What is responsible investment?

Responsible investment covers any investment process combining investors’ financial objectives with considerations about sustainability issues

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Responsible investment is taking centre stage because investors want to

Better manage risk…and not just financial risk

Sustainability factors – particularly environmental and social issues – are now considered both critical and material in determining risk and return.

Build value, financial and beyond

Responsible investment strategies can help identify sustainable companies, products and investment themes that create value and better returns for stakeholders over the long term.

As an individual, what does it mean?

A responsible investor takes into consideration the long-term influence of environmental, social and other non-financial factors into their investment decision-making.

A responsible investor factors in the impact that the company or investment will have, beyond its bottom line, on the world in which it operates.

A responsible investor aligns the investment decision with certain values and priorities, while recognizing the need to deliver a financial return.

But what does this mean in practice?

There are many different ways to be a responsible investor.  Everybody’s vision, strategy and approach can be and is different.

For example:

  • You may choose to exclude particular companies, sectors or funds – such as fossil fuel companies or tobacco manufacturers – because of their impact on the environment or other stakeholders such as consumers or local communities.
  • You may choose to select particular companies, sectors or funds – such as renewable energy producers or companies providing healthcare in rural communities – because of their contribution to societies and economies.

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