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Why Hasn’t Sustainable Investing Gone Viral Yet?

With Leonardo DiCaprio raising awareness on climate change, Emma Watson advocating for gender equality and Matt Damon co-founding a company to address water scarcity, sustainability has gone mainstream. So what has prevented this movement from extending further into the financial markets? Let’s first look at what sustainability looks like in financial terms. In sustainable investing,

Socially discerning investing can bring both monetary and ethical rewards if done right

Under its various identities, sustainable, responsible, impact investing is growing rapidly as more people seek to align their personal values with their investments. According to the U.S. Forum on Sustainable Investing, investors now emphasize social and environmental issues across $12 trillion of professionally managed assets. This represents a 38% increase since 2016. Approximately one out

How to relax and learn to love sustainable investing

Sustainable investing, SRI, ESG, green funds… the jargon used to describe the concept of investing using ethical and sustainability considerations continues to grow, and with it so does the confusion around the topic. Experts themselves often struggle to provide clear definitions and terms are used interchangeably, making this area a minefield for investors. Lee Qian,

From SRI to ESG, values-aligned investing has many names. Let’s decode the lingo

Values-aligned investing is called by many different names, which are commonly misused or misunderstood by investors. Let me decode the lingo, because a shared understanding of the terminology makes this type of investing more accessible to advisors and investors alike. Please note that there are no universally agreed upon definitions among professionals, and everyone uses

Sustainable investing can be unconstrained rather than restrictive

The evolution of envi­ronmental, social and governance (ESG) measures over the past 30 years has enabled a broader opportunity to under­stand the long-term sustaina­bility of global companies. In particular, over the past five years, the harmonisation and reliability of available ESG data has improved to the extent that fund managers can now assess the alpha

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