In the past, most Australians didn't think about what their money was doing. Well, beyond making them more money, that is.
However, in recent years a surge in community interest in social causes – from labour conditions to medical innovation to climate change – has created a seismic shift in the investment scene.
In fact, nearly half of investments in Australia in recent times have been made ethically, with consumer demand the major driver.
Any investment where an individual or company has chosen to invest in line with their values can be said to be called ethical.
In formal terms, this refers to a process which takes environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into account when researching, analysing, and selecting investments.
However, from this point the definition becomes blurry, as these ESG values vary from person to person.
For example, you might have a moral issue financing a company that is involved in the destruction of old-growth forests. However, you may have no qualms in supporting a company which manufactures alcohol.
What's important is your investment factors in these values and your money supports companies and activities you like, not dislike.
According to the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), there are five major processes you can use to make your investment ethical:
While there are a lot of companies out there selling their ethical & Sustainable investment wares, it pays to do your research.
The RIAA website is a good place to start for more details on the basics.
Or, you can come speak with us to get the lowdown on your options. We'll guide you on how to make your investments best work for you, your family, and the world you wish to see.
Free consultation at a location of your choice. Here we will meet, listen to your goals and aspirations, and then collect the information relevant to provide a tailored advice solution.
Utilising our broad knowledge base, and ensuring compliance with relevant rules and regulations, we undertake detailed research to ensure we have considered all aspects of your situation.
Here we will identify and evaluate alternative strategies based on achieving your goals, and confirm their suitability for your needs.
We will present you with a Clear & Concise plan to achieve the goals that you set out. This will include all the ‘nuts & bolts’ information and the various steps to be taken to meet your goals.
Simple – this step is putting the plan into action.
We will meet with you AT LEAST once a year to ensure your plan remains relevant and you are still on track to meet your goals.