Your Guide to Sustainable Investing


Morningstar.co.uk.com | Published April 19, 2017

By Charles Mandel

Do you want sustainable, long-term investment returns? Increasing evidence suggests that in order to reach your investment goalsthe companies that deliver the best returns to shareholders are those which care about ESG, about environmental, social and governance issues.

In the past, ethical investing was thought of as a lower-return strategy, investing for people who wanted to put morals above profits. But now evidence suggests that the opposite is true; companies which embrace low-carbon technology for example, are more likely to be future proofed, companies which treat their employees fairly are more likely to have consistent cash flows.

Last year, Morningstar introduced the Sustainability Rating for funds, a tool that helps investors to assess funds underlying holdings on environmental, social and governance factors. What is the rating, how does it work, and what is the benefit for investors?

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