2017 Awards Categories

Best Environmental Fund

Open to all mutual funds with at least 50% of the portfolio in environment-related investments such as clean technology, clean or alternative energy, water, food, agriculture or forestry, as well as companies/businesses related to these sectors. Funds need to have a clear environmental focus and investment mandate.

2016 Winner: Impax Environmental Markets
2016 Highly Commended: RobecoSAM Sustainable Water

Best Environmental Fund Management Group

Open to any fund management group with a minimum of three funds* in any individual environment-related fund categories, such as clean technology, clean or alternative energy, water, food, agriculture or forestry.

2016 Winner: Impax Asset Management

Best Sustainable Investment Fund

Open to all mutual funds with a major focus on investing in companies that supply solutions to major global environmental and social challenges. Funds need to have a clear sustainable investment mandate.

2016 Winner: FP WHEB Sustainability Fund
2016 Highly Commended: RobecoSAM Smart Materials

Best Sustainable Investment Fund Management Group

Open to any fund management group with a minimum of three funds* that have a major focus on investing in companies that supply solutions to major global environmental and social challenges.

2016 Winner: BMO Global Asset Management
2016 Highly Commended: Standard Life Investments

Best ESG Investment Fund

Open to all mutual funds with a major focus on the long term benefits of investing in companies with a strong sustainable and environmental, social and governance (ESG) record.

2016 Winner: Alquity Asia Fund
2016 Highly Commended: Arabesque SICAV - Arabesque Systematic

Best ESG Fund Management Group

Open to any fund management group with a minimum of three funds* with a major focus on the long term benefits of investing in companies with a strong sustainable and environmental, social and governance (ESG) record.

2016 Winner: Hermes Investment Management
2016 Highly Commended: Newton Investment Management

Best Ethical Investment Fund

Open to mutual funds which have an investment mandate to look at ethical companies or bonds, where ethical criteria are pre-determined at the fund's launch by the fund manager or an independent ethical investment committee or organisation. The fund needs to clearly state its ethical criteria and parameters.

2016 Winner: Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund
2016 Highly Commended: Amity UK Fund

Best Ethical Investment Fund Management Group

Open to any fund management group with a minimum of three funds* in the ethical sector.

2016 Winner: BMO Global Asset Management
2016 Highly Commended: EdenTree

Best Social Impact Investor

Open to financial institutions that invest or lend money based on sustainable values that help achieve a positive impact on society.

2016 Winner: Bridges Ventures
2016 Highly Commended: LGT Impact Ventures

Best New Entrant

Open to any fund management group or company which has launched a product or service in the environmental, ethical or social investment sector in the last 12 months.

2016 Winner: Threadneedle Ethical UK Equity Fund
2016 Highly Commended: Impax Environmental Leaders Fund

Award for Innovation (Funds & Portfolios)

Open to Fund and Portfolio management companies that can demonstrate innovation in improving or expanding the investment base of environmental, ethical and social impact sectors.

2016 Winner: Arabesque SICA Prime and Systematic
2016 Highly Commended: Jupiter Global Ecology Diversified SICAV

Award for Innovation (Research & Methodology)

Open to companies that can demonstrate innovation in research and/or methodology of investing in environmental, ethical and social impact sectors.

2016 Winner: Morningstar Sustainability Rating
2016 Highly Commended: Barclays Impact Investing Framework

Award for Innovation (Non-Fund)

Open to companies that can demonstrate innovation in improving or expanding the investment base of environmental, ethical and social impact sectors. Examples include products/services/institutions that have been developed to answer a particular sustainable challenge.

2016 Winner: The Social Stock Exchange
2016 Highly Commended: The Complete Quality Cycle (LEAF)

Best Thought Leadership Paper on Sustainable Investing

Open to firms who have contributed to a topic on sustainable investment issues such as climate change, ethical, social impact, corporate governance and social responsibility issues. Papers must have been published in the last 12 months either on websites, in publications, press release or sent out to clients.

2016 Winner: EdenTree: Amity Insight: Natural Capital - Exploring Nature's Investment Case
2016 Winner: Royal London Asset Management: Deal or no deal: Change is coming (but we still need a deal)

* judges can override this requirement if the group is deemed to have sufficient experience in the sector.

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