Headed by Stephen Whipp, the Responsible Asset Management group at Leede Jones Gable is experiencing rapid growth. As Stephen says, “You really can create wealth and still satisfy your soul. It’s all about ethics and accountability, and putting your money where your values are. When you choose socially responsible investing, you are making a statement about who you are and what you stand for. You are telling the corporate world that the planet and all living things matter. That truth, justice, and human rights matter.”
WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE INVESTING?
Responsible investing (RI) is also known as socially responsible investing, ethical investing or social impact investing.
RI is the integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance standards into the management and selection of investments. RI is becoming a mainstream investment practice. Large institutional and mutual fund managers increasingly adopt it as part of their overall investment strategy. There is growing evidence that RI can reduce risk and contribute to competitive long-term financial returns.
In order to provide ethical investing and values-based financial planning services to families and individuals, Responsible Asset Management relies on Sustainalytics and other research to screen investments. This allows us to ensure that companies meet high operating standards when it comes to the environment, social issues, and corporate governance practices. We are also active members of the Responsible Investment Association, whose members include mutual fund companies, financial institutions, asset management firms, advisors, consultants, investment research firms, asset owners, individual investors and others interested in RI.
Financial institutions are integrating environmental and social concerns into their decision-making, says Michael Jantzi of Sustainalytics.