Couple is joining Ethic, a US$1.3-billion investing fund in New York
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, are the latest to join the boom in sustainable investing as they follow Wall Street in embracing a multitrillion-dollar industry.
The couple is joining Ethic, a US$1.3-billion investing fund in New York, as “impact partners” in the hope of raising awareness around issues such as racial injustice, climate change and income equality, said co-founder Jay Lipman. They had backed the firm earlier this year.
With environmental, social and governance investing now part of mainstream finance, regulators have started paying more attention to how well fund managers’ claims of sustainability match their actions. And with about US$35 trillion parked in ESG assets, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, there’s growing concern that the label is often misused, a practice known as greenwashing.
“Sustainable investing is certainly in vogue right now but likely for the wrong reasons,” said Lisa Sachs, who heads Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment. “We shouldn’t confuse…