Kames, Pictet, Impax and Vontobel are among the finalists that shone in this year's Environment, Ethical Social & Governance Investment (ESGI) Awards. A strong group of shortlisted entries saw a number of hotly contested categories including Best Environmental Fund, Best Environmental Fund Management Group and Best Ethical Investment Fund.
Now in their fifth year, the awards have broadened out from their original climate change focus to recognise wider environmental, ethical and corporate governance issues, as well as social impact investing; issues that continue to grow in importance and play a significant part in the political and news agenda, whether it be the living wage argument or solutions to the energy debate.
Commenting on this year's awards, chair of the judging panel, Deborah Benn said:
"Performance was a welcome factor of this year's awards, with many entrants matching if not beating the performance of generalist funds. It not only showcases the investment potential of the sector, but firmly puts environmental, ethical and social investment funds in the mainstream."
The awards were preceded by a conference that explored the investment potential of the sector, as well as new and innovative developments that are helping to find solutions to the world's environmental problems.
The awards ceremony took place at Le Meridien Hotel in London on Tuesday 26th November. The awards are aimed at fund managers, institutions and companies investing in these sectors, and whose work promotes a greater understanding of the potential for investing in environment, ethical and social themes. Entrants are asked to complete a questionnaire. Certain categories also incorporate a voting element.
For further information on the conference and awards, including criteria and methodology see http://events.investmentweek.co.uk/esgiawards/static/home