What is sustainable investing?

Sustainable investing is about investing in progress, and recognizing that companies solving the world’s biggest challenges could 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.

Capital at Risk: The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. You may not get back the amount originally invested.

How to invest sustainably

From eliminating certain exposures to aligning capital with certain outcomes, there is a range of solutions on offer that could empower investors to invest sustainably, whatever their financial objectives.

Sustainable solutions - Screens

ESG screens

Removal of companies based on specific criteria such as business involvement, sector, or controversy, to help investors build a sustainable core.

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Sustainable solutions - ESG

ESG integration

A rules-based approach to selecting companies based on their commitments to positive environmental, social and governance business practices.

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Sustainable solutions - Thematic


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

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Sustainable solutions - Impact


Commitment to meeting both non-financial and financial targets, geared towards achieving a specific measurable positive outcome.

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Sustainable solutions - Impact

There is no guarantee that a positive investment outcome will be achieved.

The growth of sustainable investing

The number and diversity of investors responding to these opportunities are on the rise for several reasons:
Demographic shifts
A new and more diverse generation of investors are seeking sustainable solutions at the heart of their investment portfolios.
Government policies
Evolving government policy is prompting large institutions around the world to put capital towards sustainable investments.
Evolving views on risk
Improving quality and availability of ESG data can help investors identify previously hidden risks and opportunities.

Build a sustainable core

Invest for yourself and future generations with ETFs that screen for important environmental, social and governance (ESG) attributes. With iShares sustainable ETFs, investors can build a low-cost portfolio with broad exposures across key markets.

Global equities

World stocks
Emerging market

European equities

European stocks
EMU stocks

Country-specific equities

US stocks
Japanese stocks

Why iShares for sustainable investing?

Invest with purpose. Take a sustainable approach to pursuing your financial goals.
A suite of sustainable building blocks for the core of your portfolio.
iShares Sustainable Core ETFs are offered at the same price as traditional core exposures.

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.

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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.

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

Sustainable investing at BlackRock

Aug 8, 2018

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    BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment manager in the world. That brings a lot of responsibility with it, to our clients but also to the rest of the world. We take this responsibility seriously, to help our investors make long term, positive impact. How do we do that?

    We express our commitment in three key ways: through our products, through our investment processes and through our investment stewardship.

    In 2015, we launched BlackRock Impact, our global sustainable investment platform, to help investors achieve their social and environmental objectives alongside targeted financial goals.

    We have built off the breadth of the firm to offer a range of dedicated sustainable investment solutions across investment styles, regions and asset classes for both institutional and retail investors.

    We have embarked on a multi-year process to  integrate ESG – environmental, social and governance – metrics into  Aladdin, our firm-wide portfolio risk management system. This our global investment teams to simultaneously evaluate ESG metrics alongside traditional financial factors, enhancing our investment process, and helping us glean new insights into long term drivers of return.

    As a fiduciary to our clients, we have responsibility to engage with companies on factors relevant to sustainable investment performance.  Each year, our investment stewardship team talks to over a 1500 companies on environmental, social and governance issues, helping us make informed voting decisions to guard long term shareholder value.

    As the largest asset manager in the world, we have the strength to help our investors achieve positive change at scale, and the responsibility to start now for our next generation of investors.

    Visit BlackRock.com for more information.