Investment Themes

The UN Sustainable Development Goals & Our Themes

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.


5 May 2019

The future of food: Eat or be eaten

The food value chain is vital to the success of many economies and global financial markets, as well as sustainable development.
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5 June 2018

Tackling financial exclusion through the financial markets

We believe that tackling financial exclusion around the world is not just the right thing to do, it is something that will benefit economies and boost financial markets. More people entering the financial system will not only start up more businesses but also boost tax receipts.
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5 March 2018

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A touchstone for today’s responsible investor?

Investors are increasingly seeking to understand and measure the wider consequences of where they allocate their capital. In this article, we look at how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help to inform investor choices.
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