Focusing on a brighter future for people, planet and animals
In-house research team
We believe you can’t outsource integrity, that’s why we have an in-house research team whose bespoke, ongoing analysis underpins all our investments and drives change through active company engagement. Their research uses ethical frameworks around sectors or issues that are updated as the world and our understanding of it changes.
The right thing
Our ethical approach means there are some sectors we don’t invest in. For example, we have never invested in tobacco.
The smart thing
Reinvesting money into sustainable companies is the smart thing to do - it ensures money is driving a better future.
We believe our purpose as ethical investors is to earn an attractive return by funding the positive transformation the world needs.
Where we stand
Our positions on topical issues guide our investment decisions and our engagement with the companies we invest in. We’ve developed them by asking what’s best for people, the planet and animals using the principles of our Ethical Charter.
We only make investments that we believe are aligned with our ethical principles, laid out in the Ethical Charter, in 1986. In essence, these principles provide a tried and tested framework for examining whether a company is part of a path to a better future for people, animals and the environment.
How we assess
We assess whether a company is having a positive impact and also how it is managing harmful impacts using the principles of our Ethical Charter.
Who we invest in
We invest in a vibrant mix of companies across the world. They’re connected by our conviction that their success is linked to society’s prosperity and the planet’s wellbeing.
What we don't invest in
We apply exclusionary thresholds to destructive companies and sectors. For example, we don’t invest in tobacco, coal mining or nuclear weapon companies.
Ethical stewardship is one way we can directly have real world influence. It is focused on reducing the negative and increasing the positive impacts of companies and achieving systemic change at an economy or society-wide scale.
Animal protection issues are often overlooked by companies and by other investors, even those in the responsible investment community. We are trying to change this by putting animal protection on the agenda. Here are some examples of our work.