Investments

We have three priorities in investing your donations for charity: safety, ethics and high interest.

Safety

Managing investments in a safe way is our highest priority. To do this, we take several measures:

Ethical, sustainable and social

All investments at Give for Good are done in accordance with ‘responsible’ investment values. Responsible investing means that ethical, sustainable and social standards are taken into account in the investments.

your impact on charities

High interest

Finally, we make it a priority to generate a high interest every year for the charities.

ESG + SRI: Responsible investing in practise

Responsible investing

In practise, we make our investments ‘responsible’ — i.e., ethical, sustainable and social — by opting for an ESG or SRI investment fund. ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and SRI stands for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI). In these funds, companies in certain sectors are excluded (such as weapons, tobacco and gambling), plus more weight is allocated to companies that perform better on ESG or SRI scores. For info: ESG and SRI investments generate the same (or even better) return as stocks in general. (The average interest per year on stocks in general was 7.0% in the past 150 years, already corrected for inflation.)
SDGs

Investment fund

Donations are invested in the iShares MSCI World SRI investment fund. This fund receives the highest score in terms of sustainable, social and responsible investing at our ABN AMRO investment platform. See here for the ABN’s methodology for calculating this score.

iShares itself describes this fund as follows: 

This fund is a good choice because:

1. It screens out exposure to companies involved in industries such as Controversial Weapons, Nuclear Weapons, Tobacco, Civilian Firearms, Conventional Weapons, Alcohol, Gambling, Adult Entertainment, Nuclear Power and Genetically Modified Organisms.

2. It has enhanced environmental credentials with further screens on companies involved in Thermal Coal, Oil Sands, Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Thermal Coal/Oil Sands Reserves industries.

The Fund seeks to track the performance of an index composed of developed markets ESG (environmental, social and governance) screened companies: the MSCI WORLD SRI Select Reduced Fossil Fuel Index.

Here below you can see how much the fund invests in several specific sectors such as weapons, tobacco, oil and coal.