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Sustainable investing

People are becoming more interested than ever in sustainability and the environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards of the companies they buy from and invest in. As a member of a workplace pension, you too are an investor. Just like you can make lifestyle choices with the environment in mind, like recycling and reducing your carbon footprint, you can also make sustainable choices for your pension.

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Find out why it's important to understand how and where your pension savings are invested

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What is sustainable investing?

At Fidelity, we use the term ‘sustainable investing’ to encompass ESG issues and related topics. ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. Analysing ESG factors can be a way to assess the sustainability and social impact of an investment in a company and to identify risks. Fund managers can incorporate this information into their investment process. Some of the things that might be considered are:


  • Climate change
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Resource depletion, including water
  • Waste and pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Loss of biodiversity


  • Working conditions, including slavery and child labour
  • Local communities, including indigenous communities
  • Conflict regions
  • Health and safety
  • Employee relations and diversity


  • Executive pay
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Political lobbying and donations
  • Board diversity and structure
  • Tax strategy
  • Minority shareholder rights
What about sustainable investing and my workplace pension?
Are there different ways of investing sustainably?
Will it impact investment performance?
Are sustainable funds a risky investment?
How is Fidelity de-carbonising?

Together our pensions are powerful

Your pension could be a powerful way to help reduce your carbon footprint.

Busting sustainable investing jargon

Our ‘jargon buster’ can help you understand common sustainable investing terms.

Learn more about sustainable investing with Greensight

If you're interested in learning more about sustainable investing, our online e-learning resource Greensight is the perfect next step for you. It can help you to improve your understanding of sustainable investing and what it might mean to you and the world we all live in. As well as information about how you could choose to invest your pension in a responsible way. 

With Greensight, you can learn at your own pace, as it will remember your progress (without any need to log on) so you can build your knowledge step-by-step.
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Helping you have your say

Curious about where your money goes when it leaves your payslip? We’ve partnered with fintech company Tumelo to bring you Fidelity Illuminate - an opinion tool which enables you to see the companies your pension savings are invested in, and give you a voice on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that matter to you. 

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Important information - Funds with an ESG investment focus may perform favourably or unfavourably in comparison to similar investments without such focus. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.