Investment Themes

The UN Sustainable Development Goals & Our Themes

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Translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to investment opportunities provides us, our clients, and the wider industry, with a compelling means to contribute to sustainable development whilst aiming to achieve positive financial returns.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals​

Frame a public policy agenda around which sustainable development policies, plans and programmes should be framed at a national level.
Provide investors across all regions with a thematic framework around which public policy, reform and development priorities will be focused, catalyzing demand for innovation and new or increased investment.
Help businesses align with global priorities: companies can use the SDGs as an overarching guide to shape and steer the development and implementation of their own strategies.
Create opportunities for investors to look at how they can productively allocate capital to organizations responding to this dynamic – e.g. through innovation and development of sustainable products, services and solutions.

Our sustainable & social themes

Are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), translated for use in a financial markets context.
Look to identify and categorise companies based on commercialized outputs, products and services addressing major social and economic needs.
Not only help capital flow toward those issuers delivering positive change but offer potential strong sources of earnings growth and financial return – giving force to the notion of ‘doing well by going good’.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Sustainable Themes
Sustainability Themes
Note: Use of the SDG logos does not imply UN endorsement.

Insights

22 May 2024

Joanna Tano

Head of Research, Europe, Real Estate (EMEA)

UK Real estate – Overview Q1 2024

Total returns for the UK commercial property market turned positive in Q1 2024.
Read time - 3 min
21 May 2024

Pauline Grange

Portfolio Manager, Global Equities

Water in crisis – searching for solutions

With too much, too little or too toxic water the world is facing a water crisis. We explore key issues and challenges before highlighting some of the companies promoting better water management.
Read time - 3 min
20 May 2024

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, EMEA

Inflation falls: how far will interest rates follow?

Inflation is finally falling in the US, UK and Europe, but will we see greater dispersion in central bank actions?
Watch time - 4 min

Collaborative Insights and References

Aligned Columbia Threadneedle Investments Strategies

  • Social Bond Strategies

  • UK Ethical & Sustainable Strategy
  • Carbon Neutral Real Estate Fund
  • European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund

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