Ocean health is in focus for money management firms' own sustainable efforts in the U.K.
To remind its employees about unnecessary single-use plastic waste, Schroders PLC installed four turtles made of plastic at its London headquarters.
The firm's employees spent a couple of weeks collecting three large garbage bags worth of plastic items from its London home, including plastic bottles, yogurt cups and drink stirrers as the firm seeks to completely replace single-use plastic items with sustainable alternatives at its offices globally.
The firm then had the plastic turned into the turtle figures.
"We are aware that building a sustainable world requires a combined effort from us as employees, investors and as a company,'' said Jessica Ground, Schroders' global head of stewardship, in a news release. " By transforming attitudes, behaviors and practices regarding the use and value of plastics, we are hoping to significantly reduce our own usage of single-use plastic, as well as supporting society's broader efforts to do so."
The turtles will accompany Schroders to outings with institutional clients for the rest of the year to represent the plastic floating on the surface of the ocean water — the pollutant commonly mistaken by turtles for jellyfish, which they feed on.
The firm also has plans to support Plastic Oceans U.K., a charity that works to stop plastic from reaching the sea.