Ethical Investing

If you want to make a positive difference, consider sustainable investing

Climate change & the environment

As concerns about climate change and the environment become more prevalent many people are starting to consider their own personal impact.

If you are a person who wants to make a positive difference, your money, investments and pensions could all benefit from sustainable investing.

ESG investment considerations

ESG investing considers Environment, Social and Governance factors when considering investment opportunities. It can also be referred to as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Sustainable Investing, Impact investing or values based investing.

Environmental factors include

  • Climate change and carbon emissions
  • Air and water pollution
  • Biodiversity
  • Deforestation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste management
  • Water scarcity

Social factors include

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Gender and diversity
  • Employee engagement
  • Community relations
  • Human rights
  • Labour standards

Governance factors include

  • Board composition
  • Audit committee structure
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Executive compensation
  • Lobbying
  • Political contributions
  • Whistle-blower schemes

The United Nations Sustainable development goals were launched in 2015 and comprise 17 goals which target key objectives for economic, social and environmental development. These goals have been one of the driving forces behind the concept of ESG investing.

So much so that more than $21.4 trillion in global assets are invested sustainably and 71% of individual investors are interested in the topic.

50 shades of Green

Everyone’s definition of ethical is different and so is true in relation to the number and types of green investment funds available. Funds can positively screen, i.e. only invest in companies that aid climate change for example or funds can negatively screen, i.e. exclude investment in companies that are involved with arms or pornography.

It is therefore important for us to understand what’s important for you as an investor.  

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