At Holden & Partners, we are working towards a more sustainable future. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations provide a powerful and urgent call to action across all aspects of international development ranging from ending poverty, to tackling climate change, to creating equal opportunities by 2030. 1 Most powerfully of all, they bring us not only the vision, but the roadmap for reaching a sustainable future.
You can find out more about each goal here:
Taking positive action
For Holden & Partners, these SDGs not only inspire us, but inform our work and lives. Since we started in 2003, we have sought out opportunities to contribute to the environment and society, both in how we operate as a company as well as with investments.
As individuals, we can all help achieve the targets. That might be through fundraising activities, spreading the word through social media, or even getting our hands dirty with voluntary work. Perhaps one of the easiest changes we can make is our investment choices.
For investments, we no longer have to compromise performance for sustainability. 28 Take Ninety One’s Global Environment Fund for instance, which features in many of our models. Over 30% of this fund’s revenues are contributing to SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and SDG 13 (Climate Action). This is compared to the iShares World Equity Index Fund, a comparable ‘benchmark’ fund, which only contributes 2% of its revenues to both SDG 7 and 13 respectively. 29
By choosing to invest your money in sustainable funds such as these, you are making a valuable contribution towards achieving the SDGs by 2030.
28. The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may not get back what you invest. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. https://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/news/203214/do-sustainable-funds-beat-their-rivals.aspx