The value of your investments and the income from them may go down as well as up, and you could get back less than you invested.

What is ESG investing?

ESG – or Environmental, Social and Governance – is a term we hear all the time when it comes to investing at the moment. But actually, ESG factors are only a part of the wider responsible investing world. Here we aim to explain some of the terminology and why our products are more than just ESG.

From this, we can see that responsible investing means ruling out investing in some companies. But which companies? This depends on the type of responsible investing involved.

The responsible investing spectrum

At 7IM, we consider there to be four main approaches that fall within the term responsible investing. These sit within a spectrum of increasing levels of screening.

Ethical investing
Ethical investing is about screening out companies with a material, or sometimes even any, exposure to areas like tobacco and armaments – so called ‘sin stocks’. Other common exclusions include alcohol, gambling and fossil fuels.
ESG investing
ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. ESG investing involves screening companies based on how they perform in relation to these three factors and choosing those companies which score best.
Thematic investing
Thematic investing involves investing to positively address concerns like climate change, or the ageing population, thereby also gaining exposure to growth areas for the future. This could mean investing in renewable energy or healthcare, for example.
Impact investing
Impact investing looks beyond sustainability and ESG to what impact an investment has. This may be an environmental impact through the provision of clean water and sanitation, or socially, helping to alleviate poverty.

Our approach to responsible investing

At 7IM, we use a blend of investments from across the responsible investing spectrum in our solutions.

Our approach means:

We have a base level of ethical screens, thereby minimising controversial activities.
Investments focus on companies with strong ESG scores, thereby showing support for those companies conducting themselves in a responsible way.
There is a focus on long-term themes such as healthcare and carbon reduction, which we believe will become increasingly important for a sustainable future.
Investments include those in the impact space, therefore having a positive impact on the environment and society.

And this is all without sacrificing returns compared to traditional investments, and while remaining true to our belief that being highly diversified is critical to successful investing.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
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