News and Analysis | Written by Richard Ravelin, General Manager,  18 January 2023

Rowan’s green pension contribution to Juliet Davenport’s new book ‘The Green Start-Up’

Our Financial Planner Rowan Harding has contributed to a new book surrounding green businesses and why you should invest ethically.

Juliet Davenport’s latest book ‘The Green Start-Up’ is an essential toolkit for  eco-conscious entrepreneurs. It explores the many issues someone may have when setting up and operating a successful green business and provides expert advice on how these can be resolved.

With Rowan’s experience of over 21 years in the financial services sector, in the book she offers her expert advice for upcoming business minds who want to be ethical with their investments. Rowan talks about the foundations of Path, the legal requirements of businesses with their employees’ pensions and how we are encouraging others to invest their money ethically.

Rowan and Juliet worked together to share ideas and experience in the finance and investments chapter of ‘The Green Start-Up’. Rowan emphasises the importance of continuing to put pressure on pension providers to become greener.

“Currently there are a few providers offering limited ethical investment choices but when you look under the bonnet of these, they are a lighter shade of green. However, the more pressure put on providers from employees and employers, then the more change can happen.”

Financial movement Make My Money Matter similarly underlines the significance in more people pushing for less harm to people and planet through pensions as they state that “£1.7 trillion remains in schemes that have yet to align with the Paris Climate Agreement”.

Juliet encourages that “if you are new to setting up a pension scheme, you are in the perfect position to seek out ethical options.” Within the book, Juliet discusses that every person’s idea of ‘ethical’ differs. Many ethical funds remove the obvious contenders that many people take issue with their money being invested in, which Rowan describes as “fifty shades of green”.

Path’s green pensions make a positive impact on people and the planet, being more purposeful and rewarding than other ways of lowering your carbon footprint.

We know that in a single year, £100,000 invested in a green pension could achieve 32 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided, 7.5 tonnes of waste recycled, 26MWh of renewable energy generated and 2.9 million litres of clean water provided.

By switching your pension over you can make a positive impact on your investments and the environment around you.

Get in touch with us today to see how you can switch your pension to us and have a positive impact with your investments.

As always with investments, your capital is at risk. The value of your investment can go down as well as up, and you may get back less than you invest. This information should not be regarded as financial advice.

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