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Sustainable Investment Awards Winners

The winners of Investment Week’s Sustainable Investment Awards 2016 have been announced [finalists]. To see the article and results visit Investment Week.

Award for Innovation (Funds & Portfolios)
Arabesque SICA Prime and Systematic – WINNER
Ecofin Global Renewable Infrastructure Fund
EQ Positive Impact Portfolios
Jupiter Global Ecology Diversified SICAV – highly commended
Odyssey Green Planet Fund
Wealthsimple SRI Portfolio

Award for Innovation (Research and Methodology)
Morningstar Sustainability Rating – WINNER


Barclays Impact Investing Framework – highly commended
Fund EcoMarket sriServices
Impact Investing Programme Axa
Kempen Capital Management – SHIFT TO Long-term Investing
Style Research’s Peer Insights

Award for Innovation (Non-fund)
The Social Stock Exchange – WINNER

Agrooter (Delap) Ltd
Coffee-Eco System (918 Coffee Co)
The Complete Quality Cycle (LEAF) – highly commended

Best ESG Investment Fund
Alquity Asia Fund – WINNER
Arabesque SICAV – Arabesque Systematic – highly commended
Caravel Emerging Markets Sustainability Fund
Kempen Sustainable European Small-cap Fund
RBC Global Equity Focus
Sustainable Insight International Equities
Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund
Vontobel Fund – mtx Sustainable Emerging Market Leaders


Best ESG Fund Management Group
Hermes Investment Management – WINNER

Alquity Investment Management
Arabesque Asset Management
Jupiter Asset Management
Newton Investment Management – highly commended
Sustainable Insight Capital Management

Best Environmental Fund
Impax Environmental Markets – WINNER

AXA WF Planet Bonds
BGF New Energy Fund
Jupiter Ecology Fund
Odyssey Green Planet Fund
RobecoSAM Sustainable Water – highly commended
Schroder ISF Global Climate Change Equity
Vontobel Fund – Clean Technology

Best Environmental Fund Management Group
IMPAX Asset Management – WINNER

BlackRock – highly commended
Jupiter Asset Management
Vontobel Asset Management

Best Ethical Investment Fund
Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund – WINNER

Amity UK Fund – highly commended
Davy Ethical Equity Fund
F&C Responsible Global Equity Fund
Kames Ethical Cautious Managed Fund
Newton SRI Fund for Charities
Premier Ethical Fund
RL Ethical Bond Fund

Best Ethical Investment Fund Management Group
BMO Global Asset Management – WINNER
EdenTree – highly commended
Kames Capital

Best New Entrant
Threadneedle Ethical UK Equity Fund – WINNER

Davy Ethical Equity Fund
Ecofin Global Renewable Infrastructure Fund
Heartwood Ethical Balanced &Heartwood Ethical Growth
Impax Environmental Leaders Fund – highly commended
Liontrust GF Water & Agriculture Fund
Salam Pax Serenity Sukuk
Schroder QEP ESG strategy

Best Social Impact Investor
Bridges Ventures – WINNER

AXA Investment Managers
LGT Impact Ventures – highly commended
RobecoSAM

Best Sustainable Investment Fund
FP WHEB Sustainability Fund – WINNER

Alliance Trust Sustainable Future Absolute Growth
F&C Responsible Global Equity Fund
Kempen Sustainable European Small-cap Fund
RL Sustainable World Trust
RobecoSAM Smart Materials – highly commended

Best Sustainable Investment Fund Management Group
BMO Global Asset Management – WINNER

Alliance Trust Investments
Candriam Investors Group
Jupiter Asset Management
Royal London Asset Management
Standard Life Investments – highly commended
Sustainable Insight Capital Management

Best Thought Leadership Paper on Sustainable Investment
EdenTree: Amity Insight: Natural Capital – Exploring Nature’s Investment Case – WINNER

BlackRock: Adapting portfolios to climate change
Bridges Ventures: Better Outcomes, Better Value: The evolution of social impact bonds in the UK
Caravel Management: ESG Investing in Emerging and Frontier Markets
Newton Investment Management: The impact of ethical investing on returns, volatility and income
RobecoSAM: Does Corporate Gender Equality Lead to Outperformance?
Royal London Asset Management: Deal or no deal: Change is coming (but we still need a deal) – highly commended
Sustainable Insight: S is for Social

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Green Weddings Trend: Why 70% of Newlyweds Are Going Green

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A couple of months ago, my best friend got married to her new husband. They are both very eco-conscious people, so they decided to have a unique twist on their wedding. They asked for the following:

  • They arranged a carpool with their friends.
  • They didn’t have any balloons. Instead they used umbrellas.
  • They used plant materials instead of plastic confetti.
  • My friend insisted her husband not purchase a diamond. In addition to being ecologically conscious, she didn’t like the idea of having a stone that was used in conflict zones.

My friends aren’t the only ones making these changes. In fact, nearly a quarter of all newlyweds are organizing green weddings.


Green Weddings Are Becoming the Norm

People are more concerned about green living than ever before. They are trying to incorporate environmental protectionist ideas into every facet of their lives, even the most intimate, such as marriage. A growing number of people are trying to have green weddings, which can make a big difference in reducing their carbon footprint.

How much of a difference can this make? Here are some statistics to bear in mind:

There are a number ofreasons that green weddings are becoming more important. Here are a few.

People Are More Worried About Environmental Preservation than Ever Before


Green living in general is becoming a greater concern for most people. Even younger conservatives are breaking from their older counterparts by insisting on fighting climate change. According to a poll from Pew Research earlier this year, 75% of Americans say that they are very concerned about protecting the environment. Having green weddings is a good way to act on this concern.

One of the biggest changes people are making is using recycled products for their green weddings. This is explained by the research from Pew:

“Overall, 32% of U.S. adults say they are bothered a lot by people throwing away things that could be recycled. Roughly six-in-ten Americans (61%) who say they always try to live in ways that protect the environment say it bothers them “a lot” when others throw away things that could be recycled. Among those who are less focused on environmental protection, only a quarter say it bothers them a lot when others don’t recycle. People who are environmentally conscious are also twice as likely as others to say that seeing someone incorrectly putting trash in recycling bins bothers them a lot (42% vs. 21%).”

Indifferent Politicians Are Driving them to Take More Initiative

Many politicians in power have been very hesitant to take action on climate change. Many of them have openly stated that it is a hoax. These politicians are forcing people to do what they can in their own lives to make a difference. Making small changes, such as hosting green weddings, is a great way to improve the environment without waiting for political momentum.

Cost and Simplicity

A couple of the biggest reasons that people want to host green weddings have nothing to do with their concern for the environment. Running green weddings is simply cheaper and simpler than having a massive, traditional one. One of the biggest changes is that they are buying green engagement rings from the best brands.

Green Weddings Are the Future

Green weddings have become very popular over the past few years. They will probably account for close to 90% of all marriages by 2025. People that are planning to get married should look into the benefits and plan accordingly.

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Green Tech Start-Ups: Are they the Future?

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Endless innovations are occurring in green companies, reinventing the industries they belong to. Gradually, they are beginning to amass more success and popularity. Consequently, these factors serve as a good indicator for green technology businesses, and their development must begin somewhere.

Green tech start-ups boast a wide array of opportunities for the economy and environment, while boosting recruitment openings with valuable services. While the technology industry is littered with high revenues and competition, the green tech start-ups are the clear sign of a cleaner future.


Fulfilling a Genuine Need

Many tech companies will market themselves as the ultimate tech giants to shift stock and make profit. As they all vie for attention through warped corporate rhetoric, there is only one ethical winner; the start-up green tech company.

Some argue that mainstream tech businesses have grown far too big, branching out into other industries and standing between the consumer and practically everything they do. However, green tech start-ups go beyond the shallow ambitions of a company, answering a call to sincerely help the customer and climate in any way they can. Of course, this is an attractive business model, putting customers at ease as they contribute to a humanitarian cause that is genuine through and through.

After all, empathy is a striking trait to have in business, and green tech start-ups maintain this composure by their very nature and purpose.

Creating Opportunities

Despite the pursuits for clean energy still needing more awareness, green tech is an area that is ripe for contribution and expansion. There’s no need to copy another company or be a business of cheap knockoffs; green tech start-ups can add a new voice to the economy by being fresh, fearless and entrepreneurial.


Technology is at its most useful when it breaks new ground, an awe that eco-friendly innovations have by default in their operations. Of course, green tech start-ups have the chance to build on this foundation and create harmony instead of climate crisis. Ultimately, the tech advancements are what revolutionise clean energy as more than an activist niche, putting theory into practice.

Despite the US gradually becoming more disengaged with green technology, others such as China and Canada recognise the potential in green technology for creating jobs and growth in their respective economies. The slack of others spurs them on, which creates a constant influx of prospects for the green tech sector. Put simply, their services are always required, able to thrive from country to country.

A Fundamental Foresight

Mainstream technology can seem repetitive and dull, tinkering with what has come before rather than turning tech on its head. Since 2011, technology has been accused of stagnation, something which the internet and petty app services seem to disguise in short reaching ideas of creativity.

However, green tech start-ups aren’t just winging it, and operate with a roadmap of climate change in the years ahead to strategize accordingly. In other words, they aren’t simply looking to make a quick profit by sticking to a trend, but have the long-term future in mind. Consequently, the green tech start-up will be there from the very start, building up from the foundational level to only grow as more and more people inevitably go green.

They can additionally forecast their finances too, with the ability to access online platforms despite the differing levels of experience, keeping them in the loop. Consequently, with an eye for the future, green tech startups are the ones who will eventually usher in the new era.

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