Investors increasingly seek investment solutions that address global concerns and help provide financial security. Including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs) in investment decision-making is one way toward attaining both aims.
American Century thinks impact investing using the SDG framework is especially crucial in emerging markets (EM). EM countries need greater investment in infrastructure, technological innovation and education than more developed markets. Living standards are among the lowest in the world and socioeconomic inequalities, including gender and income, can be significant. With some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems, EM countries are also more vulnerable to environmental damage as well as pandemics and rare regional diseases.
American Century’s approach to impact investing in emerging markets offers a distinct proposition: To invest in accelerating growth companies whose businesses seek to help address some of the world’s most pressing concerns in countries that may need the most help. They believe providing investment solutions geared toward the SDGs is a natural extension of the impact their firm creates through their unique impact business model.
They believe investors can achieve positive social and environmental impact by investing in EM companies that contribute to one or more of the U.N. SDGs. They think this impact can be accomplished without compromising investment returns or reducing environmental, social and governance (
)-related risk mitigation.
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