Sustainability

Sustainability lies at the heart of our business. We undertake our work because we believe in the strength of our company, of our business and in the importance of what we do in helping nations achieve their dual goals of economic growth and protecting the environment. As a result, we are highly motivated to achieve our goals.

UN GLOBAL COMPACT

In August 2014, Sindicatum joined the United Nations Global Compact, an initiative for businesses that aims to align their operations and strategies with ten principles in human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Download our UN Global Compact sustainability report:


Sustainable Investing

Sustainability is crucial to our investment approach and to our ability to meet the expectations of our stakeholders – we believe it has a direct link to our long-term profitable performance. The theme of “resource scarcity” is central to our strategy. We believe that, globally, economic development (and thus increasing demand for resources) will continue to strain natural resources worldwide.

Our investment thesis is based on the premise that such macro-trends will have an important influence on the pricing of increasingly scarce resources such as energy, water, agricultural resources and clean air. Consequently our aim is to produce long term supplies of these sustainable products as well as related environmental commodities.

In an increasingly resource-constrained world, it is crucial to work within environmental and social limits and our Investment Approval Process recognizes this.


Sustainability is integral to our business

We recognize that all of our investments depend on our relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and, in particular, the local communities where our projects are undertaken. Our business model therefore seeks to meet, daily, the highest standards of sustainability, governance, and ethical investing, along with a strong emphasis on health and safety.

We also consider sustainability to be critical to the management of our most crucial asset – our staff. Our aim is to promote a working environment where people feel they are “in it for the long-run”. We aim to ensure people feel they and their contribution are appreciated and that a proper balance between work and their life outside Sindicatum is maintained.

This approach helps safeguard our future.


Sustainable Resources are Vital to a Sustainable Economy

Despite technological progress the global economy remains entirely dependent on “natural capital” for its existence and growth. The planet’s natural capital includes all of the ecosystem services which we take for granted, but are provided for free and without which our society could not survive. Such services include the provision of water, food, waste decomposition and fresh air. In conjunction with direct energy sources, such as the sun, such services are required to create the commodities upon which we rely in order to live. As the global economy continues to expand it places demands on the planet which cannot be met.

Since the industrial revolution natural capital has been gradually depleted and commodities from aquatic life to forests have become increasingly scarce. What’s more, such commodities are often produced from un-sustainable, fossil sources, which have a finite life and in the case of fossil fuels, create global environmental risk through climate change.

The traditional economic model of resource utilization is a linear process by which natural capital is exploited, creating waste, pollution and environmental degradation:

The Consumption Based EconomySindicatum seeks to redress this balance through the production of long-term “sustainable resources”, in order to help displace our reliance on un-sustainable sources. We aim to create supplies of key commodities required for the functioning of a global economy which is viable into perpetuity. Through this we aim to help facilitate the transition to a system which utilizes natural capital without depleting it.

A Sustainable Economy


What are Sustainable Resources?

Typically the sustainable resources we produce come from the utilization of waste or the sustainable cultivation of renewable natural resources, such as timber. Our products range from the tangible (for instance clean energy, biogas and biomass) to the intangible (for instance carbon credits). To meet the definition of a sustainable resource a product must come from either:

      1. an activity that can form a viable component of a sustainable economy, viable into perpetuity; or
      2. an activity which may facilitate the transition to a sustainable economy, viable into perpetuity.

An example of (1) would be the sustainable cultivation of a renewable natural resource, such as the production of biomass pellets for energy use from agricultural waste. An example of (2) would be the utilization of waste created from the processing of non-renewable natural resources, such as the destruction of methane released from coal mining.

In addition to this all of our investments reduce or displace greenhouse gas emissions.


Communicating our commitment through the UN Global Compact

To help communicate our commitment to sustainable development, Sindicatum has joined the UN Global Compact, a platform for encouraging and promoting good corporate principles and learning experiences in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. For more information about the UN Global Compact, please visit www.unglobalcompact.org.

In addition and reflecting our specialist interest climate, Sindicatum has also joined the UN’s Caring for Climate Initiative and signed the Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing.


DEFINITIONS:

  1. “Natural capital” according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, “is the land, air, water, living organisms and all formations of the Earth’s biosphere that provide us with ecosystem goods and services imperative for survival and well-being. Furthermore, it is the basis for all human economic activity.”

    Natural capital, in other words, refers to the stock of goods and services that come from, or relate to, the natural world. These goods and services are natural resources that have value and yield a flow of “ecosystem services” both now and into the future. For example, a stock of fish will provide a flow of food into perpetuity, if the stock is sustainably managed.

    Natural capital is therefore essential for ongoing human survival and for the functioning of the global economy. Natural capital can be divided into renewable resources (such as timber stocks) and non-renewable resources (including fossil fuels and mineral deposits).

    See our Natural Capital Blog Series:

      1. Natural capital: Stop abusing it and make more money at the same time
      2. Global warming: Can the accounting industry please do its job.”
      3. Outsourcing:  Doing the Math.”
  2. “Ecosystem Services” are the benefits that humankind obtains from ecosystems. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) report 2005 distinguishes four categories of ecosystem service:
      1. “provisioning services”, such as food, water, minerals, pharmaceuticals and energy;
      2. “regulating services”, such as regulation of the climate through carbon sequestration, waste disposal through decomposition and purification of water and air;
      3. “cultural services” such as spiritual enrichment, recreation, reflection and cognitive development; and
      4. “supporting services”, such as nutrient and seed dispersal.