Sustainable Investing

Every day our environmental and social credentials are tested as consumers and citizens, but now you can have a voice as an investor by investing in sustainable companies.

A socially responsible investment portfolio enables investors to align their personal values with their money.

Many investors believe that we ‘owe it to our grandchildren’ to look after the planet and to set a better example of how we conduct ourselves as a society. Whether it’s the VW emissions scandal, Nestle’s use of child labour or reducing fossil fuel emissions, investors around the world have strong opinions and they want to back companies that take their social responsibilities seriously by investing in a sustainable future. 

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Types of Sustainable Investing

We believe every investor should have the choice to invest in environmental sustainability. Our sustainable investing strategies take a responsible approach by balancing the need for a robust investment return with environmental and social responsibility objectives, along with sound governance. Through a rigorous screening process, investors have the benefit of a greener, more socially responsible investment portfolio. We can prove that it is possible to do well by doing good.

Environmentally Responsible Investing (ERI)

It’s now possible to build a diversified investment portfolio that eliminates companies with fossil fuel reserves and significantly reduces current emissions. We also focus on responsible land use and environmental waste, and toxic spills. When combined, these factors significantly reduce exposure to companies with poor environmental records and reliance on fossil fuels.

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

Most people are unaware that their portfolio holds stocks that manufacture weapons of war and hand-guns, use child labour or produce pornography. Given the chance, many investors will take the opportunity to eliminate these companies from their portfolio. The good news is that it is now possible through our socially responsible screens.

Better Governance

Research suggests that the best run companies also provide the best investment returns, so a focus on responsible, well run companies that align community and shareholder expectations become more attractive investments.

Environmental

Carbon emissions | Land use | Forestry | Biodiversity Toxic spills | Waste | Water use

Socially Responsible

Gambling | Weapons and landmines | Child labour | Adult entertainment | Alcohol and tobacco | Factory farming

Governance

Shareholder representation | Community engagement | Ensuring Boards act responsibly | Aligning pay and performance | Conflicts of interest

Sustainable Investing

Talk to our portfolio planning and management specialists to find out more about our environmentally responsible investing options

Sustainable Investing FAQ

Sustainable investing is sometimes known as socially responsible investing, ethical, green or impact investing. Simply put, sustainable investing considers an investment’s impact on the environment and society, as well as its ability to generate competitive returns.

Sustainable investing enables investors to align their personal values with their money. The growth and value of this type of investment has grown significantly.

Research suggests that the best run companies also provide the best investment returns, so focusing on responsible companies that align community and shareholder expectations is an attractive investment.

Sustainable funds use environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to evaluate investment and societal impacts. They may pursue an environmental theme or aim to create social impact.

Socially responsible investments can be made into companies with strong social values, or with a socially conscious mutual fund or exchange-traded fund. Research or a qualified financial adviser can help you with these investment decisions.

Environmental and social benefits aside, current market conditions contribute to a rise in sustainable investing and its’ performance. Large companies are shifting towards sustainable investing as it is used to manage risk in turbulent times.