Finding new partners in the global fight against Big Tobacco

06 Apr 2021
Sarah Clarke

Finding new partners in the global fight against Big Tobacco

 

Dr Bronwyn King AO, CEO and Gail Hurley, UK & Europe Advocate

Are you inadvertently investing in tobacco companies? Watch Dr King and Gail Hurley describe the mission to broker innovative partnerships between the health sector and the finance industry – to bridge the staggering gap between those who suffer from tobacco and those who profit from it.

With a small but mighty team, Tobacco Free Portfolios launched the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge at United Nations’ headquarters in New York in 2018. To date, there are 160 Signatories with combined assets of US$11.4 trillionincluding some of the world’s largest pension plans, banks, insurers and asset managers.

This pivotal work was described by Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization as “the missing piece of global tobacco control” and provides renewed hope that the tobacco epidemic can one day be brought to an end.