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The UN SDGs: Impact or Opportunity?

Since the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were introduced and raised onto the global political agenda, it has served as a guiding framework for many sustainable investors. However, some of the most hotly debated issues about this topic revolve around whether investors can truly make a positive impact to achieving the SDGs. In this video, we discuss the differences between impact and sustainable investing, and how investing in public markets can contribute to the SDGs.
Key points include:
  • Sustainable investments are not the same as impact investments.
  • Sustainable investments in liquid assets can change behaviour, but to claim impact, investments should be intentionally targeting the SDGs and results should be measurable.
  • SDGs offer clear investment opportunities and do not conflict with generating returns.

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