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Time for industry to act as force for change

2020 will be the year that holds a mirror up to us all. We will be asked ever more challenging and fundamental questions about our purpose and what we want for our world.

But as Abraham Lincoln declared in the midst of the Civil War: “The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion.

“As our case is new, we must think anew and act anew.”

If, as I predict, the ‘COP26 effect’ succeeds in changing behaviour and practices across institutions, we will be infinitely better for it.

Saker Nusseibeh is chief executive of Hermes Investment Management