KHAYA GOBODO: Good returns need not exclude socially responsible investment
The responsibility to improve lives over the long term goes beyond financial growth of assets
As an asset manager, being entrusted with our clients’ capital means "business as usual" is simply not an option. From our understanding of the growing sustainability trend and its potential to affect the competitive landscape across sectors, the industry should be committing itself to responsible investment in order to, first, meet our investment mandate, and, second, contribute positively to our shared future. This commitment has to be actively realised at the asset owner, asset manager and investee company levels. Many investors have an intuitive understanding of sustainability and a genuine interest in contributing to a better tomorrow. Those who have their savings invested with our business depend on us to improve their lives over the long term. This responsibility, we believe, goes beyond merely investment returns.
Being part of greater society also means that asset owners are as concerned about socioeconomic difficulties as everyone else. If given the option to gain inv...