Equities are commonly known as stocks and shares, and refer to the ownership of a share in a publicly quoted company. Owners share in the risk and rewards of the company’s performance.
Equity investments have been the focus of most responsible investment activity. Research is available on the social, environmental, governance and ethical performance of most publicly quoted companies. Investors can use the research to make decisions on companies to avoid or support. It is also possible to use the ownership rights that come with equity investments to engage with companies or vote on issues of concern.
The Responsible Investment options for equities depend on whether your charity invests through pooled funds or through a segregated approach.