Adding sustainable and impact investments to your portfolio allows for positive social and environmental changes while pursuing competitive financial returns.
Sustainable and impact investing offers you the opportunity to invest in companies that are working towards better ways of doing business, with innovative approaches to support their long term performance. These companies are examining not only their profit potential, but also how their practices impact the environment and society at large.
Your advisor can help explore those companies, and customize your sustainable investing strategy based on your preferences and motivations. We can also review your current portfolio to help you become aware of what you currently own and find potential opportunities to align your investments with your sustainability-driven goals.
You can choose the impact approaches that you prefer through our A-B-C framework:1
- Avoid: Seeks to reduce negative social or environmental effects and manage risk by limiting certain exposures
- Benefit: Seeks to support positive social or environmental practices and enhance potential for long-term competitive financial returns
- Contribute: Seeks to advance positive, measurable social or environmental outcomes and target opportunities where impact is intrinsic to financial performance
Help to solve society’s biggest and growing challenges. Live out your beliefs. Let your investments be a reflection of the issues that matter to you while pursuing your investment goals.
What you care about matters
We use environmental, social and governance data and metrics to assess the sustainability profiles of investments across the following themes:
- People: Commitment to engaged and healthy workers
- Planet: Contributions to climate and sustainability and environmental responsibility
- Principles of Governance: Commitment to ethics and societal benefit
- Prosperity: Contributions to equitable, innovative economic growth and sustainable communities
What are we doing as a company?
As one of the world’s largest financial institutions, we take a key role in building a more resilient future. Through our strategy of responsible growth, we are deploying capital towards a more sustainable economy—helping to create jobs, develop communities, foster economic mobility, and address society’s biggest challenges around the world.
Connect with a Private Client Advisor
Learn more about the benefits of working with Bank of America Private Bank
1 The “A-B-C” framework that helps classify the impact objective of a sustainable strategy was adapted from The Impact Management Project. The Impact Management Project is a forum for building global consensus on how to measure, compare and report ESG risks and positive impacts.
The Chief Investment Office (CIO) provides thought leadership on wealth management, investment strategy and global markets; portfolio management solutions; due diligence; and solutions oversight and data analytics. CIO viewpoints are developed for Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., (“Bank of America”) and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).
Impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.