It’s time for conservatives to lead on climate change

In the UK, climate change has traditionally been seen as an issue most closely aligned with the left – perhaps not surprising given that many proposed measures for tackling climate change involve large scale state involvement, significant restriction on business activity and limits to individual consumption. Under Theresa May, this started to change, but a new Government means the trajectory for UK climate policy remains uncertain. By failing to take radical action on climate change and...

What a sustainable cannabis sector should look like and how to get there

Cannabis continues to be legalised or decriminalised at a rapid rate. CBD (Cannabidiol) products are widely available on the UK high street and the medical and therapeutic benefits of cannabis are being increasingly recognised. But although cannabis continues to be hotly debated, there is remarkably little discussion about what a responsible cannabis sector would look like and how to get there. A lot of questions remain largely unanswered – and in many cases, not posed at all,...

The aviation industry: onwards and upwards?

It seems like investment in the aviation sector is flying high, as 69% of private equity and venture capital professionals expect the amount of money their industries invest in the sector to increase throughout 2019 and 2020. But while the upwards interest in investing in an industry that could pose many risks. Risks including those of an ESG and regulatory...

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Charlotte Stockton 12th Mar, 2019 Insight
Environment , ESG , Investor
2 min read

Procurement and Social Value : ESG in 2019

2019 will present new challenges for companies in terms of ensuring they have the right ESG (environmental, social and governance) credentials to win tenders. Procurement is an ESG issue that is strongly affected by political and institutional agendas. It’s  important then that companies and investors ensure that the ESG criteria they use reflect this rapidly changing environment. GK’s ESG due diligence and advisory services reflect such changes. One of the biggest developments in 2018...

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Martin Summers 9th Jan, 2019 Insight
Environment , ESG
3 min read

Four Scenarios for Sustainability – How to Respond

One of the world’s leading sustainability organisations, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), recently outlined how business could respond under four possible futures by 2030 – with each scenario illustrating very different levels of centralisation or decentralisation, coordination or fragmentation in politics, economics and society. Each of the scenarios is plausible, and the...

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Martin Summers 5th Dec, 2018 Impact , Strategy
Due Diligence , Environment , ESG
3 min read

How far are we along the Road to Zero?

Like France, the Netherlands, Norway and many more countries, the UK has announced its commitment to end petrol car sales. As a part of its Modern Industrial Strategy, Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, launched a white paper named ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ on July 9th 2018. This paper confirmed the government’s ambitious...