Employee benefits and wealth management firm Premier has launched a new responsible investment proposition.
This actively-managed discretionary portfolio takes into consideration a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as part of its investment strategy.
This ‘Responsible Future’ portfolio focuses on opportunities to invest in companies which embrace ESG philosophies, reduce climate change risks associated with their business, employ a broad and diverse executive board structure and demonstrate a positive strategy on human rights and labour conditions.
It provides exposure through a range of collective investment funds on which Premier has conducted extensive research to determine the ESG credentials of the fund manager, the fund’s proposition and objectives.
The new investment product is available to Premier Wealth Planning clients.
Premier Wealth Planning head of investment strategy Robert Hird says: “Investing responsibly is integral to the values and culture within Premier.
“When we make investment decisions for our clients we expect to see fund managers undertaking thorough due diligence and engaging in active dialogue with any company they are considering investing in, while also maintaining regular reviews to ensure ongoing adherence to ESG philosophies.
“Investors are now not just looking to maximise returns, but are also to have a positive impact on the environment and wider social issues.
“Overlooking the factors influencing ESG considerations will have a potential negative impact on investment returns in a changing world, so we are excited about the qualities and standards the Premier Responsible Future portfolio brings to the investment space.”
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