What are the Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) trends into 2022?

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Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) defined

Integrating personal values and societal concerns with investment decisions is called Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). SRI considers both the investor’s financial needs and an investment’s impact on society.

You can find a more detailed explanation of what Socially Responsible Investing is, and also more about Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in our explainer article here.

We see five Socially Responsible Investing trends as we enter 2022.

  • Climate change
  • Food diversification
  • Fashion industry revolution
  • Mental health
  • Equal pay

Climate change

This is still the BIG one! Although very much a long-term trend and despite being in the public eye for decades and now even more intensely in the 21st century, climate change remains a huge trend in Socially Responsible Investing and will be a massive trend in 2022. Over 90% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real with human activity a significant contributor. The Paris Agreement has been reinforced by the Biden administration signing back up and the COP26 conference in 2021 has sought to move forward a global commitment to prevent or try to limit future climate change.

With a growing global commitment to preventing climate change, the Socially Responsible investor will likely look to invest in companies that are looking to prevent climate change, or even to help to counter climate change. And on the flipside, to avoid investing companies that have a large carbon footprint.

Food diversification

What we eat is increasingly under focus from a personal level, but also on a societal level too. This, therefore, sees an impact for any Socially Responsible investor. The millennial and Gen-Z consumers are not the only segments of society that are changing their dietary and eating habits. The demand for vegan and plant-based protein options has seen strong growth for companies providing sustainable options in these areas, which is clearly attractive from both a financial and Socially Responsible perspective. Beyond Meat and Impossible foods are examples of such companies. This is certainly an area to monitor for 2022.

Fashion industry revolution

Although the fashion industry has always by definition been a trend setter, it has been rather behind when looked at from the SRI viewpoint. Not anymore though. Sustainable fashion is a significantly growing trend, with used clothing companies seeing huge growth. Depending on measurements, the second-hand clothing market is growing by a factor of double-digit multiples compared to new clothing.

The Socially Responsible investor has the opportunity to see high growth alongside meeting their Socially Responsible objectives.

Mental health

The global pandemic has brought mental issues even more to the fore, an area which was already becoming more mainstream and less taboo. The negative impacts for companies from not protecting and helping their employees with mental health issues are significantly high.

This will likely see more flexible working arrangements going forward and outcome-based work models. Businesses that are able to provide a secure and positive environment from a mental health standpoint will likely benefit from better productivity in the future, increasing revenue for their investors.

Equal pay

Although the greater focus on workplace operations has been a growing trend for some time, the global pandemic has brought this even more into focus. Inequality across race, gender and sexual orientation has been brought even more into the spotlight. In addition, executive remuneration gaps and inconsistent pay ratios are even more under scrutiny.

For example, globally, women still earn significantly less than men doing the same jobs. In the US, some data points to this gender wage gap being 70-80% between men and women doing the same job (although the true data is difficult to determine).

Corporates that seek to narrow the social gap between their employees and provide the necessary benefits to their local supply chains will become even more attractive to Socially Responsible investors in 2022. Whereas companies that do not react to this trend are likely to see negative impacts, for example social boycotts, worker strikes and maybe legal challenges. None of which are positive for the stock price.

How to move forward with your Socially Responsible Investing decisions into 2022?

Do your research thoroughly to pick the right SRI choice for you, that suits your goals and objectives. Or find a SRI fund that confirms to the ESG framework and let a professional manage your investment.

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