Investors are asking the wrong questions about sustainability

When it comes to hitting the 2030 targets underpinning the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, considering risk alone will not cut it. Larry Fink’s recent emphasis on climate change risks and divesting in coal is significant, albeit a few decades late, but what about opportunities? And what about other sustainable development issues that threaten to bring businesses down? Unless businesses change what they do and how they do it, the goals will not be achieved.

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Banning single-use plastic

Sir, – Congratulations to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council on its initiative in banning single-use plastics for takeaway food (“Fines of ¤500 proposed for single-use plastics”, News, February 13th). There is no reason why our next government cannot introduce this quickly as a national initiative. What a wonderful start it would be, signalling a new era of responsible, environmentally conscious government, and it would be an “early win” for a new taoiseach. – Yours, etc, AOIFE LORD, Tankardstown, Co Meath.

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