Socially responsible investing
Express your values, incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and make an impact using Interactive Advisors socially responsible features.

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With the flick of a button. We make it easy for you to switch your recommended asset allocation portfolio to one which takes SRI into consideration. Simply login to your dashboard to view your options and invest/call us for more information or help. You can also invest in SRI themes.

How can I invest in...

...a better planet?

Invest in companies that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building energy efficient products, reducing energy footprint, using alternative energy sources and conserving water.

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Clean Air
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The Clean Air Portfolio is designed to invest in environmentally-conscious companies that are committed to reducing emissions, manage the sustainability of their energy consumption, and aim to have a low-carbon footprint.
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Reduce emissions
  • Sustainable energy consumption
  • Low carbon footprint
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Land Health
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The Land Health Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that pay attention to harmful land waste as a byproduct of their activities and take into consideration the safe treatment, storage, and disposal of solid waste while observing local and universal regulations. In constructing this portf...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Reduce harmful land waste
  • Safe treatment and disposal
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Ocean Life
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The Ocean Life Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that manage their water use and place value on ocean and marine life. We include in this portfolio companies that have waste management and recycling initiatives and controls and systems in place to avoid significant disasters that can i...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Manage water use
  • Value marine life
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Pure Water
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The Pure Water Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that manage their water use and avoid contamination and toxic waste. We include in this portfolio companies that care about the management of wastewater treatment and discharge, their impact on ecosystems and the health and safety of the...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Manage water use
  • Avoid contamination
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Sustainable Product Lifecycle
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The Sustainable Product Lifecycle Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that consider the design, quality, and safety of products and services, focusing on the entire supply chain and the materials used in manufacturing products. This portfolio also attempts to capture the value companies ...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Design for quality and safety
  • Materials in manufacturing
  • Entire supply chain

...social justice?

Invest in companies with social justice goals.

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Fair Labor & Thriving Communities
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The Fair Labor & Thriving Communities Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that care about the societies where they operate as well as maintain diverse and equal opportunities, and development opportunities for their workforce. We include in this portfolio companies that care about uphold...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Societal care
  • Diverse and equal opportunities
  • Workforce development
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Gender Equality
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The Gender Equality Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that maintain diverse and equal opportunities, and development opportunities for their workforce. We include in this portfolio companies trying to achieve gender parity by encouraging equal pay, active recruiting, promotion of women...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Gender parity
  • Recruiting and promotion of women
  • Tailored benefits and mentorship
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LGBTQ Inclusion
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The LGBTQ Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that maintain diverse and equal opportunities, and development opportunities for their LGBTQ workforce. We include in this portfolio companies that focus on culture and hiring and promotion practices that embrace the building of a diverse and...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Diverse and equal opportunities
  • LGBTQ focus
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Racial Equality
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The Racial Equality Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that maintain diverse and equal opportunities, and development opportunities for their workforce. We include in this portfolio companies that practice equal hiring and provide employment opportunities to persons of all races, regard...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Diverse and equal opportunities
  • Recruiting and promotion of all ethnicities

...responsible management?

Invest in companies with ethical leadership and sound governance.

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Company Transparency
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The Company Transparency Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that make an effort to protect their customers. We include in this portfolio companies that care about customer welfare and data security, and follow best practices regarding product safety, quality and product labeling.
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Protect customers
  • Product safety and labelling
  • Customer data security
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Customer Safety
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The Customer Safety Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that care about customer privacy and safety, product access and affordability, product quality and safety, and follow good selling practices. Failure on the part of a company to address these factors may lead to misuse of personal d...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Customer privacy and safety
  • Product access and safety
  • Good selling practices
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Ethical Leadership
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The Ethical Leadership Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that follow best-practice corporate governance, competitive behavior, and risk management principles, and provide equal treatment of stakeholders. We include in this portfolio companies that demonstrate management’s ability to in...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Good corporate governance
  • Resolve conflicts well
  • Avoid collusion and fraud
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Mindful Business Models
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The Mindful Business Portfolio is designed to invest in companies that display business model resilience and incorporate ESG elements into long-term planning. We include in this portfolio companies that are working towards the transition to low-carbon and climate-friendly economies and where mana...
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Proactive ESG
  • Towards low carbon
  • Towards climate friendly

...Smart Beta portfolios with a social edge?

Invest in companies that are good for the world at large while at the same time good for your own investment portfolio.

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ESG Broad Market
IA Socially Responsible Investing
14.3%
365 days
Sharpe ratio: 0.40
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Good ESG scores
  • Large and mid cap stocks
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ESG Dividend
IA Socially Responsible Investing
2.5%
365 days
Sharpe ratio: 0.06
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Good ESG scores
  • Large and mid cap dividend stocks
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ESG Growth
IA Socially Responsible Investing
7.4%
365 days
Sharpe ratio: 0.21
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Good ESG scores
  • Large and mid cap growth stocks
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ESG Quality
IA Socially Responsible Investing
9.8%
365 days
Sharpe ratio: 0.28
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Good ESG scores
  • Large and mid cap quality stocks
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ESG Value
IA Socially Responsible Investing
2.2%
365 days
Sharpe ratio: 0.05
Minimum investment
$100
Management fee
0.11%
  • Good ESG scores
  • Large and mid cap value stocks

How can I avoid companies that do not share my values?

Select from various exclusion groups to avoid companies that you feel do not share your values or add single stock exclusions which automatically apply to all your investments. We ensure that detailed business classification and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) metrics are used in the exclusion group construction process. Each exclusion group typically comprises 25 stocks and is reviewed annually.

Exclusion groups

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Animal testingBusiness ethics controversiesCorporate political spending and lobbyingEnergy intensiveFossil fuelsGreenhouse emissionsHazardous wasteHigh water usageTobacco, alcohol and gamblingWeapons and gun manufacturers
Animal testing

Animal testing

Companies selling personal and household products and services that are tested on animals.

Business ethics controversies

Business ethics controversies

Companies associated with the highest number of ethical, political and corruption-related controversies, as reported in the media.

Corporate political spending and lobbying

Corporate political spending and lobbying

Companies that donate the most in support of political parties/candidates and spend the most on lobbying, relative to size.

Energy intensive

Energy intensive

Companies with the highest total energy usage.

Fossil fuels

Fossil fuels

Companies that operate in the coal industry and /or are among the largest producers of oil.

Greenhouse emissions

Greenhouse emissions

Companies with the highest reported direct and indirect CO2 emissions.

Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste

Companies responsible for creating the largest volume of hazardous waste.

High water usage

High water usage

Companies with the highest levels of water withdrawals.

Tobacco, alcohol and gambling

Tobacco, alcohol and gambling

Companies that derive revenue from the sale of tobacco and alcohol or from gambling activities.

Weapons and gun manufacturers

Weapons and gun manufacturers

Companies that derive revenue from the sale of military equipment and weapons.

Understanding the cost of your choices

  • Many of our portfolios have an overlap with the exclusion groups we provide.
  • Excluding stocks from your portfolio affects its performance.
  • Where possible we reinvest the freed up cash in the rest of the portfolio.
  • The returns for the portfolio excluding selected exclusion groups are computed using the portfolio and exclusion group stock returns during the period.

Use the tool below to see how choosing exclusion groups impacts each of those portfolios. Please see the Important information below to review important disclosures on the risks and limitations of relying on hypothetical returns.

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What’s in a name?

In the industry, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is often used interchangeably with ESG investing, ethical investing, sustainable investing, green investing or impact investing. But it isn't always clear what this means for you or your investments.

We believe investors are catalysts for change in the behavior and the the companies they invest in. Our approach centers on investing in companies that operate businesses with socially desirable products and services as well as the incorporation of ESG factors into investment decision-making, thus incentivizing better practices from the companies.

We want to empower you to make more conscious investment decisions and we offer various easy, transparent and low cost ways for you to express your values.

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