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Socially responsible investing is here to stay. Here’s why

Socially responsible investing is here to stay. Here’s why

Australians are voting with their wallets when it comes to their investments, insisting on responsible investments in increasing numbers.

Also known as social investment or ethical investing, this investment strategy seeks to consider both financial return and social/environmental good to bring about positive change.

Growth in green bonds has pushed the Australian market to a phenomenal $6 billion, which equates to a fourfold increase in under three years, according to a report by AFR.

This more responsible approach to investing is having a big impact on corporate Australia, too. Socially responsible investors are prompting company CEOs to consider the importance of environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights and global warming – and act accordingly.

SEER is one of a select few Australian asset managers focused on socially responsible investing. We believe that investing should tick all the boxes and have a big impact on the future success and profitability of business.

We are helping sustainable investors to have a big impact on the future success and profitability of business. We actively seek out investments, such as clean energy and technology projects that are more likely to provide important societal or environmental benefits.

We look forward to the day when socially responsible investing just becomes investing.

Investments that deliver positive social and environmental impact alongside a financial return are on the rise, with the market for impact investing quadrupling between 2015 and 2017, according to figures from the Responsible Investment Association of Australia and the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University.

The Benchmarking Impact: Australian Impact Investment Activity and Performance Report 2018 presents findings from 51 of the country’s impact on investment products.

“The report reveals a diverse market delivering positive financial returns for investors while also benefitting the environment and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people through employment, pathways, education and health services, among other activities,” RIAA CEO Simon O’Connor says.

“Impact investing continues to provide a crucial avenue for many impact-focused businesses to grow their business and deepen the positive impact they have on society,” O’Connor says.

SEER is focused on Socially Responsible Investing. We are a diversified funds management group specialising in global equities, the 6 megatrends and sustainable investment strategies. Put simply, we guide investors through the often-complex process of investing.

We have identified the six megatrends that we believe will critically shape the future, and we manage the portfolio and stock selection based on deep research integrating financial factors with environmental, social and governance factors.

We recognise that investors want to channel their investments into projects that bring about positive change for our world and look forward to helping you invest in a more socially responsible way.

For more information, get in touch with us here.