“Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement commitments on climate requires trillions of dollars per year. Much of the finance needed will have to come from private sources, yet inadequate private capital is being deployed in ways that are aligned to these goals and commitments.”
UN Environment Enquiry ‘Making Waves: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development April 2018
The total amount of UK assets under management is £7.7 trillion according to the Investment Association. According to our latest estimates investment in UK retail green and ethical funds is just over £19 billion. A shift in retail capital towards more sustainable investment choices will not only have numerous direct positive impacts on sustainability issues but will also act as a catalyst for increasing institutional investment flows and influencing the financial sector as a whole.
We also believe that as interest in and demand for sustainable investment grows it is crucial that the sustainable and responsible options available do actually represent opportunities to finance a more sustainable economy.