• Patrick Murphy

INVESTING WITH IMPACT

How ESG creates long-term value



It’s no secret that the growth of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments in recent years has been fundamental.


This has largely been fuelled by the climate emergency, leading to growing scrutiny of company practices with some governments mandating a change in companies’ and individuals’ behaviour.


The idea behind ESG investing is that corporations which respect these three pillars in their business practices will achieve long-term value creation.


From tackling climate change, to equal rights and animal welfare – you can select investments based on your values in a way that could help you achieve your long-term financial goals.


APPETITE FOR SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS

COVID-19 has undoubtedly heavily influenced some investors’ agendas, driving a re-evaluation of the environment and ‘what matters most’. Data from ‘The Power of Advice’ report[1] shows how for one in two investors (51%), the pandemic has fuelled their appetite for sustainable investments.


45% went further still, saying that they now only want to invest in ethical companies and funds. In fact, only 11% of the sample (across all generations) said they didn’t intend to invest in ESG investments over the next five years.


YOUNGER PEOPLE HAVE A ‘KEY ROLE TO PLAY’

Furthermore, 39% of clients said they expected to increase the amount they invested in socially responsible investments, 31% maintaining their current level and just 5% decreasing their spend.


Younger people have a ‘key role to play’ in the move towards sustainable investing, according to the report. It revealed younger family members (42%), societal pressures (47%) and media commentary (53%) were the top influences for people considering sustainable investing.


EVERY LEVEL OF BUSINESS DECISION-MAKING

Once upon a time, the concept of ‘sustainability’ was confined to environmental and social issues, but it is now factored in at every level of business decision-making. The awareness of ESG has increased over recent years and these factors are becoming more important in the investment decision-making process of investors.


For many, the pandemic has prompted a change in financial priorities, accelerating the demand for responsible investing.


Source data:

[1] The Power of Advice Report– Pru part of M&G Plc –

https://www.mandg.com/sustainable (2021)


LOOKING TO INVEST FOR A BETTER FUTURE?


We all want to make responsible choices as more of us are becoming aware of global challenges, such as environmental issues, human rights and climate change. In recent years, ESG and ethical investing have moved from niche strategies to a mainstream part of investing. To discuss how we can help you, please contact us.


INFORMATION IS BASED ON OUR CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF TAXATION LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS. ANY LEVELS AND BASES OF, AND RELIEFS FROM, TAXATION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS AND INCOME FROM THEM MAY GO DOWN. YOU MAY NOT GET BACK THE ORIGINAL AMOUNT INVESTED. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT A RELIABLE INDICATOR OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE

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