A Letter to Our Clients
Throughout its 40-year history, Calvert Investments has focused on the unique challenges facing the world today, and how to help our clients find opportunities emerging from forward-thinking leadership and innovative solutions that address our society’s needs. Problems that span international borders include climate change, demand for natural resources, and social inequities. These are issues that no individual can hope to solve alone, but through innovation and collaboration we can help develop a brighter future.
This desire to foster a culture of sustainability found a natural partner in Robert Swan and the 2041 Foundation. A polar explorer and environmentalist, Swan became the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. This experience allowed him to witness, firsthand, the effects of environmental damage on the Polar icecaps. This shaped Swan’s lifetime goal – to work for the preservation of the Antarctic as the last great wilderness on earth. As a result, he founded 2041, an organization dedicated to this goal, named for the year when the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended. One of those expeditions is the International Antarctic Expedition 2016, which brings together people from around the world to “encourage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility to build resilient communities and in doing so, preserve Antarctica.”
As a result, Calvert Investments is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the following young women taking part in the International Antarctic Expedition 2016:
Adila Wahdat, a jewelry designer originally from Kabul, Afghanistan who currently attends Eastern Mennonite University
Gelareh Kiazand, a videographer and director born in Iran
Avani Awasthee, a university student from India
Calvert hopes that in supporting these women on the expedition, they will take the experience and knowledge gained to help improve their own communities when they return.
Join The Expedition
The International Antarctic Expedition 2016 is designed to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility to build resilient communities. It brings together people from across the globe to debate, discuss and determine firsthand the effects of climate change. While the specific itinerary is subject to weather conditions, among other variables, participants can expect an opportunity to see the effects of temperature rise on this most remote of continents
By following along on this journey of a lifetime, you’ll be able to see how responsible stewardship – of finances, of society and of the environment – can help prepare us to face the challenges and opportunities that await.
About the International Antarctic Expedition 2016
The International Antarctic Expedition 2016 is designed to be an exhilarating, unpredictable adventure and a life-changing experience for the international group of men and women joining Robert Swan and the 2041 team. The purpose for this Antarctic Expedition is to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility to build resilient communities and in doing so, preserve Antarctica.
This expedition brings together people from across the globe to debate, discuss and determine firsthand the effects of climate change. Together with a team of expert lecturers, there will be an opportunity to see the effects of temperature rise on this icy and remote continent. Among the activities that participants will engage in include exploring areas within Antarctic Peninsula, such as Cuverville Island, Neko Harbor, Paradise Harbor, the Lemaire Channel, Whaler’s Bay and Brown Bluff.
Click here to learn more about the expedition and its planned itinerary.
Antarctica is the southernmost continent, and the most recently discovered. Ninety-eight percent of the country is covered in ice, and its inhospitable climate and remoteness have made it difficult for humans to explore and exploit. It is the coldest of the continents – the lowest temperature ever recorded on earth, -89.2 degrees Celsius, was recorded at the Russian Vostok station on Antarctica.
Several countries operate and staff year-round, but the continent has remained free from military use. While humanity’s presence is recent and remote, some species of animals can be found on or around the continent. Several species of penguins breed in Antarctica, and whales and other marine wildlife may be found in the surrounding waters.
While several countries have claimed portions of the continent in the past, such claims are not universally recognized and the Antarctic Treaty protects the continent from exploitation by individual nations. Signed in Washington in 1959, among its objectives are to ensure that military operations on the content are prohibited, that scientific investigation and research continues, and set aside disputes over territorial sovereignty.
In the year 2041, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended. The aim of the 2041 Foundation is to work towards the continuing protection of the Antarctic Treaty so that the last great wilderness on earth is never exploited.
About Calvert and Responsible Investing
Throughout its 40-year history, Calvert Investments has been a global leader in responsible investing. This stewardship-based approach analyzes companies based on non-financial information, including their environmental, social, and governance factors, as well as evaluating financial data and information. Calvert focuses on finding companies that demonstrate positive leadership and create impact through their business operations and overall activities, while producing competitive investment returns. The Calvert Principles for Responsible Investment and the Calvert Research System both ensure that investments meet our rigorous standards for inclusion.
Businesses have a key role in fostering positive change. Working with Harvard professor George Serafeim, Calvert has examined how companies are better managing their impacts on society and the environment. As part of its sponsorship, Calvert is outfitting the women with winter clothing from Patagonia and hats from the Montana Sweater Company both businesses with exemplary sustainability practices.
The expedition to Antarctica emphasizes environmental issues, another longtime priority for Calvert. Whether it is taking strong positions on the Paris Climate Agreement or highlighting the challenges presented by the dwindling supply and growing demand for fresh water, Calvert and its subadvisors work to influence companies and society to take actions to help prevent further climate change, influence the progress of the global energy system towards renewable and cleaner fuels, and avoid the exploitation of natural resources.
Calvert also places a strong emphasis on influencing positive social outcomes. The Calvert Women’s Principles provide companies with specific, measurable goals for achieving gender equity in key areas and document the representation of women in their management ranks and on their boards.
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