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Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder

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Sep 26, 2022


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Roxy Horrie

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Sep 26, 2022


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Roxy Horrie


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In recent news, Patagonia’s founder and his family recently gave their ownership in the $3b company to a climate-focused trust and a group of nonprofit organizations, where all profits not directly reinvested into Patagonia will be funding projects fighting climate change. The news comes amid a renewed cycle of interest and focus on ESG related actions from corporations and government agencies, including recent trends to incorporate ESG metrics into executives’ compensation plans in addition to financial performance and shareholder returns.

Various government agencies around the world are stepping up their attention to ESG reporting and requirements, often targeting multiple industries. The EU is expected to adopt the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive in October, which provides guidance on how companies listed in the EU should report on sustainability goals. In the US, the SEC’ annoucned its most recent rules against investment funds’ “greenwashing.”

As these regulations continue to evolve and reporting burdens increase for players in the ecosystem, green fintech companies are emerging to help businesses comply with new ESG requirements. Reporting tools and data analytics to track carbon footprints are some examples of early B2B initiatives, in addition to a number of consumer-oriented products designed to allow people to directly engage in the impact they are making on the planet.

The path to a greener, socially responsible and sustainable future is long, and we expect to continue to see innovation from start-ups and other ecosystem players. This innovation, along with regulation and education about ESG, should contribute to the urgency to act. As for Patagonia (and this sheep), there’s a new fleece on life.

Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder

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Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder


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Patagonia founder hands company to trust to tackle climate crisis
The 83-year-old, who has a net worth of $1.2bn, said he was transferring his family’s ownership to a trust and a non-profit organisation to channel profits to environmental causes. The company expects to give $100mn a year to the non-profit organisation. Read more

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