Sustainable Investing

Why is Sustainable Investing Important?

While sustainable investing has been in practice for decades, interest in this area has grown dramatically over the past several years as investors have been seeking strategies to enhance performance and improve lives. At Fiduciary Trust, we view sustainable investing through an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors lens.

Elements of ESG

We believe ESG-focused investment decision-making is well aligned with being an active capital owner as it:

  • Promotes corporate accountability
  • Expands decision-making information
  • Increases attention on the long-term
  • Incorporates the importance of ethical business practices

What is Fiduciary’s Approach?

Given the potential for ESG factors to enhance investment returns, we consider ESG factors in all of our investment decisions. While the portfolios defined by our firm-level guidance have positive ESG ratings, we also have a range of options for clients who want to take a more proactive approach to sustainable investing:


Pursue investments with high ESG ratings in a diversified portfolio

Many clients are interested in pursuing a proactive, positive ESG strategy, while also achieving investment returns consistent with standard benchmarks. Our ESG Integrated Portfolios are diversified across asset classes and focused on securities and funds with high ESG ratings and proactive ESG strategies. These portfolios span a range for risk profiles, serve as guideposts for custom client portfolios, and have historically produced returns consistent with our standard portfolios.


Avoid investments which can negatively impact the environment or society

Examples include fossil fuels, alcohol, firearms, and gambling


Support issues that are important to you while also generating investment returns

Examples include renewable energy, energy efficiency, water, inclusive finance, education, and health


Produce tangible environmental or social impact while pursuing financial returns

Examples include conservation-based project financing, micro-finance to minority-owned small businesses, and social impact bonds

Recognizing that clients have a variety of objectives and needs in pursuing a sustainable investing strategy, we take a customized approach to constructing and managing a client’s portfolio.  This may involve mixing traditional and sustainable investment options, implementation approaches to minimize taxes, and other client-specific adjustments.

Reach out to a Fiduciary Trust officer to learn more about how we can help you pursue a sustainable investing approach.


The opinions expressed on this page are as of the date issued and subject to change at any time. Nothing contained herein is intended to constitute investment, legal, tax or accounting advice, and clients should discuss any proposed arrangement or transaction with their investment, legal or tax advisers.