Columbia Threadneedle: Social bonds an obvious tool for any investor

A year after launching its European Social Bond Fund, Columbia Threadneedle is pleased with the investor uptake, and still a firm believer that after the "E" in ESG, it is the "S" that will become the next big thing.

Helping others through investments in for example social bonds is very much possibility for the conscientious investor today. Social Bond Funds are one option. | Photo: Rob Owen-Wahl / Stock.xchng

ESG -- short for Environmental, Social and Governance -- is an acronym flying around the financial industry right now at a speed to make heads spin. In the last few years, most emphasis has been put on the "Environmental" part of the idea, because of the urgency felt internationally about the need to mitigate climate change.

"But when the environment is fixed, we still have a whole range of social challenges in our world that we still have to take on and do something about. And this is where social bond funds come in," Simon Bond, director of responsible investment portfolio management at Columbia Threadneedle Investments tells AMWatch at the Nordic Investment Forum 2018 in Copenhagen.

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