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November 16, 2020updated 30 Nov 2020 12:54pm

Lombard Odier launches Royal Family-approved Natural Capital strategy

By Patrick Brusnahan

Lombard Odier has launched its Natural Capital strategy, backed by Prince Charles of the Royal Family. For the first time, there is opportunity to invest in public companies that leverage nature.

The Natural Capital strategy is a global equity fund inspired by the Prince of Wales. It was developed alongside the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, established under his Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Furthermore, the Natural Capital strategy is part of the bank’s Climate Transition strategy to move towards a CLIC (circular, lean, inclusive, and clean) economic model. The portfolio of 40-50 companies will focus on publicly listed, small to mid-sized companies in North America, Europe, and Asia.

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, said: “We need to accelerate our efforts and set the course for a sustainable future rooted in a new economic model – in other words, a circular bioeconomy that puts Nature and the restoration of Natural Capital at the centre of the entire process. Building a sustainable future is, in fact, the growth story of our time. If we are to drive global economic growth, it is imperative that we value and invest in our natural capital. This is why I am enormously encouraged to see that, under my Sustainable Markets Initiative, the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance is working hand-in-hand to support the Natural Capital Strategy developed by Lombard Odier.”

Hubert Keller, managing partner of Lombard Odier Group and CEO of Lombard Odier IM, added: “The investment industry, which represents $120 trillion of capital, will always seek returns as a primary objective. Today some of the most convincing returns opportunities lie in the transition to a more sustainable economic model, putting climate transition and nature centre stage.

“That is why we are launching the first Natural Capital Strategy, inspired by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and in collaboration with the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance. By investing in companies that align their business models to the concept of Harnessing or Preserving Nature, our Natural Capital strategy has identified an untapped investment opportunity – one that we believe will deliver strong returns for investors and help accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy.”

In addition, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, the asset management business of the Lombard Odier Group, has extended its partnership with Bloomberg to streamline investment and risk management.

Under the new tie-up, the asset manager will leverage Bloomberg’s PORT Enterprise solution to support its portfolio and risk management across multiple assets classes.

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