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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.

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

  • 22 February 2019 

    Less pain, more gain

    By Craig Bonthron. "The whole point of ESG investing is to take pain. We should be willing to underperform if it this means avoiding companies that do harm”.
  • 22 February 2019 

    Is Brazil the new Saudi Arabia?

    By the Sustainable Investment Team, Schroders. Could forestry’s importance in reducing carbon emissions and the rising cost of carbon credits change the world economy?
  • 18 January 2019 

    The evolution of responsible investing

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in responsible (often referred to as sustainable) investing. However, responsible investing is no fad, nor is it something new to the world of asset management.
  • 17 January 2019 

    Tackling good and bad practices relating to the stewardship of long-term endowments

    Paul Fairbrother. As an increasing number of UK charities seek to invest more responsibly and address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues within their endowment portfolios, it seems right to ask if they are getting what they want from the asset management industry.
  • 14 January 2019 

    China’s long green march

    David A. Smith, Head of Corporate Governance. Policymakers in Beijing can not afford to allow pollution to undermine economic and social welfare. It offers a structural driver that smart investors can take advantage of.
  • 11 January 2019 

    Low and Dry

    Iain Snedden. 2018 brought a bumper summer for Europe – almost wall-to-wall sunshine, toasty temperatures and barely any rain. Great for relaxing in a beer garden and watching the World Cup and, you would think, for those choosing to holiday close to home (more on that later). However, while you were sipping those G&Ts and topping up your tan (or, if you are Scottish like me, cowering in the shade until the evening when it was safe to come out) there were less obvious (and less positive) consequences of the heatwave.
  • 21 December 2018 

    Transition transmissions

    Ryan Smith. Christmas; a time of festive good cheer and occasional natural gassy excesses. Fortunately, this brussel sprout-fuelled bonanza tends to pass by mid-way through whichever repeat you happen to be watching on Christmas day.
  • 4 December 2018 

    The (sustainable) Founder

    By Craig Bonthron. Hollywood usually likes to portray successful businessmen in this way and whilst these types undoubtedly exist, history shows that the most successful are usually good at heart.
  • 27 November 2018 

    Fantastic plastic - too much of a good thing?

    By Henry Boucher, Partner, Deputy CIO. Towards the end of 2017 the BBC’s Blue Planet II series was broadcast around the world. It helped open the eyes of billions of people to the appalling destruction of marine life from irresponsible disposal of plastics.
  • 27 November 2018 

    The tragic V sign

    By Henry Boucher, Partner, Deputy CIO. Perhaps the most significant change on earth over the last 50 years has been the increase in the human population, from 3.6 billion to 7.6 billion people today. This has required us to grow more than double the amount of food and created huge pressures to inhabit areas once the preserve of wild plants and animals.


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