Want to make a difference, but don’t know where to start?
Do you have to sacrifice investment returns to achieve sustainable objectives?
Worried about investment solutions that don’t address the issues?
Are you concerned about terminology, acronyms and choosing the right solution?
Our environment is increasingly under threat from people and our activities. We are becoming aware that destructive habits are altering the dynamics of our planet and we have limited time before the solutions are beyond our control.
Whilst these problems can at times seem insurmountable, it is possible to make a difference.
You can make a difference, and we can help you do it.
You can effect change by investing your capital in sustainable investment strategies, ultimately into companies that are supporting global efforts to combat climate change and inequality. We will demonstrate the positive impact metrics, both avoided and delivered, so you can invest with pride.
We recommend thoroughly researched investment strategies using ESG focused, sustainable or positive impact managers, all of which are currently delivering better investment returns than traditional portfolios.
Whilst we founded Concentric to help our investors capital change the world for the better, as investment consultants, we can do this without compromising your investment returns.
How do positive impact portfolios work?
Do we have to give money away to philanthropic ventures?
How can we see the output of the non-investment metrics?
We consider positive impact investment to be the pinnacle of sustainable investing. It’s the best thing you can do with your investments if you want to make a difference, as well as a return. Investors around the world are making impact investments to unleash the power of capital for good.
Impact investment provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable food, conservation of natural resources, clean energy, financial inclusion, recycling, energy efficiency, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, sanitation, and education.
Impact investing avoids all harmful sectors and focuses on investment into sectors and companies that are changing the world.
Through our recommended manager’s in-depth research, we can demonstrate what impact the underlying companies in which you invest are delivering.
We think you’re wise to invest to make an impact, and thank you for participating.
What does ESG stand for?
How does this work within portfolios?
ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance – non-financial performance indicators that investment managers increasingly utilize as part of their research and company assessment in order to identify significant risks and growth opportunities.
The environmental criteria in ESG considers the resources a company consumes, the energy it utilizes, and the repercussions its activities have on nature. This factor incorporates a company’s carbon footprint and its impact on climate change. The social criterion covers the relation a company has with its employees, suppliers, customers and its reputation within the community where it operates. This factor encompasses labour conditions as well as diversity and inclusion within its workforce. Finally, governance refers to a company’s leadership including the board of directors, managers, shareholders, and wider stakeholders as well as the internal system of practices, controls, and procedures it adopts in order to govern itself.
ESG portfolios tend to restrict themselves from investing in polluting sectors, or companies with governance issues as they focus on avoiding the lower-scoring companies, to invest in the better adherents to the principles. They invest in companies that self govern and avoid negative factors, a good start for sustainable investing.
Interested in how the world can be changed?
What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
How can you access these themes in private investment?
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
The managers we recommend take the UN SDGs into account when constructing your sustainable or positive impact portfolios, using them like a benchmark, just as they would other investment comparison measures.
Companies themselves are working towards compliance with the SDGs, and are beginning to measure their output on the scales provided by the goals. It’s a huge task and lots of capital is required, but every bit counts.
Read on for details of the high-level Sustainable Development Goals.