JM: There is a wide range of investors, from those who believe that companies' only objective is to make money for investors, to those who are positive, proactive, and impact-focused. If you try to avoid negative impacts, and seek positive impacts, in the long run you have an investment that performs well in terms of risk and return. This will help to shed light on some of the negative impact that is financed through conventional investment funds. We see investors taking steps to reduce downside risks — such as those from climate change and stranded assets. Jacco Minnaar: Triodos Bank was established in by four founders with backgrounds in commercial banking. There is a lot of research now that demonstrates this is a misconception. One hundred percent of our activities use the lens of impact, risk and return. That's partly because you avoid downside ESG risks, but also, and maybe even more importantly, because the global sustainability challenges we face create investible opportunities.
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JM: There is a wide range of investors, from those who believe that companies' only objective is to make money for investors, to those who are positive, proactive, and impact-focused.
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EF: What misconceptions about impact investing do you often see from prospective investors? We will continue our journey to deliver important positive impact, and reasonable risk and return to our investors. In between are investors with minor exclusions, who apply negative screens, or who practice some degree of ESG integration.
We see investors taking steps to reduce downside risks — such as those from climate change and stranded assets. The EU's taxonomy will define which funds can be marketed as 'sustainable' so, if done well, it can be a great tool to help investors steer capital into sustainable outcomes or economic activities as the EU calls it.
These give us an indication of impact, but they are still just a proxy for the real downstream impact that we enable through our investments.
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Erik Breen, director of impact equities and bonds at Triodos Investment Management, will depart from the firm at the end of the year to focus on. Triodos Bank.
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Most assets are still being invested from the perspective of financial risk and return only, but we do see this slowly shifting more towards investing for positive change.
This will help to shed light on some of the negative impact that is financed through conventional investment funds. JM: EU regulation is important as it has the potential to drive the market in the direction we want it to go.
But there is also a growing number of investors who want to go further than basic risk mitigation, to invest inline with the type of world they want to live in. For these investors, the driver is changing the world for the better.