At the end of 2017, more than a quarter of professionally managed assets in the United States ($12 trillion) incorporated some form of sustainable investing – a growth of 38 percent over two years – according to the nonprofit U.S. Sustainable Investment Forum1.
Today, socially minded investors may choose other routes to make a difference, including advocacy, activism, and philanthropy. So why choose environmental investing?
Academic analyses largely indicate that screens accounting for environmental, social, and governance factors do not hurt financial performance.2 Large financial institutions are touting such factors with growing confidence. And major institutions, including BlackRock, are pointing to climate change as a “defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects.”3
Global warming has become an undeniable factor in business decisions - and our investments must reflect that new reality.