Sustainable investing is a term commonly used to describe investment decisions that take into account ‘ESG’ analysis, which is based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. These factors, at times, have also been known to affect the risk and return of investments.
ESG ratings on BT Panorama are a great way for advisers to engage with clients around their investments.
Investors have indicated they think it’s important for financial advisers to ask about their interests and values in relation to investments1 and one of these areas of interest that is gaining traction in Australia is sustainable investing. Of the $2.25 trillion invested in professionally managed assets, 44% is in responsible investments2.
Many investors also believe companies that apply corporate ESG practices tend to enjoy higher profitability and may therefore be better long-term investments3.
Read the article for more on current trends.
Despite the growing level of investor interest, there is a lack of information and tools that investors can use to help evaluate investments on a sustainability basis.
This presents an opportunity for financial advisers to provide guidance and support by confidently talking to their clients about the options available to them.
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BT has partnered with Morningstar and Sustainalytics to provide ESG research tools on the BT Panorama investment platform. The tools aim to help you understand an investment’s exposure to ESG risk and to appropriately consider the sustainable approach of companies when making decisions about investments.
This is how the scores are calculated:
Sustainalytics assesses a company’s performance across a range of material ESG issues, along with its involvement in ESG-related controversies:
Morningstar assesses the holdings of a fund and applies an asset-weighted average of the ESG risk scores from Sustainalytics in relation to the underlying investments.
Each company and managed fund receives a score on a scale of 0 to 100, where 100 represents the highest exposure to unmanaged ESG risk and 0 indicates lowest exposure to ESG risk.
Find out more about the research process.
Sustainability risk score (overall ESG risk score):
For each investment within the same sector you can identify and compare the sustainability scores and their corresponding financial returns for the last 12 months.
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1 From Values to Riches 2020, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia https://responsibleinvestment.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/From-values-to-riches-Charting-consumer-attitudes-and-demand-for-responsible-investing-in-Australia-2017.pdf
2 Responsible Investment Association of Australasia Benchmark Report 2019 https://responsibleinvestment.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/RIAA-RI-Benchmark-Report-Australia-2019-2.pdf
3 Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing Report 2019 https://www.morganstanley.com/pub/content/dam/msdotcom/infographics/sustainable-investing/Sustainable_Signals_Individual_Investor_White_Paper_Final.pdf
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