The way we produce and consume materials creates a variety of environmental, social and economic challenges. Ranging from deplorable labour conditions and shadowy trade flows to pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss. We must establish a resource management system that conserves resources across their entire lifecycle and revitalises the natural systems they are a part of.
This transition entails a fundamental change of our current production and consumption practices and in the way we extract, produce, use, and dispose of goods and materials. It can only be achieved if supported by a change in mindset, leading us to intrinsically value the things we use and produce, as well as the natural environment that surrounds us. These values should be reflected in all supply chain processes, technologies, business models and business practices.
This holistic view forms the base of our investment strategy and is further explained in Triodos Bank’s vision paper on a circular and regenerative resource transition, which will be published in early 2024.