‘Impact investing’ involves investing in companies and investment portfolios that have the intention of generating positive social and environmental impacts alongside financial returns. At the start of February we launched our UK Equity Impact – Employment Opportunities Fund
in conjunction with Big Issue Invest
. This is the second impact fund we’ve launched; the first was our Global Impact fund. Our new fund aims to generate a long term financial return by investing in companies which promote and implement good employment opportunities and practices. A percentage of the fund’s management fee will go to Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, helping them to continue financing social enterprises and charities that are delivering business solutions to social problems.
Our ESG investment team have also just published ‘Why do labour relations matter to investors’ which discusses why labour issues are such a crucial consideration for investors and Impact Investing which explains what impact investing is and the connection between it and helping meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.