Jul 23, 2020 (Financial News Media via COMTEX) -- FN Media Group Presents Oilprice.com Market Commentary
London - July 23, 2020 – In just a few months, COVID-19 has upended the world as we know it. Since the outbreak, over 130,000 U.S. citizens have lost their lives to the virus, while over three million have contracted it. And despite constant study by the world's foremost researchers and health experts, still no one has yet been able to determine how contagious it is... exactly how it spreads... or what the long-term health impacts are. And scientists have so far been unable to create a vaccine. Mentioned in today's commentary includes: Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -4.19% , Berkshire Hathaway Inc. , NVIDIA Corporation /zigman2/quotes/200467500/composite NVDA -4.07% , NextEra Energy, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200558509/composite NEE -1.71% , Twitter, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR +6.08%
Presently, folks in the health and pharmaceutical space are actively researching and developing treatments and potential vaccines for the virus. In fact, nine pharma companies are currently racing to be the first to a COVID-19 vaccine.
But the real heroes of the COVID-19 crisis could come out of the technology space, as organizations are using their resources to focus on tracking and helping prevent the future spread of the virus…
Just recently, the Ministry of Ontario, Canada voiced booming support for the technology, saying it could be pivotal for the government's own COVID alert systems.
A simple idea with lifesaving implications...
Developed in partnership with the University of Waterloo, TraceSCAN uses Bluetooth technology to track contact between its users, in order to identify who may have been exposed to positive COVID-19 cases within its member base. Any user who is identified receives an immediate notification so they can take steps to isolate and/or seek treatment right away.
But the company didn't stop there... It also developed inexpensive Bluetooth wearables in an effort to make the technology as accessible as possible. The Ministry of Ontario specifically noted in its announcement that the integration of wearables could be incredibly useful in workplaces where mobile accessibility is limited (think everywhere from healthcare facilities to construction sites to sporting venues).
This isn't the first major endorsement the tech has received: Back in May, the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) said it planned to adopt the TraceSCAN app in an effort to protect its 130,000 members from the spread of COVID-19.
A millennial-driven megatrend...
As baby boomers enter their retirement years, millennials are hitting the market. And according to Morgan Stanley, millennial investors are twice as likely than others surveyed to invest in social and environmental causes they support... with 75% of millennial respondents saying they believe their investments could directly impact climate change, and 84% saying they believe the same about alleviating poverty.
This is why some of millennials' favorite investors are green energy companies like NextEra Energy (NEE). NextEra is literally building the path towards sustainability. To make matters more exciting, the company was the number one capital investor in green energy infrastructure, and the fifth largest investor across all sectors.
In addition to its already massive impact combatting the world's looming climate crisis, it has ambitions of investing an additional $55 billion in infrastructure in the next two years in the United States. And while it helps deploy the world's new energy reality, it has also committed to weaning itself off foreign oil. And shareholders are all in. Over the past 15 years, shareholders have seen 945% returns.
Millennials are also going all-in on technology. From hardware producers like Apple (AAPL) and NVIDIA (NVDA) to social media giants like Twitter (TWTR), millennials are putting their money in what they believe in.
Apple has made significant moves towards renewables. All of Apple's operations run on 100% renewable energy. “We proved that 100 percent renewable is 100 percent doable. All our facilities worldwide--including Apple offices, retail stores, and data centers--are now powered entirely by clean energy. But this is just the beginning of how we're reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. We're continuing to go further than most companies in measuring our carbon footprint, including manufacturing and product use. And we're making great progress in those areas too,” CEO Tim Cook explained.
Like Apple, NVIDIA has made major progress towards a greener tomorrow. But what makes NVIDIA even more special is that it is tackling the ESG trend on all fronts. In fact, it was ranked as one of the world's top 100 companies to work for due to its incredible working conditions, hiring practices and professional development programs. In addition to its ranking as one of the world's top companies to work for, it was also ranked on MIT Tech Review's 50 Smartest Companies list and the Human Rights Watch's Corporate Equality Index.
Twitter, for its part, has gained great esteem among millennials due to its vocal stance on climate change, equality and internet safety. Twitter works with a number of nongovernmental organizations to help encourage action to protect environmental conservation and promote equal opportunity, particularly in the tech, engineering, arts, mathematics, and scientific fields. The company also puts its money behind its beliefs, donating millions to organizations across the globe that are 'fighting the good fight.'
Millennials are even getting behind the behemoths of yesteryear, such as Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B). While Berkshire Hathaway isn't widely acknowledged as an ESG company, millennials are buying in because of its massive holdings in other Generation Y favorites such as Apple, Amazon, and Coca Cola. Not to mention, the company is helmed by investing legend Warren Buffet whose track record speaks for itself.
But it's not just millennials who are turning up for ESG investments... According to the study, 75% of all investors are interested in sustainable investing, with 71% saying they believe sustainable investments could have better long-term prospects. What's more, some experts believe COVID-19 is about to fuel the fire of this already raging mega-trend.
Facedrive is already emerging as a leader in the social conscientiousness revolution...
The company believes, above all else, in its mission of "putting people and the planet first." It leads several green initiatives, supports multiple causes, and is quickly gaining a reputation as an emerging leader in the Canadian environmental, social, and governance (ESG) market.
To start, it's the first ridesharing company that lets riders opt for eco-friendly vehicle options (electric vehicles and hybrids) and view data on the environmental impact of their rides. Also, a percentage of all the collected rideshare costs go directly to green initiatives, like planting trees. This is huge, considering the fact that research shows traditional ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft put out 69% more emissions than the transportation options they're replacing. As ESG investing continues gaining momentum… Facedrive is likely to take home a big slice of that pie.