The Earth Convention - The Four Elements: Earth

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5x15 and Rathbones present the Four Elements, the second series of panels in the Earth Convention series. First up, Earth.

Rathbones Investment Management
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We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy.

Sophie Lawrence
Biodiversity and finance

Sophie Lawrence joined Rathbone Greenbank in January 2020. She is responsible for managing engagement activities on various ESG issues including biodiversity and nutrition, assessing the social and environmental performance of companies and conducting ESG and impact reporting for clients. She started her career at Barclays Bank in 2013 and most recently spent three years at KKS Advisors, a strategy consultancy in London where she led a team specialising in sustainable and impact investment. She holds an MSc from Imperial College London in Environmental Technology and a BSc in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol.

Philip Lymbery
Harvests and animal welfare

Philip Lymbery is Chief Executive of leading international farm animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming, as well as being a Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, award-winning author and animal advocate. He was appointed an ambassadorial ‘Champion’ for the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021. He has played a leading role in many major animal welfare reforms, including Europe-wide bans on veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens. He has also spearheaded Compassion’s engagement with more than 1,000 food companies worldwide, leading to significant improvements in the lives of more than two billion farm animals every year. His first book Farmageddon was listed as a Book of the Year by The Times, while the second book in the trilogy, Dead Zone, was selected as a ‘Must Read’ by the Daily Mail.

Isabella Tree

Isabella Tree is an award-winning author and travel writer, and lives with her husband, the conservationist Charlie Burrell, in the middle of a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex. She is author of five non-fiction books. Her book Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm, won the 2019 Richard Jefferies prize for nature writing and was one of the Smithsonian’s top ten science books for 2018. Managed with minimal human intervention, and with herds of free-roaming animals driving the creation of new habitats, Isabella and Charlie's rewilded land is now heaving with life. Her first children's book, When We Went Wild, was published in 2021, and her next book, The Book of Wilding, a blueprint for for how to rewild the world around us, will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2023.

Siddarth Shrikanth
Natural capital

Siddarth Shrikanth holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford, an MBA from Stanford and an MPA from Harvard. He previously worked in corporate sustainability for McKinsey and environmental policy for The World Bank, and has written for the Financial Times and Canary. He now lives in London and works in climate and nature investing.

His book The Case for Nature, which will be published by Duckworth in May, offers a radically hopeful manifesto for reinventing our economies to save our planet. The book sets out with powerful clarity how protecting nature is both the right thing to do, and in our economic interests; how, taking a cue from many indigenous worldviews, nature must be woven into our modern societies, not set apart. It introduces the pioneers of the nature-positive revolution who are tackling the biodiversity crisis and explains ‘natural capital’, giving us the tools to understand how our economies can work with, not against, our living planet.