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Impact investing guide

Learn more about impact investing with our made simple guide

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration has become a salient component of best-practice investment management in recent years.

In 2006, the Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) – a set of six investment principles encouraging ESG matters to be incorporated into investment practice – were launched by the UN. The principles were developed by investors for investors, and Hermes became a founding signatory.

For Hermes, ESG investing is not a recent phenomenon. Responsible investing is core to our business, and we have been at the vanguard of ESG investing for more than three decades.

We believe that a responsible approach to investing is appropriate across all asset classes and for all investment strategies. Investors can mitigate ESG risks and capture opportunities through five distinct ESG strategies, which are:

  • Exclusionary screening
  • Positive screening
  • ESG integration
  • Impact investing
  • Active ownership

In order to explain ESG and impact investing, we have produced a Made Simple Guide together with the PLSA, which you can download below:

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