Responsible investment: can we ‘do well by doing good’?

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The belief that responsible investment (RI) goes hand-in-hand with lower returns has been hard to shake. In the past, investors were cautious about aligning their values with their investment needs, but perceptions have changed – we’ve become a lot savvier about how to ‘do well by doing good’ and a changed investment landscape has shown that purpose-driven investing can pay.

In South Africa, more than three quarters of investors have increased their asset allocation to sustainable investments over the past five years and 55% have invested in funds that report about sustainability (13 more than in the rest of the world). This is according to Jessica Ground, global head of stewardship at Schroders, which tracks the investment behaviour of the world’s wealthiest investors.

As one of the fastest-growing areas in asset management, one can little afford to ignore RI.

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