What is ESG Investing?

In investment management, ESG (environmental, social and governance) refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of a company. As a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing, Genus considers ESG issues across all of our mandates.

ESG

Environment

Companies are scored on the sustainability of their business practices, such as resource-, waste- and carbon-emissions management.

Social

Companies are scored on commitment to human rights, consumer protection, animal welfare and diversity within the workplace.

Governance

Companies are scored on items like transparency, executive compensation, employee relations and management structure.

Not all ESG funds are the same. It is important to distinguish genuinely fossil fuel free funds from the broader range of socially responsible and ethical funds. Many ESG and ethical funds include oil gas and coal companies that contribute to climate change. Our Genus Fossil Free funds take a firmer line with absolutely no investment in companies involved in extracting, processing or transporting fossil fuels.

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