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Why we need to prioritise nature alongside the climate transition

As Schroders publishes its Plan for Nature, here’s why it matters.

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The world has woken up to the vital role that nature plays in supporting our economy and society. With more than half of our global GDP dependent on the natural world, we believe that the reality is stark: nature risk is fast becoming an integral factor to investment risk and returns.

That’s why we regard the consideration of nature risk to be part of our fiduciary duty to clients.

At the same time, preserving and restoring nature can make a powerful contribution to efforts to mitigate climate change.

And there is a social dimension too: unless efforts to protect nature create positive social impacts for local citizens and indigenous communities, they won’t be sustainable over the medium to long term.

The direction of travel for businesses is clearer than ever: our global economy must become not just net zero, but also nature positive – and one is dependent on the other.

As a leading active investment manager, Schroders has an important role to play.

We make investment decisions every day on behalf of savers and investors around the world, and make these choices carefully and deliberately, because they may affect the financial future of our clients and impact the wider world.

That’s why we are setting out our ambition on nature: we want to harness the power of investment to accelerate a nature positive future. We believe this has the potential to drive better investment returns for our clients over time.

This document captures how we’re taking action to achieve this ambition – in our own business and in partnership with some of our clients and other stakeholders in the industry, and beyond.

We want to demonstrate our approach, our progress to date, and our future priorities.

We want to take a united approach right across our business to affect change just as we do to deliver our science-based targets on climate.

That includes embedding our approach through the investment insights we develop, the influence we can have on companies and offering innovative financial solutions to our clients.

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This article is issued by Cazenove Capital which is part of the Schroders Group and a trading name of Schroder & Co. Limited, 1 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5AU. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. 

Nothing in this document should be deemed to constitute the provision of financial, investment or other professional advice in any way. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income from it may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

This document may include forward-looking statements that are based upon our current opinions, expectations and projections. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.

All data contained within this document is sourced from Cazenove Capital unless otherwise stated.


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