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What is ESG Investing?

Ethical Investing aims to exclude profiting from activities that are considered harmful to society and the environment and to invest in organisations, companies and projects that are committed to operating in a way that is sustainable for the future.

Environmental

Investors, consumers and governments are placing renewed emphasis on climate change and sustainability. This factor examines the extent to which a company is taking a ‘green’ approach.

Social

This examines how the company manages its relationships with people including employees, suppliers, customers and local communities. In terms of employees, this criteria might include whether a business has any diversity or inclusiveness policies, or how it treats its sta!.

Governance

When it comes to assessing a company’s governance, common criteria can include whether it uses open and transparent accounting practices or whether shareholders can vote on important decisions. It also looks at how much it pays its board, including bonuses, board diversity, and how much it spends on developing new products and services. Factors include business ethics, corruption and political instability, conflicts of interest, and tax transparency

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Sustainable Development Goals

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In 2015 the United Nations set out a plan for a safer and more prosperous planet by 2030. A significant part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We believe that businesses that offer solutions to navigate emerging challenges and provide innovative technology are likely to prove resilient over the long term. As a consequence, we seek out investment strategies that support alignment with the SDGs and are positioned to avoid the risks, including ESG risks, and take advantage of the opportunities posed by a changing planet.

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ESG investments typically support:

• Circular economy
• Clean energy
• Conservation of natural resources
• Energy efficiency
• Recycling
• Sustainable infrastructure
• Sustainable transport

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ESG investments typically avoids:

• Alcohol
• Armaments and military contracting
• Gambling
• Poor labour standards
• Tobacco
• Unhealthy foods
• Air freight 8 Coal
• Mining
• Oil majors

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