Sustainable Investing

Evaluation and analysis of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors that impact a company's sustainability and long-term value.

What is Sustainable Investing?

Sustainable investing provides a way to invest in strategies using a disciplined evaluation of one or all of these considerations:

  • Environmental themes, such as investing in companies that are responding to consumer demand for sustainable practices
  • Social themes, such as investing in companies committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Governance themes, such as investing in companies committed to diverse board composition, strong oversight, and shareholder friendly practices.

Investors are increasingly looking to influence social, environmental, and governance outcomes through sustainable investing solutions. Fidelity sees this growing investor interest in sustainable solutions as a way to provide investors with the opportunity to invest in alignment with their specific values and interests or incorporate these factors into the investing decision-making process.

Sustainable Investing with Impact Video

Why Nicole Connolly believes factors like sustainability and diversity can be long-term performance drivers.

Learn More About Fidelity and ESG Investing

Many Investing Approaches Under One Umbrella

Fidelity views sustainable investing as an umbrella term, covering several approaches, which include:

  • Negative/Exclusionary Screening, screening out companies based on a set of values
  • ESG Integration, analyzing corporate policies, statements, and reports with an eye toward mitigating risks and/or uncovering investment opportunities
  • Thematic/Impact Investing, investing in companies with the intent of generating social and environmental impact alongside financial gain
ESG IntegrationThematic/Impact InvestingNegative/Exclusionary ScreeningAvoiding investments in companiesTypes ofApproachesExamplesor industries deemed unacceptable orcontroversial, based on moral valuesand standardsEx-TobaccoEx-Fossil FuelEx-GamblingInvestorMotivationAlign investments with valuesor missionMinimize negative impactand/or risksPrimaryInvestingTechniquesExclusionary screeningIntegrating ESG factors into investmentdue diligence and analysis to identify acompany’s risks and opportunitiesBroad sustainabilityResponsible investingHighlight materiality of someESG issuesImprove standards of corporatebehavior via proxy votingand engagementEnhance returns and mitigate risksPositive screeningBest-in-class selectionIn-depth analysis of each industryProxy voting and/or engagementInvesting in companies or organizationsto generate social and environmentalimpact along with financial gainWaterAlternate EnergyPovertyGender DiversitySupport the mission of aspecific companyGenerate social and/orenvironmental impactRobust screeningIn-depth analysis to understandcompanies’ revenue streams

Sustainable investing was once associated with excluding or screening investments based on certain criteria. Today, sustainable investing is about more than just excluding options based on your values. Cast a wider net for companies that manage risk and create business opportunities through this lens and you may find opportunities that could help you meet your long-term financial goals.

Sustainable Investing Resources

Fidelity’s Sustainable Investing Funds

ESG Integration
Name Symbol
Fidelity U.S. Sustainability Index Fund FITLX
Fidelity International Sustainability Index Fund FNIDX
Fidelity Sustainability Bond Index Fund FNDSX
Active Thematic
Name Symbol
Fidelity Environmental and Alternative Energy Fund * FSLEX
Fidelity Advisor Women's Leadership Fund FWMNX
Fidelity Water Sustainability Fund FLOWX
 
 

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