SUSTAINABLE INVESTING Seizing opportunities, making an impact

No matter where your passion lies, we can help identify an investment approach that best translates your personal values into solutions that make a real difference

Future-proofing your portfolios

The decision to invest in companies that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into their agenda and have sustainable practices can potentially improve the risk assessment and long-term return profile of an investment portfolio.

Sustainable investments can help you capitalise on opportunities that support long term trends such as ageing, rapidly growing populations and resource scarcity.

They also enable you to make a positive impact on the world at large by addressing issues relating to climate change, poverty alleviation, access to quality healthcare and education.

Investment platforms in sustainable investing can range from funds and bonds to private equity and even direct investments.

Continuum of sustainable investing

Sustainable investing is one of the fastest growing areas in both the finance and the social impact sector today. It can be applied to a wide range of asset classes with a variety of approaches – from values based investing to integration of ESG factors and impact investing.

Assessing a company's performance


Issues relating to the quality and functioning of the natural environmental and natural systems, e.g. carbon emissions, environmental regulations, water stress and waste.


Issues relating to the rights, well being and interests of people and communities, e.g. labour management, health and safety and product safety.


Issues relating to the management and oversight of companies and other investee entities, e.g. board, ownership and pay.

Debunking the myths

Sustainable investing goes beyond just doing good. ESG factors can, in fact, be a good longer-term measurement of a company’s financial health and its ability to generate returns. For an investor, this means that even if returns with and without ESG factors are similar, applying ESG factors provides yet another risk management lens.
Numerous research and studies have debunked the notion that investors have to sacrifice financial gains to make a positive impact. Comprehensive research conducted in 2015 has demonstrated that sustainable investing is uncorrelated with poor returns*.

* “ESG and financial performance: Aggregated evidence from more than 2000 empirical studies”, Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 2015, Vol. 5

It may seem that the “environmental” factor dominates much of the discussion around ESG, but sustainable investing is much more than tackling environmental issues. Many investors are increasingly focused on corporate governance and social factors, and how business ethics and supply chain issues can affect the long-term value of their investments.

"Sustainable investing, when incorporated into a well-defined, long-term investment plan, can be a powerful tool to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while allowing you to achieve your personal financial goals."

Didier von Daeniken | Global Head, Private Banking & Wealth Management

Asia Sustainable Investing Report 2018

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Building a sustainable portfolio

Standard Chartered seeks to be a leading partner in working with you to develop your sustainable investments portfolio. Our open architecture model offers a range of sustainable investing solutions from leading industry providers to help you achieve your goals and align with your personal values. Whether you are exploring investments in mutual funds, bonds, structured products, discretionary portfolios or bespoke investments, contact us to find out how we can work together to make a difference.

Let us together build a more sustainable future for the next generation.

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