

Understanding that the economy is not delivering quality of life for a huge section of the world’s population introduces a harder component to sustainable investing: more than a billion people are malnourished, lack clean water and live without electricity. The global population is expected to grow rapidly in the next 30 years, from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 8.8 billion in 2040, mostly in developing countries. This growth will place even greater strain on natural resources and companies that operate as the backbone of these communities.

Climate change compounds these problems, changing patterns of rainfall and agriculture, increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and threatening to displace millions of people. We need to halve global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 if we are to avoid the worst impacts, but this will require a radical restructuring of our economy away from dependence on oil and gas.

As awareness of the environmental crisis grows, sustainable investing becomes a key area of growth. Every decision, whether personal or corporate, impacts the environment, and the repercussions can be felt for years to come if we ignore these impacts.

Our Why

5 REASONS WE
INVEST IN SUSTAINABILITY

Given the urgency of these issues, there are multiple reasons why incorporating sustainability into our investment strategy is not just possible but essential to the social responsibility we have. 

Our framework captures a comprehensive range of environmental boundaries and social conditions that a sustainable economy must respect. It can be applied to any sector or business, and investors can use it as a pragmatic guide to analyse the long-term sustainability of their investments.

Using the principles of sustainability to guide investment makes hard-headed business sense. For example, we have a solid foundation in science, which tells us that continuing to burn the fossil fuels that exacerbate climate change will profoundly disrupt economic activity. The floods and extreme weather events which we have seen over recent years serve as a warning of things to come.

Some will argue that the goal of a sustainable economy in 2040 is unrealistic. Undoubtedly, this is a massive challenge. But what is striking is that, in principle, it is possible to achieve this. It is also clear that the way financial markets operate over the next 30 years will be one of the most important enablers of, or barriers to, achieving that goal.

Investors can play a big part in achieving what we see as the ultimate goal of a resilient, sustainable economy that maximises quality of life for all, so that people can develop their full potential and lead productive, creative lives without sacrificing the environment.

Sustainable investments often result in better long-term financial performance. By prioritising environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, companies can improve their operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and foster innovation, leading to sustainable growth and profitability.

Investing sustainably promotes social cohesion and addresses critical issues like malnutrition, lack of clean water, and access to electricity. By supporting initiatives that improve quality of life, investors contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society, fostering stability and growth in the global economy.

Sustainable investment strategies recognise the overexploitation and underpricing of natural resources. By investing in sustainable practices, businesses can reduce their environmental footprint, conserve vital resources, and ensure that these resources are available for future generations.

Achieving a sustainable economy requires a radical shift away from dependence on fossil fuels. Sustainable investments support the transition to renewable energy sources, innovative technologies, and sustainable practices, helping to restructure the global economy towards one that is resilient, sustainable, and capable of supporting long-term prosperity for all.

Incorporating environmental risks into investment decisions helps to avoid the future costs associated with climate change, such as those arising from extreme weather events, sea level rise, and resource scarcity. Sustainable investments promote practices that mitigate these risks, ensuring long-term economic stability.

OUR PORTFOLIO

Madimbo Agri Group

The Madimbo Agri Group owns and operates numerous farms focused on producing avocados, macadamias and citrus. They also support small scale farmers through mentorship, training and comprehensive services & solutions.

Blackrock

BlackRock Mineral Holdings is a mineral technology holding group with a mission to revolutionise the natural resources and minerals industry through sustainable practices and cutting-edge technology.

FIO ENERGY

Fio Energy is committed to a sustainable energy future and limiting the impacts of global climate change for many generations to come. This can only be achieved if the world accelerates the transition from fossil fuels to renewable and sustainable energy solutions.

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