Profit is only the beginning. When we invest, we should expect more than financial returns.
See why it pays to look further.
The way we direct capital not only shapes the financial returns we may achieve, but also the type of impact we have on the world.
Sustainable companies can have a positive impact on society and the environment. What’s more, their business models are more resilient and better placed to support long-term growth. So sustainable investing makes both investment and social sense.
Sustainable investing looks not only at what profits a company generates but how it generates them. This involves a fundamental shift in how companies are viewed and valued. Understanding the impact they have on society and the planet is crucial in determining their true costs. This is because negative activities are risks that can translate into a financial cost to a company. Identifying these risks means we can calculate their impact-adjusted profits.
This is the foundation of how we invest. Alongside risk and return, we consider a third dimension – impact risk – which is embedded into the investment process. Only by considering these three pillars together can we uncover a company’s real investment potential.
impactIQ is our set of tools that measure the impact that companies have on society and the environment. Used as part of our investment process, impactIQ examines the externalities of companies, the risks that unsustainable practices pose to their business, as well as their overall alignment with the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
Active ownership is a core part of sustainable investing. A regular and active dialogue with business leaders provides us with an extra dimension of understanding of how a company operates and its intentions. This is something that financial data alone cannot identify. We engage with the companies we invest in to help them transition towards a more sustainable business model.
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