Sustainable investing refers to investments that balance financial returns with consideration of positive social and environmental impacts. Sustainable investments may utilize negative screening techniques or incorporate ESG factors into traditional financial analyses as well as shareholder engagement or thematic investing to achieve this end.
Start by identifying your values and goals as well as your risk tolerance, then choose sustainable investments that meet those criteria.
Identifying Your Values and Goals
Consider your financial goals and the issues most important to you when developing a sustainable investment strategy. Evaluate your investment time horizon – how long you intend on holding onto investments – which can affect their aggressiveness and may determine which portfolio management strategies best suit you.
Some investors focus on ethical considerations when investing, seeking to avoid companies which cause economic, environmental or social harm. Others may prioritize income generation; making sure their financial decisions match up with their needs and goals.
As you evaluate sustainable investing opportunities, first assess the regulatory environment and disclosure requirements applicable to your industry. Staying up-to-date on changes can impact investments and impact, so stay abreast of them! Next, select an implementation approach tailored to your organization – for instance a sustainable bond or ETF might capture broader market trends like clean energy or circular economies while active managers with dedicated sustainability investment strategies could create their portfolio accordingly.
Choosing Your Investments
Sustainable investing takes several different forms. ESG incorporation involves including ESG factors into your investment decisions and portfolio construction, while sustainability themed investments specifically seek companies making an impactful statement about ESG issues.
Community investing entails financing projects or institutions serving low-income communities, while impact investing looks for investments with both environmental, social and financial returns.
Once you’ve identified sustainable investments that align with your values and goals, the next step in portfolio management is managing them. First consider your time horizon (how long you intend to hold them), as this will determine your appropriate amount of risk. Next assess your ability to withstand market fluctuations. Finally evaluate whether you would be willing to engage with companies on ESG topics like worker rights, animal welfare or data privacy via shareholder advocacy; voting against company policies or taking board seats as ways of pushing change forward.
Managing Your Portfolio
Sustainable investing offers many avenues, from stocks and bonds to mutual funds and ESG funds. When choosing your portfolio it’s essential that it meet both your financial goals and risk tolerance as well as being informed of current sustainability trends and new investment opportunities.
Environmental: One common motivation for investors is their conviction that investing in companies which create environmental harm, from air pollution to biodiversity loss. Social: Another key motivation for sustainable investing lies within its ethical implications – such as avoiding companies which don’t treat employees fairly or employ discriminatory hiring practices.
Many people invest in sustainable investments because they want to make an impactful statement with their money and feel good about its use. While in the past minimum investments were high, today minimums are becoming lower so more people can become sustainable investors.
Impact investing strategies have quickly expanded over the past several years, offering financial returns alongside tangible positive social and environmental outcomes. While individual strategies vary between companies and countries, most aim for intentionality and measurement compared with ESG investing which adds social consciousness as a layer over traditional financial valuation. Impact investments specifically seek measurable positive social and environmental impacts that have real financial returns.
Consider investing in privately held companies whose mission resonates with you, or lending money to nonprofit organizations whose work you support.
There is an enormous global capital gap that is hampering progress toward meeting important societal challenges, so any time private capital flows in to address such problems, the better. That is why Rise has committed to elevating impact underwriting alongside financial underwriting to scale and grow impact investments. Our methods include creating an online searchable database of impact investments; developing tools for measuring their impacts; convening investor networks in order to share knowledge, learn, and co-invest.