What is Sustainable investing?

Sustainable investing was once viewed as a trade-off between value and "values." Yet today, it’s something investors can no longer afford to ignore.

More granular data, sophisticated analysis and shifting societal beliefs have transformed sustainable investing from an asset class on the periphery of a portfolio to an approach investors are using to build their core.

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 specific positive outcomes, there is a broad spectrum of ways to incorporate sustainable investing into your portfolio.

Sustainable solutions - Screens


Removal of companies based on specific companies or sectors that pose certain risks or violate an investor's values.

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Sustainable solutions - ESG


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

Sustainable Themes

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
Demographic shifts
A new and more diverse generation of investors are seeking sustainable solutions at 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.

Why iShares for sustainable investing?

Sustainability and Performance
Take a sustainable approach to pursuing your financial goals.
A suite of sustainable building blocks for the core of your portfolio.
The iShares sustainable core suite delivers a range of broad exposures at a competitive price.

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.

This material is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any financial instrument or product or to adopt any investment strategy.