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Ethical funds are increasingly focused on the new UN sustainable development goals

Ethical investing has seen a boom in popularity over the past year with savers piling into so-called environmental, social and governance or 'ESG' funds. In Europe, 290 ESG-oriented funds were launched last year while in the US, total assets under management in sustainable investments more than doubled from approximately $40billion (£32.5billion) in 2013 to almost $90billion

What counts as a “green” investment, anyway?

The European Union says that the region needs an additional €175-290 billion in private investment a year (pdf) to become a “climate-neutral” economy by 2050. (That’s $199-330 billion.) That may sound like a lot, but it barely puts a dent in the $5-7 trillion that the UN thinks is needed every year to achieve its Sustainable Development

A More Enlightened Approach to SDG Investing

We’ve been reading Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker’s recent book that Bill Gates called in his blog, “my new favorite book of all time.” We can see why: Pinker argues that the ideals of the Enlightenment—all centered on reason—brought the world untold progress and can help us make progress against the

Investing for impact: profit with purpose

There is a spectrum of approaches to responsible investing, from excluding companies that fail certain criteria, through full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the investment process, and up to strategies that target specific sustainability-oriented themes such as renewable energy. If non-financial goals are as important to you as financial returns, you

Driving capital to impact investing with an eye on 2030

In July, several aid groups came together to tackle what the United Nations called the biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II: More than 20 million people in 10 African countries were at risk of famine. Aid groups pulled together under the umbrella of the Global Emergency Response Coalition and went to

Obsession with ending poverty is where development is going wrong

How can we alleviate extreme poverty? It’s the question that underpins the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), and almost all development projects. Because poverty almost always shows itself as a lack of resources in poor communities – food, safe water, sanitation, education, healthcare – it’s reasonable to theorise that poverty is a resource problem. So,