The Business of Bees: An Integrated Approach to Bee Decline and Corporate Responsibility

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With bee populations increasingly at risk, The Business of Bees: An Integrated Approach to Bee Decline and Corporate Responsibility, edited by Jill Atkins and Barry Atkins, provides an integrated account of how bee decline, consumers, companies, investors and stock markets are interconnected.

In Chapter Nine, Raj Thamotheram and Olivia Stewart map out an investment system based on fiduciary capitalism which emphasises long-term thinking, loyalty and a duty of care. The authors argue that such a system would be better equipped for dealing with systemic risks such as bee decline, but ‘[t]he main problem with fiduciary capitalism is that it is not here yet’ (171). Their chapter therefore concludes with a useful section on what investors and other stakeholders need to do to bring about meaningful change. Full book review here.

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