Aged 27, Hannah is one of the many millennials wanting to use their money for good and she’s not alone. According to a survey in September – commissioned by Triodos – 64% of 18 to 24-year-olds would consider putting their money in an impact investment fund. This mirrors the way that more millennials are demanding greater sustainable choices in everything they buy, from food to banking.
Hannah is currently on a graduate training scheme in Bristol with the aim of becoming a chartered accountant.
Why do you invest with Triodos?
I wanted to see my money supporting causes and companies that I believe in. I was also keen to actively avoid investing in companies that have a negative social or environmental impact. Investing with Triodos made sense to me because I get a good return on my investment and my money is having a positive impact and reflects my values.
What attracted you most to the Triodos Impact Investment funds?
I liked the fact that the fund is medium risk, so you get a good return, but you also invest in companies doing good. It was easy to do.
Why is it important to you that your bank supports your values?
Money is a powerful tool that can do both good and bad. As soon as I had some money to invest, I wanted it to go towards causes I believe in. Investing in companies that are doing good for people and planet is a logical step for me. It’s very easy to be removed from the consequences of your investments, but what you invest in has an effect on the world around you.
How important is it to know where your money goes, and what your bank invests in?
Very important. I want to know where my money is going and what I am supporting through my investments. Transparency is crucial in reassuring me that my money is being used responsibly.
Seeing the power of the fossil fuel divestment movement and the fear it put into the industry really made it hit home how powerful where you invest can be, then realising that there’s a bank that allows you to use your money for good, it was a no brainer to invest with Triodos.
With all investing, your capital is at risk. The Triodos Impact Investment Funds should be seen as long-term investments (five years or more), as their value can go down as well as up and you may not get back what you put in. It’s important to remember that past performance is not a guide to future returns.
Triodos Bank doesn’t offer financial advice, so if you're unsure which investment is right for you, it’s a good idea to ask an independent financial advisor.
Triodos Impact Investment Funds
We offer three Impact Investment Funds - the Triodos Pioneer Impact Fund, the Triodos Global Equities Impact Fund and the Triodos Sterling Bond Impact Fund.