About the Sustainable investment market

Information about the history of sustainable investment and the current investment market.

  • Early Ethical Funds

    Considering the impact of where and how money is invested had been on the minds of some institutional, church and charity investors since the industrial revolution. Yet it was only in the 1970’s that the option to invest in…

  • Early Stewardship

    The early ethical policies of the Stewardship funds drew substantially on the religious (Methodist and Quaker) and personal values of the Stewardship Committee of Reference members and its first investors. Indeed, Friends Provident, who launched the funds (now ‘Friends…

  • Growing Green

    There is little doubt that the biggest change to the SRI (sustainable and responsible investment) world over the last 15 years has been the increasing emphasis on environmental issues.  Indeed this area is so significant that debate continues regarding whether…

  • Industry Timeline

    Since the launch of the first UK ethical funds in the early 1980’s the expansion of this field has been transformational. It has grown from an idea in the minds of a few far-sighted, innovators to a dynamic, diverse, high…

  • Pensions, SRI, ESG and Stewardship

    Pension schemes are increasingly bringing ‘sustainable, responsible and ethical’ investment considerations into their strategies and fund options. Some schemes place a significant focus on the financial benefits of considering issues such climate risk, supply chain management and corporate governance, others…

  • Diverse Investment Solutions

    Different people have different investment aims, goals and attitudes to risk, which is why there is no ‘one size fits all’ way to run sustainable, responsible and ESG funds. Examples of how and why Investment Managers approaches vary: Different…

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