Sustainable Investing

Seizing opportunities, making an impact

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

Future-proofing your portfolios

Investing in companies that incorporate ESG criteria into their agenda and have sustainable practices can position you for long-term opportunities associated with secular trends such as ageing societies, urbanization, and resource scarcity while enabling you to make a positive impact on issues such as climate change, poverty alleviation, and more. Vehicles for sustainable investing range from funds and bonds to private equity and direct investments.

Impact Philosophy

We believe that funneling passions through a structured framework empowers clients to make better impact decisions. Our Impact Philosophy comprises a four-step process to determine the impact profile of clients, and to provide a practical methodology to identify and map solutions, including sustainable and impact investing solutions. This can be measured through the use of indicators from the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), and relating them to the SDGs.

Impact Philosophy

We believe that funneling passions through a structured framework empowers clients to make better impact decisions. Our Impact Philosophy comprises a four-step process to determine the impact profile of clients, and to provide a practical methodology to identify and map solutions, including sustainable and impact investing solutions. This can be measured through the use of indicators from the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), and relating them to the SDGs.

ESG

Sustainable ESG Investing: What it is and will it give me better returns

A growing number of investors are applying an ESG lens to their investment allocation. See why.

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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.

Environment

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

Social

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

Governance

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

Our Partners

Standard Chartered Private Bank and our partners share a common vision of harnessing finance to catalyse sustainable development. A critical driver of this is raising awareness around how asset owners can deepen their impact across their spectrum of capital. Standard Chartered’s research shows that 98% of affluent investors are interested in sustainable investing, although 93% are apprehensive about investing in this area due to a lack of knowledge.

Education is key and engaging with high-net-worth-individuals and their bankers is critical to growing momentum. We therefore work closely together on building and sharing knowledge and educational content, as well as providing opportunities for investors to connect, exchange ideas, learn and dialogue with each other.

Toniic is the global action community for deeper impact investing.  Toniic’s members are high net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations from more than 25 countries who are active impact investors.  More than half have committed to move at least one portfolio to 100% values alignment across asset classes.  Toniic creates community, provides educational resources, and curates investment opportunities for its members, who use Toniic to amplify their impact.  

Toniic also creates resources for the public to attract additional capital to impact investing, including the T100 longitudinal study of the progress of 100%ers towards full deployment, the Tracer platform that enables investors, entrepreneurs, and funds to share and compare data about impact investments, and Impact Terms, a free library of innovative impact deal terms and structures. Toniic's members share a vision of a world in which all investments honor the planet and its inhabitants. 

AVPN is a unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. As an advocate, capacity builder, and platform that cuts across private, public and social sectors, AVPN embraces all types of engagement to improve the effectiveness of members across the Asia Pacific region.

The core mission of AVPN is to increase the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital to the social sector by connecting and empowering key stakeholders from funders to the social purpose organizations they support.

With over 600 members across 34 countries, AVPN is catalysing the movement towards a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.

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.

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