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Our ESG investment strategy explained

Investors are increasingly considering ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles alongside traditional financial factors, to create a more sustainable portfolio. We believe that companies that meet high ESG standards are likely to outperform those that don’t, sometimes by a significant margin. Equally, companies that act irresponsibly have seen catastrophic repercussions, both ethically and commercially.

Our ESG Portfolio Service enables your clients to take a more responsible approach to investing; helping them invest in funds that work towards making the world a better place, while also doing their best for their long-term financial security.

What is ESG investing?

ESG investment principles

Looking at the criteria set out below allows investors to assess a company’s social and economic impact and think about how this might affect a business model over time. Businesses working in a more sustainable way, with robust policies and procedures around ESG issues may also be attractive from a risk and return perspective.

How we create our ESG Portfolio Service

Our ESG Portfolio Service offers your clients impact investing with a thematic approach.

We choose our themes by thinking about the impact they will have on both planet and people, ensuring a holistic and well-rounded approach that brings exciting investment opportunities.

Impact investing means:

  • Choosing companies that we believe will have a demonstrable impact for good on the planet and the people within it
  • Engaging in positive inclusion, which naturally excludes exposure to undesired sectors
  • Investing where we see the potential for a positive contribution.


Our thematic approach

Identifying specific sustainable themes allows for a more specialised investment approach which enables us to pay attention to all opportunities associated with an identified, investible theme.

Our ESG themes detailed below span multiple regions, sectors, and business ecosystems. Looking for consistent exposure to a particular theme ensures the portfolio is focused on high growth and long-term economic value creation.


We believe that these themes, while having a positive impact on both planet and people, are also likely to provide favourable long-term investment returns, as sustainable practices become more and more integral to daily life – and business performance.

Investing responsibly without compromising performance

With this service, your clients invest in managed portfolios, based on our standard Managed Portfolio Service (MPS) portfolios, which we run on your clients’ behalf. This allows them to benefit from our breadth of investment expertise, which includes our ‘inflation+’ investment strategy and protection on the downside.

Our ESG portfolio is built with the same philosophy in mind: we use this inflation+ investment expertise as a base, and then invest in thematic investment funds that meet your clients’ ethical criteria. Each portfolio aims to protect and grow assets in real terms by targeting a return above inflation net of charges, over the medium to long term.

Importantly, we also look for funds that have a long and successful track record of outperforming their competitors. We aim to achieve a dual objective: generating performance while benefiting society.


Our ESG Portfolios

We offer five different Risk Profile (RP) strategies, so your clients can invest sustainably with the appropriate level of risk. Our multi-manager ESG portfolios are designed to work over a typical investment cycle of seven to ten years, so we recommend that clients stay invested for at least seven years.

Our ESG portfolios enable clients to take a more forward-looking, responsible approach to ESG issues. Your clients’ investments will benefit from the best of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management’s thinking and long-term experience. We monitor and manage portfolios to ensure that each client’s investment risk is kept at a level that suits them through true diversification, while also investing in companies that we believe will have a positive impact on both planet and people.

Learn more about how we can help your clients

Find out more about our ESG portfolio service.

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Investment involves risk. The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Our portfolios are designed to work over a typical investment cycle of seven to ten years, so we recommend you stay invested for at least seven years.

The information provided is not to be treated as specific advice. It has no regard for the specific investment objectives, financial situation or needs of any specific person or entity.


Download our ESG brochure

  • Find out the details of the service
  • Learn how we choose suitable funds
  • Find out about our three different ESG portfolios.

Meet our ESG investment experts

If you would like to know more about our ESG Portfolio Service, please get in touch. We will be delighted to give you more details.

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Patrick Thomas

Investment Director, Head of ESG Portfolio Management

As Head of ESG Investing I am responsible for the investment strategy for our ESG portfolios and manage the Canaccord ESG Thematic Growth fund. My day-to-day role involves thematic research, fund manager due diligence and portfolio construction. I am a member of the firm’s Asset Allocation Committee and Fund Selection Committees. I chair our ESG Committee and sit on the firm’s Climate Action & Sustainability Committee. Away from my desk, I spend a lot of time presenting to investment professionals on sustainability risks and opportunities.

I am a Chartered Fellow of the CISI, hold the CFA Society’s Certificate in ESG Investing and was named one of Citywire Wealth Manager’s Top 100 Fund Selectors in 2022.

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Mike Myers

Investment Director/ Team Leader

I joined Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management as part of the acquisition of Punter Southall Wealth (PSW) and I manage a range of different portfolios, including private clients, trusts and charities. I specialise in ESG investing and launched PSW’s SRI Service in 2019. I began my career at Neptune Investment Management, helping to build relationships with discretionary fund managers and institutional clients. I hold a BA in politics from Nottingham University, have completed the IMC, the Chartered Wealth Management Qualification (level 7), the CFA ESG Certificate and achieved a distinction for my master’s degree in wealth management at Cass Business School. I was also named in Citywire’s Top 30 under 30 Wealth Managers for 2019.

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Justin Oliver

Chief Investment Officer, Canaccord Genuity Funds

I began working in the investment industry in 1994 and joined this company in 2000. In this time, I have progressed from being a Portfolio Manager, through to an Investment Director, before becoming Deputy Chief Investment Officer in 2014. In April 2022, I was promoted to Chief Investment Officer, CG Funds, taking on the investment leadership role for our award-winning range of funds.

As well as managing the CG Cautious, Balanced and Growth Funds, I have oversight of all the funds in the range. This includes the responsibility for ensuring that our CG Fund managers have the resources and support they need. I provide active support to the international sales team and take the lead on investment communication for the CG Funds, both internally and externally. I am also heavily involved with the company's wider investment process, as a member of the firm’s asset allocation, ESG and passive investment committees.


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Investment involves risk and you may not get back what you invest. It’s not suitable for everyone.

Investment involves risk and is not suitable for everyone.