Ethical Team supported the launch of a new investment trust that not only aims to deliver a financial return, but also create a better world. With sustainable investments quickly becoming mainstream, it is now the time to invest sustainably. Investors of some of the world’s biggest pension funds, insurers and asset managers managing $32tn issued a blunt warning to governments at the UN climate summit in December 2019. The financial markets must address climate change as the critical enabler of a low carbon world. As the world now counts down to the next annual meeting of industry leaders in Davos, the discourse for business must shift from accountability to an age of action.
Until now, most of the funds investing for social and environmental impact (‘impact investing’) have been the exclusive preserve of big institutional investors, such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.
But now Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), one of the world’s top ten managers of private market assets and a leader in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, has come up with a novel approach to opening up the market in companies with a sustainable method to doing business.
By democratising sustainability investment, ASI is giving those with a rising awareness of global warming, where their clothes are produced, what’s in our food and the plastic polluting our seas, the opportunity to invest in companies that produce innovative solutions.