Sustainable investing

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Why it makes sense to invest in companies with a healthy gender balance

Sustainable investing – where investors focus on socially conscious investments that aim to build a better world – has been gaining traction over the past few decades. In 2016, one dollar in every five was invested ethically, totalling $8.7 trillion (Dh31.95tn), according to the SIF Foundation, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing based in

The Continued Growth of Sustainable Investing

With $12 trillion now invested in the United States, sustainable investing is not just a trend, it's becoming part of the fabric of investing. That's my take after reading the Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2018, just released by the US SIF Foundation. At the beginning of the year, according to the

Don’t Just Vote For Change, Invest For Change

You voted. You may have knocked on doors, wrote postcards, made phone calls and donated money. You were committed to making a difference in your district or your state. Here’s another area where you can make a difference: your investment accounts. Your investments can be a powerful way to support the issues that matter to

Why it’s now easy being green in the bond world

I've written before about recent developments in fixed income sustainable investing, such as the increasing availability of ESG-focused bond indexes. Today I want to talk about a lesser known segment of the sustainable market: green bonds.  And once again I wanted to invite in one of BlackRock's experts to help me explain the topic.  Please join me

Does Impact Investing Have A Data Problem?

Interest in investing in environmentally and socially responsible companies has surged in recent years, in part because of the tastes of purpose-minded millennials—but also because there’s mounting evidence that these companies are, in fact, better investments. That’s good news for the planet, but a more sustainability-minded financial system is hardly a given. A panel of

US Investors Slow to Adopt Sustainable Investing

The U.S. has the lowest adoption rate of sustainable investing among 10 major markets at 12% of investors, compared with 39% globally, according to the latest edition of the UBS Investor Watch report. China, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Italy lead the charge, with 60%, 53%, 53% and 51% of investors, respectively, reporting sustainable investment

Sustainable investing is attracting strong support

Sustainable investing is experiencing strong demand from investors as sustainability themed investments start to demonstrate outperformance over traditional non-sustainable assets. This is coupled with increasing demand from Millennial investors looking to align their choice of asset classes with their environmental and social values, and with long-term trusted fund managers. The combination of both profit and

Hurricane Florence Hands a Megaphone to Supporters of Sustainable Investing

As Hurricane Florence made landfall and followed a path projected to move across the Carolinas on Friday, advocates of sustainable investing sought to draw renewed attention to climate change and the benefits of aligning capital to combat a warming planet. Climate change has long been a major theme for advocates of so-called ESG investing, which incorporates environmental,

Sustainable investing: can you do well by doing good?

Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund is set to divest from fossil fuel stocks, the Church of Ireland has pledged to do likewise by 2022, while Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, doesn’t invest in tobacco shares and has proposed steering clear of oil and gas stocks. Sustainable investment is becoming increasingly mainstream, but

Sustainable Investing for Institutions: A Case Study

Sustainable investing is at once intuitive and confusing; it seems like the right thing to do, but there are many different ways to do it. It promises a contribution to solving global issues, but perhaps at the expense of investment returns. It represents new risks, opportunities, and ways of doing business in a rapidly changing

Religious Institutions Are Becoming More Involved in Sustainable Investing

The roots of sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) can be traced back to religious movements. As early as the 18th century John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, recognised the extent to which the use of money was the second most important aspect of New Testament teachings. Quakers are often considered the founders of SRI and

5 Things About Sustainable Investing in the First Half of 2018

The first big thing about sustainable investing came along in January, when the head of BlackRock--the world's largest asset manager--urged CEOs to think long term, benefit all their stakeholders, and make a positive contribution to society. In so doing, Fink was not urging them to make less money. Just the opposite, he was urging them

ESG Investing: The New Frontier for Investors

Sometimes referred to as “sustainable investing” or “ethical investing”, ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) investing is an umbrella term for those investments that, in addition to aiming for positive returns, seek to have a positive and sustainable impact on the environment, society and business performance. ESG investors, therefore, will usually evaluate a company by

4 Practical Tips To Help You Get Started With Sustainable Investing

Current events and the political climate have inspired many people to invest in a way that can make a difference.  According to the Wall Street Journal, after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris climate accord, investors moved money into sustainable funds. Morningstar's Jon Hale reported on Mediumthat millions of dollars flowed into environmental, social and governance (ESG)

Interested in Sustainable Investing? 6 Questions Before You Make a Move

"How do I know if my mutual funds own companies that make X?"  "How can I get companies that make X out of my portfolio?" Whether it's tobacco makers following the loss of a loved one to lung cancer or gun stocks after a mass shooting, many investors are motivated by traumatic events to take

Doing well by doing good 2018: Bigger strides for sustainable investing

This year saw more governments and businesses than ever before put the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of their development plans. As 2018 begins, how on track is implementation of the 2030 global goals, and what does 2018 hold for sustainable investment? Despite major advances, the UN's 2017 annual progress report on SDGs warned that unless the

Seeking maximum ethical impact

The 21st century appears to have delivered a perfect storm of economic uncertainty, social upheaval and environmental change. Many people are questioning whether the traditional approach to investment, which has advocated the accumulation of wealth at almost any cost, is too one dimensional. Can such a singled-minded objective really insulate anyone from the huge challenges