Sustainable Investing Has a Language Problem

Editor's Views: After years of debate and tinkering with the naming of sustainable funds, surely we can do better than describing them as Article 6, 8 and 9?

Holly Black 9 April, 2021 | 10:42AM
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The investment industry is, I think, doing a really good job at sustainability. A growing army of funds now have a sustainable mandate and fund managers are out there engaging on behalf of their investors and calling companies to account on a daily basis – stewardship reports from Aviva, Invesco and others detailing such activities have all landed in my inbox this week and it’s great to see managers voting “no” on over-generous remuneration packages or acquisitions and takeovers that won’t benefit the company or its stakeholders.

Regulators, too, are helping to drive this by encouraging in some cases and mandating in others for fund managers to do more to explain to investors exactly what they’re doing – and to deliver on it. Greenwashing just ain’t gonna cut it any more.

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Holly Black  is Senior Editor,