The benefits of ESG investing for charities
Effectively incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into your charity’s investment portfolio is a central component to achieving your investment goals.
A charity’s investments should support the organisation’s mission, rather than conflict with them. Evelyn Partners works with charities to understand their ESG objectives first, and then build a portfolio around these.
Finding the right balance between maximising the probability of achieving your target, your financial goal or ensuring your investments genuinely align with your values and purposes can be a challenge. Our approach allows each charity to reflect their unique characteristics
This begins with our robust central investment process which uses quantitative and qualitative factors to create a foundation and structure that manages risk at every level. This provides our clients with the peace of mind that their portfolios are capturing long term trends, while managing short and medium term risks. Embedding ESG screening factors into this process ensures we are also protecting your charity from any additional reputational risks.
Furthermore, we prioritise good stewardship and engagement. We can report on a wide range of carbon emission metrics and ESG scoring for each charity portfolio. This also enables us to measure progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
How ESG investing can help to fulfil the responsibilities of charity trustees
Charity Trustees should manage their investments to maximise their returns in respect of their risk tolerance and their mission. Our investment managers work together with trustees to review the holdings in their portfolio regularly to ensure best fit. Actively engaging with businesses on each charity’s behalf, allows us to ascertain a company’s direction of travel towards improving their ESG scores instead of immediately screening them out. This prevents any unnecessary, and potentially costly, restrictions on a charity’s portfolio while ensuring full alignment with its mission. Additionally, considering ESG criteria when investing provides trustees with an further layer of due diligence which can make portfolios more resilient during market downturns.
Talk to Evelyn Partners about ESG investing for your charity
If you have any queries about ESG for charities, please contact one of our experts for further information.
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Frequently asked questions
What is ESG?
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). ESG refers to screening factors through which an investor might consider the attractiveness of a potential investment in relation to , or contrary to, their personal or their charity’s values.
How can a charity approach ESG for the first time?
A Charity must first decide if they want their ESG lens to be narrow or broad and create a policy defining their objectives. This is most often done in consideration of a charity’s mission. While some charities focus on the E, S or G specifically, others prefer a ‘best practice’ approach.