Investing ethically can pay off. The latest Good Investment Review shows that sustainable funds have outperformed the sector average over the last five years – and throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Advisors who understand how to invest in this area are experts in picking the right green and ethical funds to get returns, while also making a positive difference to the planet and society. Here are 11 of the best.
Castlefield is a family of investment and advisory businesses with a focus on clients’ values. It calls this approach “thoughtful investing.” Established in 2002, the core team came from the UK fund management arm of a pan-European private banking group. Managing investments for charities was a major focus and it still is today.
Following the acquisition of the UK’s two oldest ethical advice firms, it is now an integrated advice and investment management group, widely recognised for its expertise in responsible and sustainable investment. It also funds a grant-making charitable trust that shares in the business’s profits.
Tanya Pein, In2 Planning
A Board Director of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association (UKSIF), Tanya specialises in financial advice for charities and individuals with larger portfolios. She also provides training on Environmental, Social and Governance standards for charities.
Jeannie Boyle, EQ Investors
EQ Investors has a commitment to ethical investing, has its own charitable foundation and was one of the first recipients of the Good With Money Good Egg mark. Jeannie is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society at the firm. She launched EQ’s positive impact portfolios, which are invested in a well-diversified mix of 20-25 funds that are actively managed. They can be held both in ISAs (tax-free savings) and SIPPs (personal pension). These portfolios invest in companies that intend to have a good effect on the planet, and actively avoid those that don’t.
The Ethical Investment Co-operative
The Ethical Investment Co-operative is a collective of independent financial advisers specialising in ethical, environmental and responsible investment. Formed in 1997, all its advisers have extensive experience with incorporating clients’ ethical and environmental values into all aspects of financial planning. It works with Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth (Scotland) on ethical investing. Based in York.
This ethically-focused firm of IFAs pledges to distribute at least 50 per cent of its own net profit to charities and good causes each year. Since 1989, it has donated more than £600,000 to organisations that are creating a positive impact.
The group will only advise on and arrange investments that are linked to social, environmental or ethically screened funds.
Path Financial is the first financial planning firm set up purposefully to tackle climate change and make a positive difference in the world rather than focusing on performance and profit alone. David MacDonald set up the business in 2019 with the aim of revolutionising savings and giving power to people who care about making a difference with their money.
In October 2021, Path Financial launched the UK’s first Climate Solutions Portfolio, created specifically for people looking to tackle the climate emergency with their pensions and investments.
Mark Armstrong, BlueSphere
BlueSphere was founded to support clients in making the world a better place, by aligning their investments with their values and beliefs. They earned the Good With Money Good Egg mark and offer new clients zero upfront or ongoing advice fees for 12 months in an effort to provide their value upfront first.
They enable clients to generate a return on their investment and at the same time, support the companies that are creating the solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. All investments made through BlueSphere are put into companies that are working hard to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In March 20200, BlueSphere became a certified B Corp company.
Cleona Lira, Conscious Money
Cleona Lira is an independent financial adviser specialising in ethical investing. She works with a small client base, helping them to build an investment portfolio in line with their core values. Clients must have a minimum of £100,000 for investments, but there is no minimum for new pensions. Fees start at £2,000.
True Bearing is an independent firm of chartered financial advisers based in the north west of England. In January 2022 it joined forces with a number of regional IFAs across the UK, who are collectively called Amber River.
True Bearing has invested more than £44 million on behalf of its clients into positive impact and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) funds. It provides regular, thorough training for its 22 staff in sustainable investment.
Established in 2000, Investing Ethically was founded on the Quaker principle of ethical responsibility, with each member of the team chosen because they share similar beliefs. The small team focuses exclusively on ethical investment advice.
If you want to have a savings account, insurance policy, investment fund or mortgage from companies that do the right thing, check out our Good Eggs.
These are companies that have passed strict (independent) criteria to prove they make a positive impact – to the planet, society, and you.