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Sustainable investing takes a long-term approach and incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into your investment decisions.

The value of investments may fall as well as rise. You may not get back the full amount that you originally invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. There is no guarantee about the level of capital or income returns that will be generated.


We use our expertise to source articles and opinions that take a critical look at the investments market. These articles, provided by leading experts, offer insight into the state of the investments market for charities, plus what to look out for.

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: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect CAF’s views.

  • 16 August 2019 

    Diluted Disclosures

    By Jonathan Parsons. Xylem (the company that is), says its mission is to solve water problems globally. They transport, treat and test water for government, municipal and industrial businesses. The name Xylem then, seems perfectly apt to us.
  • 2 August 2019 

    Nothing new under the sun

    By Ryan Smith. Every single second, the sun furnishes the earth with more than six thousand times the energy produced by all our power plants, engines, factories, furnaces and fires combined!
  • 2 August 2019 

    Sovereign scruples

    By Trevor Holder, Portfolio Manager. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks are of increasing importance to investors. ESG analysis has its roots in sustainable and ethical investing, and there are no universally accepted definitions of these risks.
  • 2 August 2019 

    The good in going green

    By Philip Shucksmith, Portfolio Manager. Discussions around sustainability often involve exclusion – but what are the positive opportunities in sustainable investment?
  • 31 July 2019 

    The ABCs of ESG

    By Curt Custard, Chief Investment Officer. Why we believe environmental, social and governance factors are critical to investment decision-making, regardless of ethics and values.
  • 30 July 2019 

    Is sustainable air travel an electric dream?

    By Daniel McFetrich, Head of Global and International Equity Research, Schroders. The electrification of small planes is an exciting development, but it won’t be anywhere near enough to offset aviation’s hefty carbon footprint.
  • 24 July 2019 

    Why we're at a tipping point for clean energy

    By Mark Lacey, Head of Commodities, Schroders and Alexander Monk, Sustainable Investment Analyst, Schroders. Alternative energy sources to fossil fuels have been around for many years. Wind, solar and tidal power have all been harnessed to a greater or lesser extent by numerous countries around the world. But we think that the transition to renewable energy is set to pick up speed rapidly and there are three reasons why.


  • 8 July 2019 

    Burning ambition: The price of tackling climate change

    Simon Webber, Lead Portfolio Manager, Schroders. Europe wants to become a zero-emissions economy by 2050. To remain competitive, new green border taxes may be inevitable.
  • 4 July 2019 

    China's green electricity revolution

    Ben McEwen, Climate Active Analyst. China’s going need a lot more electricity. The good news is that this boosts the renewables sector and other potentially fast growing opportunities. The bad news is that Chinese companies remain hard to invest in, chiefly because they fail to achieve levels of governance we would find acceptable.
  • 28 June 2019 

    Tipping points

    Ryan Smith, Head of ESG Research. The direction of travel of greenhouse gas emissions is far from good – even BP agree! Which means that the longer governments delay, the more forceful and urgent the policy response needs to be.


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