Matt Crossman of Rathbones Investment Management believes capitalism is under huge pressure for change, and argues sustainable finance can be a key part of the solution
Mike Sheen and Lauren Mason of Investment Week - BusinessGreen's sister title - sit down for a special festive edition of their regular podcast The Top Down, in which they chat to Matt Crossman, stewardship director at Rathbones Investment Management, about the concept of 'responsible capitalism'.
Crossman believes capitalism is under pressure like never before, highlighting major social movements such as Extinction Rebellion and its mantra calling for "system change, not climate change".
But he argues that despite its current faults and failings, if capitalism is fully aligned with purpose, social responsibility and long-term thinking, it can in fact deliver huge societal benefits in a way no other system can.
Responsible capitalism, Crossman believes, is in everyone's best interests and can help shift move markets to tackle the climate emergency. He therefore calls on investors to integrate environmental social governance (ESG) factors into their in decision making, and for business to affirm the benefits of responsible capitalism to their stakeholders.
Crossman also explains how a major uptake in the UK's investment stewardship code - which takes effect from January 2020 - and the development of clear investment product labelling can together help foster wider sustainable investment behaviour both among consumers and within the financial sector alike.
This podcast originally appeared at Investment Week