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ESG and investing sustainably

Greater numbers of people are now choosing to invest their money in a more ‘sustainable’ way.

But with a confusing range of investment titles and names out there – from so-called impact strategies to socially responsible investing – understanding ‘sustainability’ can be hard to fathom.

For us, it means finding companies that have a genuinely long-term focus – both in terms of their financial operations, and in terms of their impact on wider stakeholders.

To do this we integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis into every part of our investment process.

how a company treats its people, customers and other stakeholders often gives a good proxy for long-term business success.

For example, knowing how a company identifies and manages issues such as climate change, water usage and energy efficiency helps us to understand how it prepares for environmental challenges to its business model.

Likewise, how a company treats its people, customers and other stakeholders often gives a good proxy for long-term business success.

Finally, we value clear and accountable governance structures. As such, we pay considerable attention to the extent to which a company demonstrates alignment with the interests of long-term investors.

ESG analysis therefore helps us identify the ‘non-financial’, or more accurately, the ‘not-yet-financial’ factors that could impact businesses – a crucial guide for investing sustainably.

Regulatory information and risk warnings

This information is issued and approved by Martin Currie Investment Management Limited (‘MCIM’). It does not constitute investment advice.

Past performance is not a guide to future returns. The return may increase or decrease as a result of fluctuations in the markets, in currency and/or in the portfolio.

The analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors form an important part of the investment process and helps inform investment decisions. The investment strategy of the investment trust does not necessarily target particular sustainability outcomes.

Market and currency movements may cause the capital value of shares, and the income from them, to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested.
The opinions contained in this document are those of the named manager(s). They may not necessarily represent the views of other Martin Currie managers, strategies or funds.
The information provided should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular security. It should not be assumed that any of the security transactions discussed here were or will prove to be profitable.