Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

ESG investing and trading

Discover how you can support positive change through responsible investing – buying and owning ESG company shares and ETFs. You can also trade them, speculating on share price movements.

Call 0800 195 3100 or send us an email with any questions about opening a trading or investment account between 8am and 6pm (UK time) on weekdays.

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Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

Contact us 0800 409 6789

Call 0800 195 3100 or send us an email with any questions about opening a trading or investment account between 8am and 6pm (UK time) on weekdays.

Contact us 0800 195 3100

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

Contact us 0800 409 6789

Why invest in or trade ESG with us?

Diversify your exposure

Choose specific companies, or diversify your exposure with an ESG ETF

Focus on your preferred themes

Invest in ESG themes like green and solar energy, technology, low carbon emissions and a fair workplace

Experience full transparency

See the complete underlying holdings of an ETF using our ETF screener

Enjoy excellent value

Get exposure to UK shares and ETFs from £3 and US shares from zero commission1

Drive positive change

Invest in companies that make a demonstrably positive impact through ESG

Get the global standard

Invest in or trade of ETFs from some of the world’s biggest providers such as Vanguard and iShares

Discover our ESG markets

With us, you can buy and sell shares and ETFs on our award-winning platform.2 Here are some of the themes that you can choose from.3

  • Green and solar energy
  • Technology
  • Low carbon dioxide emissions
  • Fair workplace

Shares

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Companies listed here have an ESG environment risk score of under 3 and a low to negligible overall ESG risk rating as assessed by Sustainalytics and reported by Yahoo Finance (May 2021).4 Scores are categorised according to risk severity: 0 – 10 is a negligible risk, 10 – 20 is a low risk, 20 – 30 is a medium risk, 30 – 40 is a high risk and 40+ represents a severe risk.

ETFs

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ETFs listed here are the most popular green and solar energy theme ESG ETFs on our platform.

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Companies listed here are tech sector companies with low overall ESG ratings as assessed by Sustainalytics (May 2021).4 Scores are categorised according to risk severity: 0 – 10 is a negligible risk, 10 – 20 is a low risk, 20 – 30 is a medium risk, 30 – 40 is a high risk and 40+ represents a severe risk.

ETFs

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ETFs listed here are the most popular technology theme ESG ETFs on our platform.

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Shares

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Companies listed here have an ESG environment risk score of under 3 and a low overall ESG risk rating as assessed by Sustainalytics and reported by Yahoo Finance (May 2021).4 Scores are categorised according to risk severity: 0 – 10 is a negligible risk, 10 – 20 is a low risk, 20 – 30 is a medium risk, 30 – 40 is a high risk and 40+ represents a severe risk.

ETFs

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ETFs listed here are the most popular low carbon dioxide emissions theme ESG ETFs on our platform.

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Companies listed here have ESG social and governance risk scores of under 5, respectively, and a low overall ESG risk rating as assessed by Sustainalytics and reported by Yahoo Finance (May 2021).4 Scores are categorised according to risk severity: 0 – 10 is a negligible risk, 10 – 20 is a low risk, 20 – 30 is a medium risk, 30 – 40 is a high risk and 40+ represents a severe risk.

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ETFs listed here are the most popular fair workplace theme ESG ETFs on our platform.

Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 15 minutes.

Ways to invest in or trade ESG shares and ETFs with us

With ESG investing and trading, you can get exposure to shares and ETFs in the following ways:

Share dealing

Invest in physical shares and receive dividends (if offered by the company)

Spread bets

Speculate on whether a market’s price will increase or decrease

CFDs

Buy or sell contracts based on whether you think a market’s price will rise or fall

Learn more about buying and trading shares and ETFs

Investing vs trading company and ETF shares

With us, you’ll use a share dealing account when investing in companies or ETFs. As the owner of the physical shares, you’d be a shareholder with the right to receive dividends (if offered). In addition to this possible income, you could also make a profit if you sell your shares for more than the original buy price. But if you sell them at a lower price, you’d incur a loss. So, you may get back less than the amount you committed, but any losses are capped at the your total initial outlay (excluding additional fees).

Since you’ll be using spread bets and CFDs to trading company or ETF shares with us, you’ll trade with leverage. This means that your initial outlay is decreased significantly compared to investing as you’ll only need a deposit, known as margin, to open your position while getting full exposure. Leverage magnifies both possible profits and losses. Therefore, it’s vital that you manage your risk appropriately.

Investing vs trading company and ETF shares

With us, you’ll use a share dealing account when investing in companies or ETFs. As the owner of the physical shares, you’d be a shareholder with the right to receive dividends (if offered). In addition to this possible income, you could also make a profit if you sell your shares for more than the original buy price. But if you sell them at a lower price, you’d incur a loss. So, you may get back less than the amount you committed, but any losses are capped at the your total initial outlay (excluding additional fees).

Since you’ll be using spread bets and CFDs to trading company or ETF shares with us, you’ll trade with leverage. This means that your initial outlay is decreased significantly compared to investing as you’ll only need a deposit, known as margin, to open your position while getting full exposure. Leverage magnifies both possible profits and losses. Therefore, it’s vital that you manage your risk appropriately.

What is ESG investing and trading?

ESG investing and trading focuses on environmental, social, and corporate governance factors, which help to measure a company’s sustainability and societal impact.

A focus on ESG is considered to add value to a company with a likely increase in longevity.

ESG investing and trading enables you to buy and sell, or take a position on the share price movements of assets where environmental, social and governance factors are measured and compared.

There’s been a trend of companies driving positive change actively through ESG that’s grown tremendously. These companies go beyond just making a profit – they are committed to shaping a better, more sustainable future. By investing in them, you’d be supporting their efforts and eventual societal impacts.

How to start investing in ESG or trading ESG assets

  1. Decide whether to invest or trade
  2. Open an account or log in
  3. Identify your opportunity
  4. Take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your position

Open an account to get started trading or investing in thematics and baskets

Open an account to get started trading or investing in thematics and baskets

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 18,000+ global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

ESG investing and trading costs

Here are some of the ESG investing and trading costs that you might need to consider before opening your position.

  • Share dealing costs
  • Spread betting costs
  • CFD trading costs

With us, you can get the best commission rates. Here’s how our costs compare to those of our competitors.

Provider IG Hargreaves
Lansdown
AJ Bell
Best commission rate on US shares and ETFs Free £5.95 £4.95
Standard commission rate on US shares and ETFs £10 £11.95 £9.95
FX conversion fee 0.5% 1.0% 1.0%
Best commission rate on UK shares and ETFs £3 £5.95 £4.95
Standard commission rate on UK shares and ETFs £8 £11.95 £9.95
How to qualify for the best rate Open 3 or more positions on your share dealing account in prior month 20 or more trades in prior month 10 or more trades in prior month

Margin5 Minimum margin requirement of 20% for share and ETF spread bets6
Spread From 0.1% on major shares to 1% on other shares and guaranteed stop premiums from 0.3%, the same spreads apply for ETFs
Overnight funding Overnight funding applies to positions held overnight on cash (spot) spread bets only. Spread bet forwards do not incur overnight funding
Margin5 Minimum margin requirement of 20% for share and ETF CFDs6
Commission Commission from £10 for UK-listed shares and ETFs
Overnight funding Overnight funding applies to positions held overnight on cash (spot) CFDs only

ESG investing and trading on the UK’s best trading platform2

You can invest in ESG opportunities via share dealing, or trade using spread bets and CFDs directly from your browser, or on the go with our mobile trading app.

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app

Get exposure to ESG opportunities straight from your desktop

Access ESG opportunities wherever you are, whenever you want

How to find ESG stocks or ETFs in the UK

Find an ESG stock using the search bar below, or check out our ETF Screener for ESG ETFs.

ESG at IG

We understand the importance of ESG principles, which is why we align to them by:

  • Ensuring low emissions of harmful substances
  • Driving good stakeholder management and conduct that yields sustainable, long-term returns
  • Facilitating fairness in the workplace for all of our employees

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Choose the world's No. 1 spread betting provider

Why open a trading account with anyone but the best spread betting provider? With 45 years of experiance, we're proud to offer a truly market-leading service.

Choose the world's No. 1 spread betting provider

Why open a trading account with anyone but the best spread betting provider? With 45 years of experiance, we're proud to offer a truly market-leading service.

Choose the world's No. 1 spread betting provider

Why open a trading account with anyone but the best spread betting provider? With 45 years of experiance, we're proud to offer a truly market-leading service.

Choose the world's No. 1 spread betting provider

Why open a trading account with anyone but the best spread betting provider? With 45 years of experiance, we're proud to offer a truly market-leading service.

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1 Commission rates differ for UK and US shares. Trade in your share dealing account three or more times in the previous month to qualify for our best commission rates. Please note published rates are valid up to £25,000 notional value. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees
2 Best finance app and best multi-platform provider as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020
3 The ESG shares and ETFs listed on this page aren’t necessarily the best ones – they are merely some popular stocks and ETFs to watch
4 Sustainalytics, 2021
5 Leverage can magnify both your profits and losses as they’ll be based on the full exposure of the trade, not just the margin required to open it. This means losses as well as profits could far outweigh your margin, so always ensure you’re trading within your means
6 Margin on shares and ETFs usually starts at 20% for retail traders. Margin for almost all shares is between 20 and 25%. Deposits for leveraged trades are 20-25% on 99.77% of tier one US shares and 99.11% of tier one UK shares