When you invest for positive impact, the world wins too. If you choose banks, pensions, investments and savings that care about the same things that you do, you can help to protect the planet from climate change, create work opportunities for all, encourage equality for women and ethnic minorities, and protect wildlife and biodiversity.
But, investing (let alone adding in investing for positive impact) can feel daunting for those who are new to it.
The easiest place to consider starting is with an online investment platform. Mainly because of the low minimum starter amounts of £5 to £50. But they are all different. So it gets confusing. Some are huge, some are just starting out. Some are entirely committed to positive impact, others give you an unsustainable and sustainable option and let you decide. And so on.
To help you find and decide on a platform or platforms, Charlene Cranny – former director of Good Money Week and founder of Economy of Good – had a short chat with the people behind some well-known (and some less well-known) brands to find out what makes them sustainable, how they prove it, what they think of greenwashing and more.
Here, she talks to Jill Jackson, CEO of The Big Exchange. Co-founded by The Big Issue, The Big Exchange is an online marketplace offering access to more than 40 funds that create positive social and environmental impact run by top fund managers. Minimum monthly investment is £25.
You can find out more about The Big Exchange in our review, here.