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FT Adviser article – How should we label ESG funds?

February 9th, 2022

For those following the discussions around the all important topic of labelling sustainable investment funds you may be interested in an opinion piece I wrote for FT Adviser recently: You can access the article here. My thanks go to FT Adviser for offering me the opportunity to comment.   My original text, as submitted, is […]

Sustainable investment 4,3,2,1

December 10th, 2021

As you are reading this post you may well know that I have spent nearly 30 years working in sustainable, responsible and ethical investment because I believe it can – and will – help deliver a better future. I also believe it makes sound financial sense because there is no real alternative to shifting to […]

Fund labelling article written for ESG Clarity

December 2nd, 2021

A big thank you to ESG Clarity for inviting me to write a piece on the important topic of sustainable investment fund labelling. The first few paragraphs are copied below. Labels won’t save the planet but they help investors. ‘Words, research and analysis will not save a single tree – only action will’ Let’s start […]

SRI Services welcomes new FCA ‘ESG and Sustainable Investment Principles’

July 19th, 2021

SRI Services welcomes new FCA ESG and Sustainable Investment Principles

Six Monthly Fund EcoMarket user report – exploring sustainable investment trends.

July 13th, 2021

 This information relates to Fund EcoMarket user activity from 1 January – to 30 June 2021 Key findings: Use of the Fund EcoMarket (retail sustainable investment fund tool) website increased by 15% over the six months to 30 June (from H2 2020), pointing to continued growth in interest in retail ESG and sustainable investment. The […]

‘Stick or Twist’ – our recent Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts article

May 18th, 2021

Our recent ILP Moneyfacts article exploring ESG fund strategies and ‘divestment vs stewardship’

New Fund EcoMarket brochure

October 27th, 2020

I am delighted to inform you that our new brochure has been finalised and is available to download. This can be used for learning support, as ‘aide memoire’ or as a ‘sales aid’. Click here to download: Fund EcoMarket A4_Singles Oct 2020 FINAL The above version is 6 x A4 pages.

Which? report on ethical investment

August 5th, 2020

I’m delighted to have been able to support Which? with their recent ethical investment report (and for both SRI Services & Fund EcoMarket to have earned a mention online and in their magazine.) The report is a good introduction to the sector and one individual investors are likely to find very useful, with quotes from […]

Fund EcoMarket filter options – annual update

March 3rd, 2020

Once a year we gather ideas about what we could usefully add or alter on the Fund EcoMarket filter options – ahead of doing our annual research update for all funds. As always there were dozens of options that we could have added, but in the interest of not letting the fund tool become too […]

Recent changes to Fund EcoMarket

December 6th, 2019

Just a brief note to let you know about some of the changes we have made to Fund EcoMarket recently. Changes to functionality You can now… Use the new map on our ‘Find an Adviser’ area  – which enables potential adviser clients to find local advisers more easily. You can now use the Search ‘recently […]

Investment Association Responsible Investment Framework announced

November 18th, 2019

The Investment Association’s long awaited Responsible Investment framework launched today (18 November 2019). Although I am yet to digest the detail, this looks entirely constructive to me. The IA team have differentiated between different fund options sensibly {thereby avoiding the ‘binary thinking trap’) and recognised the relevance of both individual funds and fund management companies. […]

interactive investor launches ethical ‘ACE’ list with help from SRI Services

September 10th, 2019

SRI Services is delighted to announce that we have been working with interactive investor in the development of their  ‘ACE’ list of ethical, sustainable, ESG, impact and responsible investment funds. The list, which is now live on their website, shows all the funds in this sector (none are excluded) alongside ‘jargon free’ classifications. Each fund […]

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