Old Mutual Investment Group Speaking on Climate Change Part One

Old Mutual Investment Group Speaking on Climate Change Part One

Climate Change- The Food-Water-Energy Nexus

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Friday, November 13, 2015 - 11:00am

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Old Mutual Investment Group is serious about responsible investment and green economic growth, and in June 2015 we held our rst conference showcasing how we incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment processes, and our green growth investments that support the transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient, socially equitable economy.

As a mark of our willingness to spark robust debate in this arena, we included external experts in the debate. Sustainability luminary Will Day was our keynote speaker, and the event publication, Tomorrow, as invested as you are, included a selection of external contributors who are well respected in their elds of endeavour: climate change, green economic development, corporate governance and integrated reporting. Following the conference, Jon Duncan spent some time in conversation with Will Day about climate change. This article is part one of their dialogue. 


Will is a Sustainability Advisor to PwC. He brings a wide range of experience from 25 years of working with NGO relief and development organisations. As an independent consultant, and as Special Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he has helped facilitate cross-sector engagement between governments, companies and civil society organisations in various parts of the world, with a strong focus on the role of the private sector in development. As a faculty member of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, he has focused on the identi cation, analysis and communication of global mega trends, and their potential social and economic impacts, to senior business and government clients. Will was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until March 2011 and was a board member of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) until October 2012.


Jon Duncan leads the Responsible Investment (RI) programme at Old Mutual Group. The RI programme is focused on driving the systematic integration of material environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across the Group’s £319.4bn* of funds under management. Jon also heads up the Sustainability Research and Engagement function at the Group’s South Africa- based asset manager, Old Mutual Investment Group, where he is involved in company and industry ESG research; the analysis of green growth opportunities; and engagement on regulatory issues and local industry initiatives, such as the Code for Responsible Investing South Africa (CRISA). Jon was involved in the drafting of CRISA and currently sits on the CRISA committee, which drives the application of the Code in South Africa.

An engineer by training, with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, he has over 20 years of professional experience in the eld of sustainability research and engagement. He has worked extensively in Africa across a range of sectors, supporting organisations with strategic social, environmental and sustainability related issues.

Jon Duncan: Will, with your vast knowledge of the environmental and social challenges that the global community needs to solve, what is the one thing that keeps you up at night?

Will Day: The thought that children being born now will grow up in societies that do not allow them to live digni ed and ful lling lives, with the opportunity to make their own contributions to thriving economies. The reason for this is that the necessary systems and infrastructure are not currently in place — be they energy systems, education systems or health systems. 

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