Green Dream with Sophie Lawrence: Urgent action needed on biodiversity loss

In our latest Green Dream video interview, Rathbone Greenbank's Sophie Lawrence discusses the pandemic impact, biodiversity and plans for the future

In this episode of the Green Dream, the video series where ESG Clarity interviews key figureheads in the responsible investment world to get their views on the latest trends, news and movements in this evolving landscape, Natalie Kenway speaks to Sophie Lawrence, senior ethical, sustainable and impact researcher for Rathbone Greenbank Investments.

Lawrence discusses how the firm tackled the pandemic in 2020, while also growing its impact investment portfolio and expanding its climate-aligned approach.

When asked about key trends in responsible investment, Lawrence pointed to biodiversity and why Rathbone Greenbank feels this need much more focus from investors. She highlights most businesses will be impacted by the alarming deterioration we are seeing in the populations of a high number of species, either directly or through their supply chains.

See also: – Can ESG awakening end the biodiversity crisis?

Lawrence also outlines Rathbone Greenbank’s plans for the future including working with external experts on how to measure biodiversity, and policy and engagement work on the topic.

She would also like to see more industry collaboration around labelling and shares her favourite herbal tea brand.

You can view the Green Dream video series here.

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Natalie Kenway

Natalie is global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist for 16 years. She won Editor of the Year at the Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards 2021, and was Winner...