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Whilst not everyone is yet declaring a “climate emergency”, most people now recognise that the global economy is not on a particularly sustainable trajectory. Recent news from Nestle – that they aim to be “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - shows that what might have seemed a “fringe” idea a few years ago, is now mainstream.
There are many different ways of interpreting what Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) really means. The job of investors looking at ESG must be to find a fund or investment trust which is aligned with their own specific values, irrespective of the marketing document or industry sector it belongs to. We believe an increasing number of “mainstream” funds will be suitable for ESG investors, depending on what their requirements are.
We have developed a framework which we anticipate using going forward which will, we hope, help our readers navigate the ESG maze a little better. Using this framework, we hope to provide a clearer picture of how funds might fit as a potential ESG investment. Our aim is to help highlight which funds match the ESG aims and objectives of investors, whilst at the same time providing strong investment returns.
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