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Welcome to our ESG Investing Special Edition of FundsTalk. In this issue we look at the evolution of ESG investing, looking back at its origins and how it has turned into an increasingly rewarding approach; we provide you with useful talking points to use with your clients; we look at how the industry is looking to integrate ESG into workplace pension default funds; and we talk with the managers of two of our specialist funds.
Iain McGowan, Scottish Widows Investment Director, provides an introduction to the articles in this edition.
With the concepts of ESG investment seeming to take on even greater importance than ever before, we look back at the origins of ESG and the strengthening relationship between good governance and good returns.
With the increasing pressure to include ESG considerations in client discussions, we examine why advisers should be talking to clients about sustainable investing and how to go about it.
We’re keenly aware of the implications of ESG for default funds. Here we look at how the industry is grappling with integrating ESG into workplace pension default funds.
We talk to Andy Simpson, manager of the Scottish Widows Ethical Fund, and Matthew Bennison, manager of the Scottish Widows Environmental Fund, both from Schroders, about their ESG screening process.
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