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The evolution of sustainable investing

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23 Sep 2019

The evolution of sustainable investing

With the Sustainable sector’s newly-fashionable status has come some blurring of the terminology in the scramble to launch new products. Distinct and clearly-defined investment approaches have been stretched and morphed to appeal to an even wider investor base. Much of this comes from inexperience, as some of the new kids on the block seek to claim some ground on the RI landscape. RLAM’s Mike Fox traces the development of the sector and demystifies the current landscape.

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) has been providing sustainable investment options since 2003, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of two of the funds in our risk profiled range of five sustainable funds: Royal London Sustainable Diversified Trust and Royal London Sustainable World Trust.

To mark the anniversary, Mike Fox (Head of Sustainable Investing at RLAM) will be offering the benefit of almost 20 years’ experience as he traces the development of the sector, demystifies the current landscape and explains how sustainable investing is applied across the RLAM range in a series of webinars this autumn. 

If you would like to join Mike for our autumn series of sustainable webinars, simply register below to secure your place. 

Is sustainable investing ethical? -  27 September, 2pm 

Responsible investing has grown considerably in recent years, and with that growth has come increasing complexity in the names by which it goes. Do you know your ESG from your RI, or your sustainable from your impact? Mike Fox demystifies the boundaries and describes the sustainable investing landscape.

Sustainable investing – the past, the present and the future – 24 October, 2pm 

The last decade has seen huge developments in sustainability across much of the globe, and this is having a growing influence on the way investments are managed. The key change has been a growing acceptance that applying ESG factors and looking at sustainable themes is beneficial for returns – it doesn’t require investors to make costly choices. But what do the coming years have in store? Mike Fox examines how sustainability will develop over the next coming years.

So, Mr Fox, what is sustainable investing and how it is applied across your funds? – 20 November, 11am

Distinct and clearly-defined investment approaches have been stretched and morphed to make sustainable investing appeal to a much wider investor base. But what does sustainable really mean, and how do Mike Fox and his team put it into effect at RLAM (including some stock stories that might surprise you)?

To find out more about the RLAM range of sustainable funds please visit

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