WWF, one o the world’s most experienced conservationorganisations, addresses global threats to people and nature suchas climate change, the peril to endangered species and habitats,and the unsustainable consumption o the world’s natural resources.We do this by inuencing how governments, businesses and peoplethink, learn and act in relation to the world around us, and byworking with local communities to improve their livelihoods and theenvironment upon which we all depend. WWF uses its practicalexperience, knowledge and credibility to create long-term solutionsor the planet’s environment.I everyone in the world consumed natural resources and generatedcarbon dioxide at the rate we do in the UK, we would need threeplanets to support us. The impacts – which include climate change,deorestation and biodiversity loss – are starting to aect us all. WWFhas a vision or a One Planet Future – a world in which people andnature thrive within their air share o the Earth’s natural resources. That is why WWF is working to develop a One Planet Financesystem, where the investments made by individuals and institutionscontribute to this vision. This includes holding the owners andmanagers o capital to account on how unds are used – because itwill be essential to direct ows o capital away rom carbon-intensiveactivities and towards low-carbon opportunities. The Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) is part o TheCo-operative Group, the UK’s largest consumer co-operative.CFS is the group o businesses that includes The Co-operativeBank, The Co-operative Insurance and The Co-operativeInvestments. CFS puts the social concerns o its 6.5 millioncustomers at the heart o the way it does business.In 1992, The Co-operative Bank became the frst UK high streetbank to launch a customer-led Ethical Policy. Through the policy, thebank sets out where it will and will not invest its customers’ money.In June 2005, The Co-operative Insurance became the world’s frstinsurance company to launch a customer-led Ethical EngagementPolicy. It directs how The Co-operative Insurance and TheCo-operative Investments use their inuence as shareholders topush or positive change within the companies in which they invest.
The report was written by James Leaton o WWF-UK, withcontributions rom Colin Baines o The Co-operative Group,Niall O’Shea o The Co-operative Investments, and Anthony Footitto the Tyndall Centre or Climate Change Research. The authorswould also like to thank Gary Kendall, Rob Powell, Hadley Archer,Mark Eckstein, Francis Grant-Suttie, Arlin Hackman, Julia Langer,Louise Hotchkiss, Peter Denton and Alun Evans or theircomments and contributions.Photography: © Jiri Rezac / WWF-UK unless stated otherwise.
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