The ocean covers 70% of the earth’s surface. She is home to over 200,000 known species, absorbs over 90% of excess carbon dioxide, and stabilizes the climate. Align your investment objectives with the health of earth's greatest resource.
Your investments can directly impact on the cleanliness and health of over 12,000 miles of America's coast line. The Ocean Health Portfolio includes companies with waste management policies to keep the coast clean.
Containing over 200,000 known species and an estimated 2,000,000 unknown species, the ocean is home to a large portion of the earth's biodiversity. Protect marine wildlife by investing in companies that manage plastic, hazardous waste, and carbon output.
Ocean warming has caused coral reefs to decalcify and die at an increasing rate. Uptake of greenhouse gases by the ocean has raised the acidity level of the ocean, which harms coral. Newday plays a role in reducing carbon emissions by investing in companies developing low-carbon alternatives to existing energy technologies.
Society's increasing demand for plastic has strained and damaged the ocean habitat for the marine wildlife that calls it home. The Ocean Health Portfolio includes companies that have strong policies on plastic pollution reduction.
On the chart below, the Ocean Health Portfolio is compared to the Vanguard 500 over a 1 year timeframe.
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American Express has confirmed a partnership with Parley to raise awareness of plastics pollution. This partnership has started American Express’s first prototype of a credit card which is made up of ocean plastic. The company will assist with removing plastic from the ocean and coats to help produce these eco-friendly credit cards for their clients. The company has also begun phasing out single plastic use in corporate offices and airport lounges, as well as setting up corporate coastal and river clean ups for employees to participate in.
Aramark has implemented an initiative to reduce single use plastic in over 19 countries they serve. This equates to approximately 2 billion meals between all the locations from schools, offices, sports venues and hospitals that they serve. Aramark has already begun the process of reducing plastics by phasing out straws, stirrers, bags, cutlery and other packaging material, and offering reusable alternatives. The company estimates a decrease of approximately 60% of plastic straws by 2020, 100 million fewer straws in the U.S. alone.
Brookfield Renewable Partners has a variety of hydroelectric facilities across Canada and the U.S., all of which are certified having met the strict requirements of the Ecologo Program. In addition to the Ecologo Program, the company has received a Low Impact Hydropower Institute Certification (LIHI) in their 52 hydro facilities in the New York State. This has helped the company avoid or reduce their environmental footprint-based on the LIHI certification criteria.
Bunge joined the UN Global Compact’s Water mandate in 2015, which helps companies to implement water sustainability programs covering a water waste management. The company has structured strict procedures to decrease and avoid harmful impacts on the environment, and reuse and recycle in their processes, products, and services. Bunge has a 10-year plan to reduce their footprint by 2026. Currently the company is on pace to reach their 10% target to reduce water consumption, and to help support sustainable aquaculture.
CVS has committed to supplying goods that meet requirements for sustainability food and product packaging, this includes keeping out unwanted harmful environmental ingredients. The company is a member of Sustainability Packaging Coalition and Ocean Conservancy, helping support their customers needs in promoting sustainability. Through a partnership with Trash Free Seas Alliance, they have led International Coastal Cleanups, resulting in over 2 million pieces of trash from coastlines in 2018.
IBM has strict policies in disposing hazardous and nonhazardous waste. The company uses their technology to contain any contaminated hazardous water, before they are released into the environment. Through this effort, IBM has seen a 16 percent decrease of hazardous waste generated since 2017. The company has set up retrieval methods that recover nonhazardous material including plastics, metals and glass that can be funneled back into their aqueous treatment, filtration and neutralization treatment methods.
Mowi ASA have created internal campaigns to develop significant waste management procedures to regulate and decrease the use plastics within the company. They have listed efficient and sustainable fish feed, climate friendly food production, fish health and robustness to ensure fish welfare as their most valuable drivers relating to the company’s material. These drivers are the stepping stones for them to lessen their ecological impact and overcome plastic waste. Mowi is an advocate for several of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting Life Below Water as one of the key initiatives they focus on.
Novozymes has partnered with companies to address waste management procedures. Currently, the program ensures waste for over 110,00 homes are properly recycled and converted into biogas. The company prevents the material entering oceans through sewage disposal, and uses their resources to convert the waste into green power. Through this process Novozymes AS has helped power 9,500 households, equaling approximately 5 MW of electricity.
Ormat Technologies operates in 30 countries around the world and is close to achieving their target goal of zero emissions. The company helps their customers optimize their electricity use and lower their carbon footprint. Their ability to reduce and eliminate emission protects the toxins from raising ocean acidity. The company’s products include geothermal energy, energy recovery processes which aide in preventing the rise in PH levels in the ocean ecosystem.