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Invest in line with your principles.

Ethical ISAs

Socially Responsible Portfolio

from Nutmeg

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • 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.
  • Invest From: Min. £500 single

Why we like it: If investing responsibly is important to you then Nutmeg have put together a portfolio tilted towards companies and bond issuers that have high environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. Nutmeg invest in exchange traded funds (or ETFs) that avoid companies engaged in controversial activities while focusing on those that lead their peers on ESG. No tie-ins, no set-up fees, no exit charges. Easy, online set up in minutes. Start with as little as £500. Portfolio management fees of 0.45%-0.75% up to £100k. 0.25%-0.35% beyond £100k. There are also underlying investment charges, see Nutmeg's fee page. Plus, live chat, amazing customer support and brilliant investor tools and guides. Authorised and regulated by the FCA. Capital at risk. ISA rules apply.

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.

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.

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 Green ISA?

A green ISA is an ISA where your money is used to invest in green, eco-friendly funds. You can invest ethically and still make money. Green ISAs allow you to invest in a socially responsible manner and have more say about where your money is invested. In this day and age, more and more people want more control over where their money is invested.

Green 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 Funds are Likely to be Excluded in an Ethical ISA?

While this varies from provider to provider and some are more ruthless than other, generally the following are excluded, funds derived from:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Pornography
  • Gambling
  • Fur trade
  • Armaments

Some also exclude: Oil and mining companies due to environmental concerns and human rights abuse

Some companies don’t necessarily exclude all funds associated with these industries but instead look at each fund individually and assess the track record of that particular company in terms of their human rights or green issues.

Why Choose an Investment ISA?

An investment ISA can be a good way to put aside some money each month or invest some extra cash. This kind of account is not advised if you don’t have any other savings or are in debt because you won’t be able to access your money easily if you need to and you could make losses.

However, Investment ISAs have the potential to provide better returns than any other savings account.

Some things to consider include:
  • Assess the level of risk you’re willing to take, most providers can filter assets depending on the level of risk you’re willing to take or even provide you with a ready-made portfolio
  • Low risk investing tends to focus on bond funds which pay interest or dividends regularly, whereas higher risk portfolios tend to focus on property investment and the stock market
  • Decide if you want an Ethical ISA which completely bans all funds from companies such as tobacco etc. or would like a lighter approach
  • Providers often hold a limited amount of carefully selected options to invest in whereas others have a much larger range of funds. Work out which is right for you
  • Some providers have a simple interface with clear copy about each investment and its past performances. Make sure you find one that you find easy to use, helpful and clear

Currently, you are able to invest anything up to the tax threshold and choose to have it spread across a Cash, Stocks and Shares and Innovative Finance ISA or consolidated within one account.

As you can only fund one Ethical ISA per tax year it’s a good idea to shop around before you make your choice

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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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