Providing real benefits for society and the planet – Part 2

Category: ethicalinvesting

It’s been a bit warm recently, and as usual we Brits struggle to cope.

Maybe this will act as a wake-up call. Climate change is real, affects us all today and not just many years into the future when it’s someone else’s problem.

The UK is facing the prospect of a drought being declared in August, experts have said, warning of potential crop failures after a period of remarkably dry weather and extreme heat. Hosepipe bans for households could be brought in across the UK and farmers could be restricted from irrigating their crops if the government implements a drought plan.

Minette Batters, the president of the National Farmers’ Union, said ‘We have taken our water supply for granted in this country for so long. We are not storing and moving water in the way that we should be. Water security and food security are inextricably linked and food security is incredibly important’

This is the second part of our series showing how investing your money in our Positive Impact portfolios could make a real difference in the UK and around the world.

Protecting and managing freshwater is a prerequisite for life on Earth, and a key theme in EQ Positive Impact. Inequalities and inefficiencies in water use persist, with many regions suffering from water scarcity due to decades of unsustainable water use and climate change impacts.

We invest across freshwater distribution and protection, wastewater treatment, and water efficiency applications. The portfolios also invest in sustainable water management systems and more efficient technology that allows us to put less strain on natural water resources.

Xylem is a global water technology company. It finds and consults on water system challenges in 150 countries, and then designs sustainable water management plans that address inefficiencies in water utilities and wastewater treatment, and that promote safe, sustainable water use.

In 2020 the company provided 4.1 million people at the base of the global economic pyramid access to clean water and sanitation, helped clients avoid half a billion m³ of leakage water, and treated 4.3 billion m³ of wastewater (1.7 million Olympic-size swimming pools), preventing it from polluting natural freshwater ecosystems.

Xylem positively contributes to progress towards multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goal targets, including :

By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.

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