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Ethical investment ISAs allow you to ensure your money is invested in line with your principles.

Ethical ISAs

FTSE Future World Climate Change Equity Factors Index Fund ISA

from Legal & General

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: The fund aims to provide a combination of growth and income by tracking the performance of the FTSE All-World ex CW Climate Balanced Factor Index.
  • Invest From: £20 per month or £100 single
  • Investment Options: This fund may be suitable for investors looking for a combination of growth and income by tracking the shares in companies that score high in value, quality, low volatility and size factors whilst incorporating climate change considerations as represented by the index.

Why we like it: The Future World Climate Change Equity Factors Index Fund invests in companies that seek to make positive change. The fund aims to provide a combination of growth and income by tracking the performance of the FTSE All-World ex CW Climate Balanced Factor Index. The fund is passively managed, to replicate the performance of the Index. As part of the Future World* range, the fund incorporates the L&G Climate Impact Pledge, a targeted engagement process, and may exclude companies if engagement proves unsuccessful.

This fund is available via: Legal and General investment platform »

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Sustainable Leaders

from Royal London

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: companies that are likely to benefit from measures taken to improve the environment, human welfare and quality of life.
  • Invest From: £25 a month or any lump sum
  • Investment Options: The core of the investment portfolio consists of shares in companies involved wholly or in part in the manufacture of products, industrial processes or the provision of services associated with improving the environment and the enhancement of human health and safety.

Why we like it: A consistent performer this popular £1.7bn fund run by triple A Citywire rated fund manager Mike Fox works on a “best ideas” basis with 40 to 50 company holdings . The fund applies both negative and positive screening. Sectors considered more favourably include healthcare and technology, whereas areas such as commodities are generally avoided. There is also a focus on long-term themes and trends such as infrastructure and changing demographics. The fund has reasonable ongoing charges of 0.76% pa for an actively managed fund.

This fund is available via: Interactive Investor investment platform »

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Future World ESG Developed Index Fund

from Legal & General

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Aims to provide exposure to global developed-market equities while integrating environmental, social and corporate governance factors
  • Invest From: £20 per month or £100 single

Why we like it: This Fund is designed for investors looking for growth and income from an investment in shares in companies that demonstrate good environmental, social and governance efforts in developed countries, as represented by the Benchmark Index. The Future World philosophy encapsulates how L&G identify longterm themes and opportunities, while managing the risks of a changing world. L&G use their scale and influence within the market to propel positive change on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, at the same time as seeking to achieve financial success. The fund is for clients who want to express a conviction on ESG themes, across a broad array of asset classes and strategies.

This fund is available via: Legal and General investment platform »

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

ii ACE 40 investments

from Interactive Investor

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 140+ Ethical Investments
  • 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 broad variety of markets.

Why we like it: The UK's first rated list of ethical investments to help you align investments with your personal values. Building your investment portfolio can be tough – and it is even more difficult when you want to choose ethical investments. That can mean a lot of research. The ii ACE 40 makes the job easier for you. Interactive Investor select 40 funds, investment trusts and ETFs from over 140 that they believe offer high-quality choices, across a broad variety of markets.

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Future World Sustainable Opportunities Fund

from Legal & General

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Invests in a wide range of company shares, bonds, property and real assets (including property, land and infrastructure) which meet our long term sustainable investment criteria, based on environmental, social and governance factors.
  • Invest From: £20 per month or £100 single

Why we like it: Actively managed, with wide discretion to invest across different types of investment which the manager believes offer sustainable long term investment opportunities. As part of the Future World* range, the fund incorporates the L&G Climate Impact Pledge, a targeted engagement process, and may exclude companies if engagement proves unsuccessful.

The investment objective of the Fund is to seek to provide positive returns of both capital growth and income. The Fund selects investments which the Manager believes offer sustainable investment opportunities for the future based on environmental, social and governance related criteria.The Fund will seek to provide returns of 5% above the Bank of England Base Rate per annum over rolling five year periods. There is no guarantee that the objective will be met over any period and capital invested in the fund is at risk. This objective is before the deduction of any charges.

This fund is available via: Legal and General investment platform »

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Investment Fund Supermarket ISAs

Future World Ethical ISA

from Legal & General

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Fund Choice: Managed Ethical Investment Funds
  • Invest From: £20 per month or £100 single

Why we like it: The Future World fund range range allows you to invest in funds that seek to make positive change. The Gender in Leadership UK Index Fund tilts the investments in the fund towards companies with better gender diversity, while the Future World Climate Change identifies companies that are critical to the shift to a low-carbon economy and are paying special attention to their actions.

This fund is available via: Legal and General investment platform »

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Ethical ISAs

Global Clean Energy ETF

from iShares

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: The ETF seeks to track the performance of an index composed of 30 of the largest global companies involved in the clean energy sector.
  • Invest From: £25 a month or any lump sum
  • Investment Options: The Share Class is a share class of a Fund which aims to achieve a return on your investment, through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets, which reflects the return of the S&P Global Clean Energy Index, the Fund’s benchmark index (Index).

Good to know: A member of the Interactive Investor ACE 40 ,this fund is passively managed by BlackRock and reflects the return of the S&P Global Clean Energy Index (the benchmark). The Index is designed to provide exposure to the leading publicily listed companies in the global clean energy business from both developed and emerging markets.   The fund has reasonable ongoing charge of 0.65% pa. 

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

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

Boost your financial future and make the world a better place

The future of investing isn’t just about making a profit. More and more people want their investments to have a positive impact on the world.

The good news is you can do both. There’s a growing trend that gives you the opportunity to grow your money, and build yourself a better financial future, while tackling global environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Download your factsheet to discover:

  • Why you should consider ESG issues when investing
  • How you can do it
  • Three funds to consider

Get FREE Factsheet from Hargreaves Lansdown »

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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