Ethical investment can cover a wide range of topics, and one of the biggest challenges for the industry today is that of taxonomy.
Do you categorise it as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Impact Investing (focusing on a process of positive outcomes rather than negative screenings) or any of the other numerous acronyms available?
Do you focus on the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the MSCI Sustainable Impact Metrics, or the World Bank Development Indicators?
All have their pros and cons – and whichever you decide to follow, all contribute to the continued growth of one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global financial markets.
Here at Ethical Intelligence, whilst acknowledging the inevitable limitations of the label, we decided to base our resources around what we believe to be the most widely accepted and broadly used terminology within the ethical investment space – ESG.
However, because this is a site focusing on investment professionals, we believe that it is more helpful to categories content primarily by asset class (Funds, Fixed Income and Financing) and secondarily by topic and type.
To ensure comprehensive coverage of the industry, we have also added sections for Supervision (covering regulation, guidelines, multilateral moves and more), Metrics (tracking data, performance, indices and the very latest research) and People (tracing key moves within the rapidly expanding talent pool of ESG around the world) to ensure you get the best and widest perspective of this exciting and constantly evolving industry.
SITE DESIGN AND NAVIGATION
We believe that when it comes to information, you deserve the simplest and most seamless user experience possible – and we understand that each user is looking for something different. That means that unlike other sites, we don’t segregate by content type. Instead, we focus on making our information as searchable, selectable and accessible as possible.
On the main page, our top four stories each week are highlighted as features to give you an easy route into the site, while the Latest News is listed underneath as a date-ordered summary of recent stories. Within Latest News you have the option of filtering the stories by location – so if you are looking for stories from a specific geography, this is the place to find it. If you want to see all stories in all location sections, just click on the heading and it will take you to the Latest News dedicated page.
Over on the right in the sidebar, we highlight the most significant People news of the week, and you can again link to all the latest People news from that heading.
Our secondary vector allows you to filter from the main menu by asset class. Each topic in the menu (Funds, Fixed Income, Financing, Supervision and Metrics) links you to a dedicated page with all the latest stories plus advanced filtering options. For example, you can adjust the Funds page to focus exclusively on bond funds or pensions, or you can filter the Financing category to search all stories on development finance, private equity, or derivatives.