What is sustainable investing?

Sustainable investing is about investing in progress and recognizing that companies solving the world’s biggest challenges may be best positioned to grow. It is about pioneering better ways of doing business, and creating the momentum to encourage more and more people to opt in to the future we're working to create.

Through the combination of traditional investment approaches with environmental, social and governance (ESG) insights, investors ranging from global institutions to individuals are taking a sustainable approach to pursuing their investment goals.

 


How to invest sustainably

There is a broad spectrum of ways to incorporate sustainable investing into your portfolio. At BlackRock, we break them down into three main categories.

ESG

ESG
Evaluating and selecting companies based on their commitments to positive environmental, social and governance business practices. All iShares ESG funds also seek to track indexes that screen out civilian firearms, controversial weapons and tobacco.*

Thematic

Thematic
Focus on a particular E, S, or G issue, for example clean energy or the diversity of a company’s workforce.

Impact

Impact
A targeted investment that is geared toward achieving both a measurable sustainable outcome alongside a financial return.

The growth of sustainable investing

Sustainable investing is growing across a wide range of investors. The demand is being driven by a number of trends.
Demographic Shifts
Demographic shifts
A new and more diverse generation of investors are seeking sustainable solutions for the heart of their investment portfolios.
Government policies
Government policies
Evolving government policy is prompting large institutions around the world to put capital towards sustainable investments.
Evolving views on risk
Evolving views on risk
Improving quality and availability of ESG data can help investors identify previously hidden risks and opportunities.

All iShares sustainable funds

ESG ratings and characteristics can help investors integrate more non-financial but material information into their investment process. Visit each fund’s product page to learn more about its ESG profile.

UK ESG Funds U.S. ESG Funds

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Why iShares for sustainable investing?

Purpose and performance
Purpose and performance
Invest with purpose. iShares Sustainable Core ETFs seek to achieve a more sustainable outcome without sacrificing performance.
Access
Access
A suite of sustainable building blocks for the core of your portfolio.
Low-cost
Low-cost
The iShares Sustainable Core delivers a suite of quality funds at a competitive price.

BlackRock’s commitment to sustainability

BlackRock is committed to sustainable outcomes and long-term value for our firm and our clients. Our intention is to maintain and act upon a long-term view in the way we conduct our business, invest, serve our clients and give back to the communities in which we and our clients live and work.

First and foremost, our job is to help grow our clients’ assets. In doing so, our unique investment platform, technology, and risk analytics enable us to identify and offer exposure to attractive sustainable investment opportunities, helping investors identify long-term investing opportunities to accomplish more with their dollars.

Read Larry's letter to CEOs

"Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors relevant to a company's business can provide essential insights into management effectiveness and thus a company's long-term prospects."

Larry Fink - Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock