Re-branding toxic strategies
by China Water Risk 18 September, 2017
This month we spoke at the CLSA Investor Forum on the same day as Steve Bannon. His rhetoric on economic nationalism is nothing new, but do these strategies make sense given China’s dominance in critical raw materials (CRMs)? CLSA U®’s report warns that transitional risks are abound across key CRMs as China says no to pollution and yes to a high-tech future. However brands’ “no sense strategies” point to focus on short-term profits rather than mitigating such risks. Is this sustainable? Find out in our review. Even Apple does not have a traceability system in place for CRMs found in their products. Plus, what lies ahead for rare earth recycling? Researcher Liu expands. With China committing to embed environmental risk into credit policies, it’s essential to identify ‘hotspots’ across assets or supply chains. Here, we expand on a new dashboard which gauges water risks across operations, suppliers or investments – check it out! The textile industry also faces similar risks and circular fashion was a hot topic during World Water Week. Is fast fashion poised for a circular makeover? See our key takeaways. Government action is also ramping up with the recent initiation of Green Power Certificate trading. China is gearing up to be “future ready” on less pollution: brands need to wake up and re-brand toxic and short-sighted strategies for a cleaner and circular future.
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