The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed in 2015 as a roadmap towards a more sustainable economy and society by 2030.
In 2023, we have reached the halfway point – and a coordinated effort is needed to get the goals on track ahead of 2030.
Awareness of the effect our consumption choices have on the environment and society has never been higher. Increasingly, individuals are striving to make a positive impact, from using reusable coffee cups and reducing reliance on single-use plastics, to driving a hybrid or electric car. There is growing recognition that choices regarding investments and pensions are no different, and that it is possible to choose options aligned with personal values, as well as delivering financial returns.
At Columbia Threadneedle Investments, we have developed methodologies to use the SDGs to analyse potential investment and undertake company engagement. We believe this helps to support the long-term financial performance our clients want and promote positive change.
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We believe that the financial sector cannot be a passive bystander to sustainability challenges and should work actively alongside companies and governments within their privileged and trusted position as stewards of capital.