Sustainable investing Doing well by doing good

A partnership of equals

When we share values and ambition, we can achieve the incredible. As well as making a positive impact in the world, sustainable investing offers competitive financial returns, and is one of the fastest-growing investment segments.

Our clients are realizing that they can invest sustainably and still get the best for themselves. According to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, from 2014-2016, in the US alone, sustainable and responsible impact investing grew by over 33%. We’re now at a point where demand is outstripping supply.

Working together, we can do well and do good.

Leading the industry

The United Nations has 17 sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and bring prosperity to all by 2030. These can only be achieved using private capital as well as public investments. So, at the 2017 World Economic Forum, we pledged to direct $5bn of our clients’ investments over the next five years to sustainable or impact investments.

In fact, all of our businesses are engaged in initiatives to help meet the UN’s goals, and our clients’ investment needs. This year, for the third year running, we were confirmed as the industry group leader for diversified financials in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Together, we can create a better tomorrow.

Designing a better future

We’re proud to have supported this year’s Mashable Social Good Summit, which took place in New York on September 17. It brought together a community of global citizens and thought leaders to discuss what we want the world to be in 2030. This year’s summit considered how we can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place.

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Private capital. Public good.

We’ve partnered with visionaries who’ve developed innovative ways to meet the UN’s SDGs, while also generating financial returns for their investors.

Tech for the developing world

We’re working with entrepreneurs who use technology to help people in the developing world. In our Nobel Perspectives series, Nobel Laureate Myron S. Scholes says: “Technology is key in everything we do.” While Sir James Mirrlees notes that access to modern farming practices, has allowed China’s poorest to lift themselves out of poverty as it has “increased the local wage rate.”

Accessing modern agricultural methods is only one of the challenges facing farmers and other enterprises in the developing world. A reliable energy supply is also important. According to CrossBoundary Energy, African enterprises say that securing electricity is their biggest obstacle to growth, so CrossBoundary’s founder, Matthew Tilleard, set up the firm to help them access solar energy. CrossBoundary is also reducing the ongoing cost of electricity for its clients, as solar is now the cheapest source of power in Africa.

Investing in education

Paperclip is Hong Kong’s first dedicated start-up campus, providing education to entrepreneurs. Founder Deepak Madnani elaborates: "Our hope is to provide early-stage entrepreneurs access to the highest quality, early-stage innovation support."

As Nobel Laureate Eris S. Maskin remarks in our Nobel Perspectives series: "Education and job training are expensive". We can’t expect low-paid workers to finance it themselves, and employers may not be willing or able to, which is where people like Deepak can make a difference.

Discover more inspiring stories of doing good and doing well, and read our latest reports on sustainable investing.

Can I truly make a difference?

In our Life’s Questions series, Paul Simon, impact investor and philanthropist, tells us why he thinks it’s possible to both do well and do good.

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