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.



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


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


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 FreeTM funds take a firmer line with absolutely no investment in companies involved in extracting, processing or transporting fossil fuels.

Aside from fossil fuels, we also exclude tobacco, alcohol, weapons and military contracting, gambling, junk food, factory farming, adult entertainment, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food from our clients’ portfolios.

It’s time to align your investments with your values

You care about the environment.
But are you contributing to climate change?

For 7 years Genus has been offering a way to divest and go fossil free. Since 2014, our Fossil Free Impact Equity Fund invests in businesses that are leading innovation in a sustainable economy.

If you are ready to go fossil free,
let’s talk!