Impact Investing Forum
London. Nov 18-19. (Virtual)
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Investors, regulators and employees are increasingly asking companies to manage their social and environmental impact. Capitalism must consider all its stakeholders, including the pandemic, racial inequality, rising income inequality, and climate change. It is not clear how exactly to meet this growing demand. One thing is certain: Consumers are becoming more aware of the consequences of their shopping habits. Brands must share information about sustainability standards and practices that they are responsible for. This will increase customer loyalty and build consumer confidence. The UC Berkeley School of Law offers a course that addresses today’s social and environmental issues. This program teaches you how to integrate environmental, social, and governance considerations into investment and business strategy. ESGs (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) evaluate a company’s environmental and environmental impact. This provides companies with the knowledge and tools they need to be purpose-driven business leaders within their field. It is important to examine how companies can harness crowd empowerment to create change. Also, it is important to consider why purpose-driven businesses are well-positioned to address the world’s most pressing problems. Premise recently conducted a study that found 58% of Premise contributors had made changes to their lives in order to live more sustainably. Organizations will be able to track the evolution and changes in environmental issues over time and capture which environmental issues are most important to them. ESG metrics were primarily used by impact investors, who are purpose-driven investors who want to use their investments for positive change. This has changed as organizations and businesses become more aware of their overall impact. Many investors view ESG metrics as a matter of preservation. ESG investing is centered on the goal of cost reduction and secure energy sources. Investors must ensure that the resources they require in the future are available if they want to remain profitable. Simply put, don’t drain your resources. Let’s take a look to Unilever, a European consumer goods giant that pioneered the ESG initiative. Unilever owns nearly 30% of the tea business and sells more tea than its competitors. Unilever also buys approximately 12% of all the world’s tea. The Lipton brand alone is responsible for selling approximately $3.5 billion worth tea each year. It also has a nearly three-fold market share globally compared to Tata Beverages, which owns Tetley Tea. The human and social costs of Lipton’s success are not insignificant. Tea workers in many parts of the world lack access to education, healthcare benefits, protection against illness, or housing. Tea harvesting can also lead to soil degradation and deforestation. Unilever is well aware of this. This is why Lipton made a commitment in 2010 to only use sustainably sourced tea. It has been doing this since 2015. Unilever recognized the need to generate revenue while also promoting positive environmental and social changes. After making the switch, Unilever had to figure out how to return their investment. Marketing was the first step. Unilever capitalized upon the fact that consumers care deeply about whether their food is sustainable and socially responsible. This is what led to it creating brand buzz around this topic. Unilever’s 2017 survey revealed that 33% of consumers now prefer to buy from brands that do good for the environment or social well-being. This translated into financial revenue and “Brand Love.” Lipton had a product that was unique, and it could charge a higher price to attract consumers willing to pay more for high-quality teas. This would increase profits. There are hundreds of academic studies that have examined the relationship between ESG and corporate financial performance. Larry Fink, BlackRock’s CEO, sent a letter to all the CEOs of companies in which BlackRock has invested in January 2018. It is important to understand how ESG initiatives are perceived by a business in real-time. This is also a crucial first step towards making the necessary changes to drive sales and profits increases. Premise is one of the global crowdsourced data insight platforms. Premise is a global crowdsourced data collection platform that empowers organizations to obtain a comprehensive assessment on current initiatives by creating tasks, surveys, and putting them out in our marketplace. Crowdsourcing allows organizations to capture changing consumer attitudes and shifts in consumer behavior, particularly with regard to large chain stores. In the beginning, traditional brands were seen as positive agents of social change because they brought low-cost products to communities that had never had them before. Cheap labor comes at a high price, both socially and environmentally. Companies must make positive changes to maintain their competitive edge and promote them. Brands can retain their market share and generate revenues for shareholders while doing more for the environment and the wider community. Premise’s chief revenue officer is Ted Pardee.