Impact investing means investing in companies that aim to deliver meaningful societal outcomes by addressing the world’s major societal and environmental challenges, while at the same time producing a financial return.
Avoid companies in ‘sin sectors’ such as alchohol, tobacco and pornography - a range that many funds have expanded today to include fossil fuels.
Invest in companies across a wide range of industries, giving weight to those that score well on environmental, social and governance issues.
Invest in companies that explicitly aim to have a positive impact on the societal and environmental issues that face the world. In our approach to impact investing, every company must demonstrate measurable benefits. For example, investments might show CO2 emissions saving in tonnes.
Our impact team, representing a wide range of expertise, from fund managers, impact analysts and sector specialists, are dedicated to putting your assets to work, aiming to generate strong returns while also delivering clear benefits to society and the planet.
Selection begins with a global universe of stocks, which is initially screened for minimum liquidity and market-cap criteria, as well as screening out any companies deemed to be in breach of the UN Global Compact principles on human rights, as well as any sin stocks.
The remaining stocks are scored on their III credentials, and require above average results for inclusion in a fund’s watch-list, as well as consensus agreement of a company’s merit from all members.
We have designed a framework that scores companies on their investment, intention and impact (III). We only choose companies that score highly across all three categories.
Find out more about our approach to responsible investing.
The value of the fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested.