Our understanding of the likely impacts of climate change means it is imperative for us to consider how it might affect portfolio performance. This creates significant potential for long-term investors to focus strategically on shifting allocations to investment themes and sectors that are particularly strong at mitigating climate risk or exploiting new climate-related opportunities.
Europe is seldom considered the most exciting place to invest. This is mainly because European index returns – a proxy for average market returns – have been modest over most time frames. But Europe offers some excellent investment opportunities for active investors willing to seek out its treasures.
Building a Green Future – Vincent McCarthy talks to Aidan McKenna, Manager of the Climate Enterprise Action Fund at Enterprise Ireland, discussing supports available, objectives of the fund and whether the plans will be matched by action. The governmental agency is one of Ireland’s largest seed investors and so it also has the potential to play a pivotal role in making sustainable investment the standard, by embedding sustainability and ESG across all of their investment funds.
Individuals, the ultimate architects of a company and its culture, will need to be honest with themselves and choose whether they want to focus on appearance or substance. Corporate culture has been engrained over decades so strong characters, with character, need to step forward. If you don’t question things, then nothing will ever change.
Q3 2021, Issue 8 — The Official Quarterly Magazine of ESG Ireland. The latest issue features articles from leading investment managers, and interviews with Aidan McKenna of Enterprise Ireland and the co-founder of a startup focusing on cooling the cloud!
For a growing cohort of investors, financial returns aren’t enough. Those investors seek social and environmental progress in tandem with competitive investment performance. Impact investing through public equities provides an innovative mechanism to help realise their objectives.