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Socially responsible investing

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Page Author: Evan Hughes QFA CFP

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E.S.G issues


  • climate change

  • resource depletion

  • waste

  • pollution

  • deforestation


  • human rights

  • modern slavery

  • child labour

  • working conditions

  • employee relations


  • corruption

  • executive pay

  • board diversity

  • political lobbying

  • tax strategy

Ethical fund managers seek to address these issues through active management, negative screening, and collaboration with companies as shareholders

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice



Ethical returns are lower than traditional funds?
Growing evidence shows that over the long term, ethical funds can out-perform traditional funds
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Ethical funds are simply wind farms?
Ethical funds are well diversified and can reduce risk further by screening out risk attributed to negative E.S.G. practices
Charges on ethical funds are higher?
As more than $30 billion has flowed into E.S.G. funds over the last 20+ years, economies of scale have reduced charges on ethical funds

Further Resources


The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.





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The P.R.I. works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions.


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Keep up to date with the latest articles on E.S.G, S.R.I, and Impact investing. Search the database of posts to find previous articles and real world examples of Ethical investing in action.

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