Sunit works as a communications manager in international affairs and lives in south-east England. He loves music, film and is a big fan of Liverpool FC. He’s been a Triodos impact investor since 2013.
Why is it important for you to invest ethically?
I want my investments to work for people and planet. Not only do I not want my investments to facilitate the violation of human rights or destruction of the environment, but I also want them to have a positive impact.
I personally think it's not good enough to be neutral, and instead want investments that promote sustainable development and help reduce inequalities.
What attracted you most to the Triodos impact investment funds?
I wanted to invest in the stock market in order to diversify my investment portfolio, but I wanted to do so in an ethical way. When I first started getting interested in ethical finance, I started saving advertisements and links. And then I spent some time going through them all, investigating what different companies and organisations offered. Triodos came out on top.
What impact has awareness of the climate emergency had on your investment decisions?
I’ve been mindful of the climate emergency since the 1990s. I’ve worked in the international non-profit sector for quite a while – as a professional since 2003 and for even longer as a volunteer. My awareness of global heating has certainly increased over the years, and I believe it’s vital that the finance sector helps rather than hinders efforts to combat the climate emergency.
What sectors in society would you like your money to support the most?
Global poverty, human rights, peace and environmental sustainability to name a few. I am a committed internationalist.
In the UK, the energy, agriculture and housing sectors strongly relate to the climate emergency and I’d like to see more investment options that help in those areas.
Why do you choose to invest with Triodos?
Ethical finance is a diverse and growing sector and Triodos is a leader across lots of areas.
I like Triodos’s monthly emails and all the information I've had over the phone when I've been discussing my investments has been really clear and helpful. I've always received excellent customer service and enjoy being an investor with them.
With all investing, your capital is at risk. The Triodos Impact Investment Funds should be seen as long-term investments (five years or more), as their value can go down as well as up and you may not get back what you put in. It’s important to remember that past performance is not a guide to future returns.
Triodos Bank doesn’t offer financial advice, so if you're unsure which investment is right for you, it’s a good idea to ask an independent financial advisor.
Investing with Triodos
The Triodos Impact Investment Funds focus on driving positive environmental and societal change around the world and work hard to deliver competitive financial returns.
You can invest in the funds directly or via the tax-efficient Triodos Stocks & Shares ISA.
Please note that with investment in ethical funds and companies, as with all investments, past performance is not a guide for future returns, and you may not get back the amount that you originally invested. Currency fluctuations and changes to exchange rates may also affect the value of your investment. The tax benefits of an ISA are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances.