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Ethical ISAs

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.

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.

What is a ESG ISA?

A ESG ISA is an ISA where your money is used to invest in assets that come under the umbrella of investments that seek positive returns and a long term impact on the Environment, Social issues and business Governance.

Basically ESG funds seek to have a positive impact on the world.

Investing within an ISA wrapper allows any investment returns to be generated tax efficiently.

ESG funds typically invest in the companies involved in activities that deal with mitigating climate change and new technologies that seek to provide better prospects for the environment. 

They are suitable for people who are willing to leave funds in their ISA for long periods such as five years. They are also good for people who are willing to withstand a bit more fluctuation in the value of their fund.

What investments are likely to be considered for ESG investment?

A fund manager taking into account ESG principles means that environmental, socials and governance criteria will be at the top of the list when connsidering what to invest in.

For example when assessing a company to invest in a fund manager will look at:

  • Environmental track record
  • Energy consumption
  • Policy on climate change
  • Waste management
  • Community engagement
  • Human rights record
  • Employee relations policy
  • How the business is run
  • Diversity of the management team
  • Quality of the management team & potential conflicts of interest

ESG investing puts on a more even footing investing responsibly with the need to deliver investment returns for investors.

Why is ESG investing important?

According to the United Nations the world's population is growing at a rate of 83 million people per year. By the year 2050 it is calculated that there will be 9.9 billion people on our planet with over 25% aged 65+. 

The need to ensure that the planet can cope with this increasing dynamic on our finite resources is more important than ever.

ESG investing is becoming increasingly popular with a greater awareness by investors for the need to invest sustainably. There is now more than $21.4 trillion invested sustainably.

In the UK sustainable investment for 85% of 18 to 36 year olds sustainable investment is seen as an important factor when investing.

What is the difference between Ethical and ESG Investing?

Ethical investing tends to avoid companies that have a negative impact on the environment or society. In an ethical fund the manager will typically screen out companies involved in certain activities or industries e.g. oil and gas, tobacco.

With ESG investing fund managers typically focus on companies that are having a positive impact on the world, so its less black and white when it comes to the types of companies that might be included in a fund. This approach means that a company in the oil and gas sector for example which has a progressive approach to clean energy might be included.

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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