Talking ESG – Lipper Fund Selector 2019 – Video Interview

16 October 2019 in News

Interest in ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance), Sustainable and Impact Investing is growing but there is still some misunderstanding over what it is and in particular how it is not the same as Ethical Investing. Ayres Punchard’s Chris Welsford was invited to speak at the…

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Ayres Punchard named top Sustainable Investment Firm at Worthstone’s SIA Impact Awards 2018

12 November 2018 in News

Isle of Wight based independent financial adviser Ayres Punchard has won the prestigious Worthstone Impact Award because of the company’s overriding investment philosophy that places sustainability at the heart of its investment proposition, aligning its investment strategy to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; for its ‘Welsford Reports’, and for the work that its ESG team has been doing over the past few years – employing detailed ESG (environmental, social and governance) screening to scrutinise companies in the funds included in its clients’ portfolios, and encouraging fund managers to hold these companies to account, if necessary, where it is felt they may be engaging in unsustainable practices.

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The Welsford Report – October 2018

3 October 2018 in News

Lithium-ion Battery Production – Not Child’s Play! This report was authored by Elliott Welsford, ESG & Ethics Team Leader for Ayres Punchard. Foreword by Chris Welsford The Black Country Museum at Tipton in the West Midlands is an absolutely fascinating place to visit. It’s what’s known…

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The Welsford Report – Jan/Feb 2018

16 February 2018 in News

Is Investing in Palm Oil a Slippery Slope? This report was authored by Elliott Welsford, ESG & Ethics Team Leader for Ayres Punchard. Palm Oil is contained within half of all packaged goods that can be bought in your local supermarket, however its production has been…

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The Welsford Report – December 2017

15 December 2017 in News

The Smoggy Island   The first electric vehicles were invented in Britain in the 1830s, but the patent for the first working internal combustion engine – powered by fossil fuels – was granted in 1854, and the electric engine fell into the dark, smoky shadow…

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The Investment Week Sustainable Investment Conference 2017

25 November 2017 in News

The Investment Week Sustainable Investment Conference and Awards has become an annual fixture for Ayres Punchard, providing valuable and often ground-breaking insight into the developing world of sustainable investment. In 2014, Chris Welsford delivered the Keynote presentation for the conference, arguing that NGO’s and protest…

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Thomson Reuters Lipper – European Alpha Expert Forum 2017

7 November 2017 in News

Ayres Punchard’s Chris Welsford is attending the European Alpha Expert Forum 2017, speaking on a panel titled ‘The Evolution of Ethical Investing to ESG and Beyond’, alongside Andrew Parry from Hermes Investment Management and Trevor Allen from BNP Paribas. This panel will discuss ESG analysis and Ethical…

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The Welsford Report – Plastic in the Food Chains – September 2017

25 September 2017 in News

Plastic waste has in recent years become a big topic in public debate, due in part to a growing number of reports about the pollution of our oceans and soil. An estimated 100,000 tonnes of plastic has made its way into the world’s oceans and it is thought to pose a huge risk to the food chain. The potential environmental impact of this phenomenon is only just beginning to be understood, but harrowing images of seabirds with stomachs full of plastic and turtles with plastic straws embedded in their nasal cavities are becoming commonplace on many of our social media news feeds. It is an undeniable truth that non-recyclable plastic packaging poses a serious risk to the environment and the sustainable future of life on earth.

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