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My Daily Digest: May 4, 2021

Data speaks for itself There’s been a bit of a mantra in New Zealand food circles that we need to tell our story better to consumers in order to flourish.

More and more, though, other people are telling the story for us, through data.

The stock exchange, in partnership with S&P, yesterday unveiled a carbon efficiency index that ranks listed companies according to their emissions.

They say it’s due to the ever-increasing demand from investors for more information about the impact industry has on the environment.

That index will be packaged up by fund providers and marketed to investors. This leads to an important question. Will NZ food producers be able to access the full breadth of investor capital in the future?

S&P’s global head of ESG Indices Reid Steadman said there was “rising demand from asset owners and investors for benchmarks that take into account companies’ carbon impacts”.

Perhaps our focus should not be on telling the story but on doing the work to make it easier for others to tell – through the data.


Bryan Gibson


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