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Sustainable investing

Making choices today that impact our tomorrow

What is sustainable or "ESG" (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing?

In recent years the investment industry, and in turn investors, have introduced a new gauge: ESG – Environment, Social and Governance – as a supplement to traditional financial gauges.

What kind of ESG products can you invest in?

Unit trusts

List of related unit trusts
Unit Trust name Code Currency Risk level Fund details
HSBC GIF Lower Carbon Bond U62869
USD 1 Click here
HSBC GIF Lower Carbon Equity
U62867
USD 4 Click here
HSBC GIF Global Equity Climate Change
U62255 USD 4 Click here
Schroder ISF Climate Change Equity
U62269
USD 4 Click here
List of related unit trusts
Unit Trust name HSBC GIF Lower Carbon Bond
Code U62869
Currency USD
Risk level 1
Fund details
Click here
Unit Trust name HSBC GIF Lower Carbon Equity
Code U62867
Currency USD
Risk level 4
Fund details
Click here
Unit Trust name HSBC GIF Global Equity Climate Change
Code U62255
Currency USD
Risk level 4
Fund details
Click here
Unit Trust name Schroder ISF Climate Change Equity
Code U62269
Currency USD
Risk level 4
Fund details
Click here

Bonds

List of related bonds
Issuer Code Min. purchase amount Risk level
Bond details
Apple Inc US037833BU32 
USD2,000
2 Click here
Apple Inc
US037833CX61
USD2,000
3 Click here
LG Chem Ltd
USY52758AC63 
USD200,000
3 Click here
Verizon Communications 
US92343VES97
USD2,000 4 Click here
List of related bonds
Issuer Apple Inc
Code US037833BU32 
Min. purchase amount USD2,000
Risk level
2
Bond details
Click here
Issuer Apple Inc
Code US037833CX61
Min. purchase amount USD2,000
Risk level
3
Bond details
Click here
Issuer LG Chem Ltd
Code USY52758AC63 
Min. purchase amount USD200,000
Risk level
3
Bond details
Click here
Issuer Verizon Communications 
Code US92343VES97
Min. purchase amount USD2,000
Risk level
4
Bond details
Click here

Why does it matter?

ESG changes are happening faster than ever, reshaping how people live and invest. We believe that ESG factors are going increasingly mainstream and can be used to drive investment outperformance.

Examples of common ESG issues

English letter E with a leaf icon

Environmental

  • Climate change impact
  • Air and Water pollution
  • Waste management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water scarcity
English letter S with a society icon

Social

  • Human rights
  • Consumer privacy
  • Gender equality
  • Data security
  • Health & safety
English letter G with a building icon

Governance

  • Board structure
  • Company ownership
  • Financial reporting
  • Business ethics & culture
  • Executive remuneration