#SRI — 23.05.2019

Why an ‘Impact Journey’?

“The natural world is not just a ‘nice-to-have’. It fundamentally matters to each and every one of us.” – Sir David Attenborough

BNP Paribas | Peripheral Deb

On June 3rd we will be hosting a few hundred of our clients in Paris for our second-ever 'Impact Journey' event. Inspired by the 17 UN sustainable development goals, this educational experience aims to teach our clients how they can have a positive impact – and help solve some of the biggest challenges facing our planet.

This year, we are highlighting two themes: oceans and biodiversity.


Oceans and other marine ecosystems:

  • Account for over 70% of the habitable areas on the planet, the largest habitats for living organisms that have been identified to date.

  • Produce 60% of the oxygen in our atmosphere and store most of the CO2 emitted by human activities.

  • Generate, directly or indirectly, 70% of our food, consumer products and pharmaceuticals.

And yet, over the past four decades, over 50% of marine species have disappeared. Acidifying oceans, plastic and chemical waste and overfishing are just a few of the problems that threaten the food security of around three billion people worldwide.


Multiple studies from the past years have warned us of the decline in biodiversity. According to the report submitted May 6th by the IPBES, up to one million plant and animal species (of the total estimated eight million) could be on the verge of extinction in the coming decades.


"In just fifty years, humans have destroyed what it took planet earth millions of years to create, and unfortunately humans will bear the impact of this, as our food and our very survival depends on nature."

Pierre Cannet, WWF France

For instance, more than 2 billion people rely on wood fuel to meet their primary energy needs, and an estimated 4 billion people rely primarily on natural medicines for their health care. Another example: over 75% of global food crop types, including fruits and vegetables and some of the most important cash crops such as coffee, cocoa and almonds, rely on animal pollination.


In the face of the many challenges threatening our planet, sustainable investing means taking environmental, social and governance priorities into consideration when it comes to managing one’s wealth. It is a way to balance one's financial performance, social impact and environmental impact. It also provides an opportunity to invest in companies that share these beliefs.




In the weeks leading up to our 'Impact Journey', find us on social media: #ImpactJourney19