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Ethical ISA Investments 2021

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Ethical ISAs

Socially Responsible Portfolio

from Nutmeg

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Fund Choice: Nutmeg allow you to align your investments with your values. With continuous oversight from the Nutmeg in-house investment team, their SRI portfolios place an emphasis on environmental, social and governance factors. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: Min. £500 single

Sustainable Stocks & Shares ISA

from Shepherds

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Invest in a brighter future for you and the world, with Shepherd's sustainable ISA. The fund aims to invest in innovative, sustainable companies that offer both the potential for long-term growth and a positive benefit to society. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £30 pm

Future World ESG UK Tracker

from Legal & General

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: The Fund aims to track the performance of the Solactive L&G Enhanced ESG UK Index. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25

Sustainable Leaders

from Royal London

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Invests in companies that are likely to benefit from measures taken to improve the environment, human welfare and quality of life. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

ii ACE 40 investments

from Interactive Investor

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: 140+ Ethical Investments. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 a month or any lump sum
  • Investment Options: A selection of 140+ funds, investment trusts and ETFs that they believe offer high-quality ethical investment choices, across a range of markets.

Positive Change

from Baillie Gifford

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Actively managed fund that invests in global company shares where products or services make a positive impact on society or the environment. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Better World

from Montanaro

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Actively managed Fund that seeks to invest in high quality companies whose products, services or behaviour are deemed to make a positive impact on society and which emphasize sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Responsible Global Equity

from BMO

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Invests in companies whose operations are considered to be making a positive contribution to society and seeks to avoid companies which, on balance, are felt to be harming the world, its people or its wildlife. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Environmental Markets

from Impax

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Investment trust that invests predominantly in companies that provide, utilize, implement or advise upon technology-based systems, products or services in environmental markets, particularly those of alternative energy and energy efficiency, water treatment and pollution control, waste technology & resource management. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Global Clean Energy ETF Tracker

from iShares

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks companies in the clean energy sector. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 a month or any lump sum
Junior ISAs

Junior Ethical Stocks & Shares ISA

from Nutmeg

Regular Savings
  • Invest From: £100 lump sum
  • Investment Options: Nutmeg offer a socially responsible junior investment ISA which places emphasis on environmental and social and governance factors. Capital at risk.

Ethical ISA Investments

Ethical investment ISAs have become increasingly popular, partly due to growing public awareness of issues such as climate change and human rights, and also because investors are attracted by the potential returns available.

Ethical investments could be a valuable addition to your financial strategy because they allow you to shelter any potential returns from tax, diversify your portfolio, and know that you are helping to make the world a better place.

Ethical investing allows you to invest in companies that are deemed to be socially responsible, in terms of human rights and environmental impact. 

What constitutes 'ethical' varies from investor to investor depending on their personal values.

Benefits of an ethical investment ISA:

  • By using your ISA allowance in this way, you can be sure that your money only goes towards causes that tie in with your personal values.
  • Companies which have a good ethics track record are less likely to become the subject of dispute or legal action - both of which could have a negative effect on share prices.
  • An ethical investment ISA allows you to diversify your investment portfolio into new, sustainable markets.
  • By using your ISA allowance to invest in ethical investments you can benefit from tax-efficient income and/or growth. You can invest up to the maximum ISA allowance, click here to check the current limit. 

How do I choose a ethical investment ISA?

It can be tricky for individual investors to judge whether a particular company is operating ethically or not, so most investments of this type are made though a specialist ethical investment manager. 

An ethical fund manager will thoroughly research potential investment targets, ensuring that they meet certain criteria. Often, ethical fund managers will assess companies on both positive and negative criteria. 

The different approaches of ethical investment funds are often described as:

  • Light green - this approach avoids investments that have a negative impact. For example, they may avoid companies involved in weapons manufacture, human rights breaches, or animal testing.
  • Dark green - this approach involves actively seeking to invest in companies that are making a positive contribution to the environment and society, such as companies in the renewable energy sector

FREE Guide

Could you profit from your principles?

Responsible investment means different things to different people. In this guide, we break down the jargon and look at some of the main ways you can align your principles with your investments. Find out more about:

  • Stewardship, ESG, exclusions-based, and impact funds
  • How responsible investment funds might perform
  • How to pick shares that fit your moral compass

Request Hargreaves Lansdown FREE guide »

Important Risk Information:

The value of investments can go down in value as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest. It is therefore important that you understand the risks and commitments. This website aims to provide information to help you make your own informed decisions. It does not provide personal advice based on your circumstances. If you are unsure of how suitable an investment is for you, please seek personal advice.

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