Many people are unknowingly contributing to what the World Health Organisation has described as a global tobacco epidemic.
Most pension fund members are invested in default investment options, which unbeknown to them, are invested in tobacco companies. Such financial support of the tobacco industry stands in sharp contrast to the efforts of the global health sector to advance tobacco control and the commitment demonstrated by 180 governments that have signed the UN Tobacco Treaty.
The Tobacco-Free Pledge for the Finance Sector
In order to harness the momentum in tobacco-free investment, Tobacco Free Portfolios is leading a global initiative to launch a Tobacco-Free Investment Pledge in 2017.
The objective of The Tobacco-Free Pledge is to encourage financial institutions to learn about the tobacco epidemic and reflect on and reconsider their business relationships with the tobacco industry. Signatories would include Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds, Insurers, Banks, Asset Consultants and Fund Managers.
To find out more about this initiative or express interest in becoming a regional sponsor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tobacco-Free Pledge for Public Health Leaders
Collaboration across sectors is essential to address the world’s tobacco epidemic. As a leader in public health you can assist in promoting tobacco-free investment by:
- Engaging with the finance sector: Tobacco Free Portfolios has a Toolkit regarding how to inform and educate finance leaders about the case for tobacco-free investment. We also run Advocacy Workshops at select global events. Please register your interest in receiving a toolkit or attending a workshop at email@example.com
- Sponsor: Sponsor an individual to join Tobacco Free Portfolios to champion tobacco-free investment in your country or region. We welcome secondments to our team. We prefer practicing or former physicians or leaders in public health. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on candidate criteria and the role description.
- Tobacco Free Portfolios Supporter Badge for health groups: Health groups that support our work are invited to demonstrate support with the Tobacco Free Portfolios Supporter Badge. Please contact us at email@example.com to receive a briefing on this initiative and the Badge.