Sustainable investment solutions

Sustainable investing can mean different things to different people. There is a wide range of dedicated sustainable investment solutions available to suit investors of all motivations and objectives.

Capital at risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of the investment and the income from it will vary and the initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.

Different sustainable investing styles

At BlackRock, we distil client motivations into a spectrum from Avoid to Advance as a framework to think about different sustainable investing outcomes.

Sustainable solutions icon-Avoid.

'Avoid' is about minimising or eliminating exposure to certain companies or sectors associated with negative ESG characteristics that could pose reputational or other related risks, or which violate the asset owner’s values.

In 2019 BlackRock launched official base-line screens which will be incorporated, where possible, into all new fund launches. These baseline screens were developed post consultation of clients across our EMEA client base.

Learn more about base-line screens

Sustainable solutions icon - Advance.

'Advance' is about increasing or targeting exposure to positive ESG characteristics. This might include using ESG scores as an additional layer in portfolio/index construction or focusing on a specific social or environmental theme or outcome.

Sustainable, or ESG-focused, strategies carry risks like any other investments, yet we see encouraging evidence that investors can make their portfolios more sustainable without compromising on traditional financial goals.