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The Soapbox Summer Reading List

The holidays are upon us and if you have school-aged kids like us (except Euan who goes when it’s cheap) you will be travelling soon - at peak cost.  But this might cheer you up! We know that you are all sustainable investing geeks like ourselves, so we have compiled...

Soapbox Speaks: Hotel Chocolat podcast

This first in a series of podcasts gives us the opportunity to talk to Angus Thirwell the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Hotel Chocolat. He discusses the importance of sustainability in their business, and how it is put into practice from the picking of cocoa beans...

Is the world facing a cooling crisis?!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking- this is counterintuitive given the record-breaking temperatures recorded last week in France, or this research from NASA which practically suggests the world is on fire: Source: https://data.giss.nasa.gov Then you have the WHO...

Tipping points

As we mentioned in last week's Soapbox, the direction of travel of greenhouse gas emissions is far from good - even BP agree! Which means that the longer governments delay, the more forceful and urgent the policy response needs to be. In her last hurrah as PM, Theresa...

Who cares wins?

“Most commonly, new positions open up because of change… new needs emerge as societies evolve…..When such changes happen, new entrants, unencumbered by a long history in the industry, can often more easily perceive the potential for a new way of competing. Unlike...

Save the whale

When President Trump recently met with Prince Charles, the “Prince of Whales”, one quote taken from the subsequent interview of Trump struck me: “He wants to make sure future generations have climate that is good climate, as opposed to a disaster, and I agree.” This...

Steaming Ahead

A Strix in Greek mythology was a bird of ill omen, the product of metamorphosis, it fed on human flesh and blood (sorry if you’re reading this during breakfast). I’m just thankful it doesn’t fly the corridors of Kames Capital. Move forward a few thousand years and...

We can’t export the problem anymore

Europe produces 58 million tonnes of plastic every year. 40% of that is used for packaging. Only 30% is recycled - albeit the last figure is flattering because we mostly ship the problem off to Asia. Source - WRAP - UK, 2017 Huge numbers. If it makes it any easier (or...

We beg to differ

The Kames Global Sustainable Equity Fund was set up to be deliberately different from other sustainable strategies already in the marketplace.  Three years in, despite all the interest in ESG, new fund launches and rebranding of existing stuff, it still feels like...

Can technology disrupt and democratise drug development?

Pharmaceutical research and development is critical and offers health and hope to millions…. but it’s very expensive. A Deloitte study from 2018 reported that the cost to develop a new drug from discovery to launch ranges from $1bn to $4bn (average about $2.2bn) and...

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