In conversation with advisers: What next for ESG investing?

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In conversation with advisers: What next for ESG investing?

Partner Insight: Dennis Hall, director and CEO of Yellowtail Financial Planning, Julia Dreblow, founder of SRI Financial Services and Frank Potaczek, head of UK proposition at Architas met in London to discuss how they broach the topic of sustainability and responsible investing to clients.

In the final video in the series, they talk to Julian Marr, editor of Professional Adviser about the future of SRI investing.

Dreblow believes the only way forward for investing sustainably and responsibly is through education. By educating different types of investor from women to millennials - people will get to know more about what SRI investing is.

She says: "I think we have come a long way with SRI investing in the past 25 years. The two areas that have changed most are the following. From the ‘bottom up', we have seen ESG integrated into analysis across major investment institutions.

"From the top, we have seen a growth in the area of impact investment. More funds have begun investing in sustainability issues, human rights and focus on strategies that will be of help to future generations. So it is going in the right direction for sure."

Architas' Potaczek is also optimistic about ESG developing in the future: "When I look at the United Nation's sustainability goals - 17 themes where you can look to invest, sustainable cities, diversity, above the water and below the water. These are things people can latch on to and understand where their investments will be changing things in a positive way."

Finally, Yellowtail's Hall, he believes the time has come for SRI investing: "We have gone through various changes, various regulations, we have had all those changes to deal with. Now you have social media, TV programmes, there has been conversations about plastics pollution and global warming, it is now part of the daily conversation. And I think SRI's time has come."

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