"I think a common experience for young people as they become more and more aware of how the world works is a questioning of norms and grey-area corporate acts: why have certain actions and inactions been allowed without repercussion? What about the people that affected? This questioning is often met with condescending affirmation of the status quo, implying the questioning is naïve in the first place. It is easy to see how this breeds a paradigm of not asking questions, adapting to a counter-productive workplace culture, glossing over issues and sometimes an attitude of cynicism. In attempting to fight this seemingly insistent bureaucracy and passivity, as a young person, it can be hard to know where to begin.
It was with these questions in my mind that on 25 August I had the pleasure of attending the 2020 Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights held by the UN Global Compact virtual conference. The recurring themes throughout the conference of being brave, challenging unconscious bias, and asking uncomfortable questions reiterated that young people should not be staying silent when these issues come up” .
Ethical Partners are pleased to see Australia take the next steps to implement mandatory climate reporting with the release of draft climate standards, which we provided feedback on.
Ethical Partners have continuously called for the provision of high quality, comparable data on company’s climate governance and carbon metrics, which we believe is imperative for investors to fulfil the potential of responsible investment.
Ethical Partners have been proud to have been active supporters of the TNFD Forum over the past few years, and to provide regular feedback on the development of the official TNFD recommendations, which were launched in December, as well as to be active members of the RIAA Natural Capital Working Group.