Rising interest in ethical, and socially responsible investing

This year’s Good Money Week, which ran from September 29 to October 5, highlighted just how many asset management groups have widened their offering in the ethical, sustainable or socially responsible investing (SRI) space.

Initially it was thought that interest would mainly be among milennials.

What is clear, however, is that there is a growing interest among clients of all ages in ethical and sustainable approaches to investing.

The Schroders Global Investor Study 2018 reports that 56 per cent of UK investors have increased their allocation to sustainable investments in the past five years.

Jessica Ground, global head of stewardship at Schroders, admits: “Clearly, barriers still remain preventing investors from embracing this approach, highlighting that the availability, transparency and advice around these funds requires improving.”

ABFM as a Company have seen a considerable increase in the interest in Ethical and SRI investing over the last 3 or 4 years.  And by and large, despite misplaced concerns about returns, performance has been very acceptable.