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Sustainability & ESG overview

Invest in areas that have positive impacts on the Environment and Society

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is focused on building a more sustainable future by investing your money in companies and funds that meet strict environmental, social and governance criteria.


An investment’s environmental impact is important to many investors. This can involve avoiding fossil-fuel businesses such as the oil and gas industry or seeking to invest in companies that actively benefit the environment, such as renewable companies.
Companies that would have a negative impact on the environment in their daily operations are those that would contribute more towards:
  • Pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Resource depletion
  • Climate change


The social component of ESG investing is focused on the impact a company makes on its customers, staff, and suppliers. This may include a company’s consideration towards diversity in the workplace, and their responsibility for the labor practices in the supply chain (for example in the retail and fashion industries).
Investors have the potential to influence these companies, and further shape our society to deliver a positive social impact by addressing issues like:
  • Working conditions
  • Modern slavery & child labour (Human rights)
  • Employee relations


Investment Managers, and others looking to allocate capital, have a responsibility to hold companies to higher governance standards, to ensure the protection shareholder rights, disclosing information, etc.
The following factors are usually taken into account when determining a companies governance standards:
  • Company Taxes
  • Corruption
  • Executive pay
  • Board diversity
  • Political influence

Sustainability Factors

Taking a responsible approach to investing is not about sacrificing returns, it is about delivering more sustainable returns over the long term and in turn securing the future.

If you need Financial Advice on how to get started with Ethical Investing, and want to know how to incorporate ESG & Impact funds into your Investment Strategy or Retirement Planning, contact us and we will be able to guide you through the process.

When providing advice, Hennelly Finance considers the adverse impact of investment decisions on sustainability. As part of our research and assessment of products, we will examine the Product Providers literature to compare financial products and to make informed investment decisions about ESG products.

Hennelly Finance will at all times act in the client’s best interests and keep clients informed accordingly.

The consideration of sustainability risks can impact on the returns of financial products.

We are remunerated by commission and other payments from product producers. When assessing products, we will consider the different approach taken by product providers in terms of them integrating sustainability risks into their product offering. This will form part of our analysis for choosing a product provider.

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