Interest in sustainable investing has significantly increased in the past decade. Morningstar estimates the number of sustainable open-ended mutual funds and exchange-traded funds nearly tripled between 2014 and 2019. However, the consideration of financially material sustainability factors is not a new phenomenon – it draws on a long history of socially responsible investing, from the faith-based investors who supported divesting from South African companies during the apartheid era in the 1980s to the large asset owners who founded the UN Principles for Responsible Investing in 2006. How can investors apply this approach in today’s landscape? What should a due diligence process look like? Are there benefits to an active and engaged approach? On this episode of Disruptive Forces, host Anu Rajakumar is joined by Daniel Hanson, Senior Portfolio Manager for our Sustainable Equity Team, to discuss his approach to long-term sustainable investing.
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