Introducing Socially Responsible Investing with Charles Stanley Direct

Increasingly, people want their investments to do more than make money. Find out how you could invest in line with your values with our new guide.

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  1. Rob Morgan

Building wealth for the future is important, but increasingly, people want their investments to do more than make money. The human impact on the environment means urgent changes to the way society and industry operates are necessary, while shortfalls in areas such as health, education and inequality need to be tackled. Choosing investments that help address these issues is a simple yet powerful way to make a positive impact on the world.

Fortunately, there are ways to marry profit with principles, and it’s not a new concept.  Decades ago, the original ‘ethical’ investments were launched. These typically excluded investments in companies whose products people found morally wrong. Yet, the variety and scope of these investments has expanded rapidly in recent years. There is an increasing focus on more positive factors and an alignment of portfolios with targets, for instance in respect to climate change, recycling or social improvement.

There are also lots of labels used to describe these investments – socially responsible, sustainable, ethical, responsible, green, impact and so on. This makes things a little confusing, and at Charles Stanley Direct we aim to educate investors about the options. This is why we have launched a dedicated section of our website to the subject, covering everything from defining the key terms to providing regular commentary on the major issues shaping the area.

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We have also produced an introductory video to socially responsible investing, incorporating how environmental, social and governance (or ESG) factors are used to assess investments:

 

 

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