Why is there a growing demand for ESG investments?

Staci West 29/09/2023 in Specialist investing

Kate Hewitt, ESG and Impact specialist at Montanaro Asset Management, explains why there is a growing demand for ESG investments amongst investors.

Kate Hewitt: So, I think people are quite familiar with the idea that you can vote with the pound in your pocket. They don’t purchase from brands that operate in a way that they disagree with. But I think for a long time the idea that you could include your financial arrangements in that decision as well, hasn’t really been at the forefront of people’s minds. And I think now there’s a greater understanding that where your pension is invested, where your ISA is invested, all of this is potentially being invested in companies that you wouldn’t purchase from, where you wouldn’t make a decision as a consumer to purchase from. So, you shouldn’t really have your finances invested with them as well. And people have been able to act with more empowerment, to make the appropriate changes so that their investment portfolios reflect their ethical beliefs.

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