We know that many investors like you are motivated by the desire to make a positive impact on society and the environment. And you want to do so in a way that aligns with your personal values, yet still achieving your financial goals.

Driving performance by incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into investment decisions is the foundation of sustainable investing. It is also one of the key pillars on which our sustainability aspirations are built to truly be a force for good.

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Future-proofing your portfolios

The decision to invest in companies that incorporate 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.

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. The Theory of Change helps clients develop solutions to complex social problems by mapping their goals and how they would want to achieve them.

Measuring one’s impact is an important part of the process. Just like one’s financial portfolio, tracking of the impact portfolio’s contribution to global goals is possible. This can be measured through indicators from the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), and relating them to the SDGs.

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.

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  • 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 right, well being and interests of people and communities, e.g. labour management, health and safety and product safety.

  • Governance

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

Debunking the myths

Myth 1: Sustainable investing is chosen for the “feel-good” factor.Myth 1: Sustainable investing is chosen for the “feel-good” factor.
Myth 2: Sustainable investments tend to underperform.Myth 2: Sustainable investments tend to underperform.
Myth 3: Sustainable investing is only for environmentalists. Myth 3: Sustainable investing is only for environmentalists.

“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



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

It is not just companies which are becoming increasingly aware of their ESG footprint. A growing number of investors who look for more than just financial returns are also applying an ESG lens to their investment allocation. Manpreet Gill, our head of Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity Strategy, talks about what this investment approach entails and how its positive characteristics may outweigh the risks.

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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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