Angry Societies and the growth of Socially Responsible Investment

Angry Societies: A growing phenomenon steeped in socio-political turmoil and economical unhappiness. Reto Hess, Head of Single Security Research Equity, Industrials & Utilities at Credit Suisse describes the phenomenon as this:  “The years of hyper-globalisation helped reduce inequalities across countries but raised inequalities within them, especially in the developed ones,” and as a result, today we’re seeing the birth of a new kind of economic trend –  business for good. 

But when you’re looking for a funding partner that shares your vision to deliver positive impact, are you looking in the right places?

From Oliberté (the world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear factory that strives to develop a thriving middle class in Africa by creating fair-wage, sustainable jobs in the heart of Ethiopia) to Indosole (a shoe company that creates stylish, hip sandals and shoes made from repurposed Indonesian motorcycle tires), the growth of businesses who are doing something more than just trying to make money, is everywhere.

Just recently, in this blog, we discussed the UK’s own #Tech4Good initiative, supported by AbilityNet, aimed at “celebrating the amazing people who use tech to make the world a better place”.  Now in their 8th year, the Tech4Good awards initiative continue to recognise organisations and individuals who use digital technology to improve the lives of others and to make the world a better place.  Previous winners of the the various awards have included Dyslexic Aid, Chatterbox, FabFarm, Sky Badger, Bristol Braille Technology, Wayfindr, , Neighbourly, eWATERPay and many more.

So, it comes as little surprise that underpinning these businesses who are focussed on transforming their environments and markets, are investors who share their passion for sustainability and social responsibility.

Introducing Socially Responsible Investment.

Hardly a new concept, socially responsible investment, or more commonly known as “sustainable investing” has its early origins in the late 1700s, where it is believed that the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), based in Philadelphia at the time, prohibited members from participating in the slave trade – buying or selling humans. Fast forward to today, and the notion of sustainable investing is very much commonplace – whether through Government-controlled funds such as pension funds, or whether through funds such as the AHA Socially Responsible Equity fund, the Calvert Aggressive Allocation Fund, the Domini European Social Equity fund, the Gabelli SRI Green Fund and more.

But defining Socially Responsible Investment is often a tough one to pin down. For example, some investors are anxious to avoid putting their money into firms that manufacture arms, alcohol or tobacco while others want to avoid companies that excessively pollute the environment. But whichever their preference, the number of investors who are looking for mutually-shared initiatives is becoming more and more popular.

So, how does that help you, the growing business?

We know that finding the right kind of funding for your business can be tough, at the best of times. And when you are particularly looking for an investor that shares your passion to do good, then the odds seem to be stacked even higher against you.

Not if you work with us. 

Our years of experience, and our solid investor network means that we have built relationships with individuals and organisations who are as passionate about growth, as you are. But, because of the opportunity that our network offers, we are best-placed to help you find the right investor for your business.  If it’s time to get serious about your business growth, and if you’re ready to become an even greater force for good, then it’s time to speak to us.

 

2018-03-14T12:15:06+00:00March 14th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Angry Societies and the growth of Socially Responsible Investment