“BlackRock getting into impact is a signal to the market that sustainable investing is becoming mainstream.”

Read the full article at: uk.businessinsider.com

Is it possible to invest for a cause and deliver competitive financial returns? A couple of years ago, a group of young financiers at the asset-management giant BlackRock set out to find out.

BlackRock Impact Team’s approach is three-pronged, including screened investments that exclude specific sectors like tobacco or fossil fuels; investments that focus on companies with strong environmental, social, and governance performance, like a low-carbon fund; and investments that target specific, measurable outcomes.

BlackRock’s efforts in this space reflect a broader trend in the market. In short, environmentally minded investing is becoming big business.

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