Of course, investing is first and foremost a question of returns and dividends. This can nevertheless reflect your vision for our society today as well as for the society our children will inhabit.
At BNP Paribas Fortis, you can choose sustainable and responsible investments. This is your opportunity to generate both financial and social surplus value through products and services which, in addition to their potential return, contribute to making the world a better place. Choosing socially responsible investments supports companies that have made a resolute choice to favour sustainability, and who are concerned for the economic reality of tomorrow.
There are a number of ways in which you can choose sustainable investments. Here are some of them:
- Thematic approach
Companies are selected on the basis of the future challenges that may arise in this changing world: respecting the environment (alternative energy, waste recycling), insufficient or dilapidated infrastructure (access to drinking water, water purification, construction of hospitals and schools), the ageing population (health care, nursing homes), etc.
- Best in class
Companies can also distinguish themselves through good results in their sector on their SRI report. For instance, these model pupils excel in terms of respecting the environment, social responsibility, working relationships and management. By investing in these companies, you can launch a positive movement in order to encourage other stakeholders in this sector to continually develop similar practices.
In the case of some products, solidarity is expressed by allowing investments in socially responsible projects via credit facilities. External certification by an independent agency, such as Forum Ethibel, acts as guarantee. Moreover, we dedicate a part of the entrance and management fees from certain products to our partners, such as microStart, the Red Cross and la Fondation contre le Cancer (Foundation against Cancer).