Financial Quotient

What is sustainable investing?

Factors such as social consciousness, political agendas and the development of sustainability enablers have started to drive companies to recognise that sustainability is a major challenge for our planet and they are adapting their businesses.
Factors such as social consciousness, political agendas and the development of sustainability enablers have started to drive companies to recognise that sustainability is a major challenge for our planet and they are adapting their businesses.PHOTO: ST FILE

Sustainable investing is an approach of using capital as a means of fostering economic and social progress and to combine financial return with social impact.

Aside from supplementing traditional financial analysis on companies with the integration of environmental, social and governance criteria, or the conscious exclusion of certain sectors or sub-sectors from an investment portfolio, sustainable investing is most impactful when sustainability is the core investment conviction.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 06, 2019, with the headline 'What is sustainable investing?'. Print Edition | Subscribe