Powering change

We have conviction in acting, advocating and leveraging influence to deliver change with and on behalf of our clients. We take our role as an active steward very seriously. Our focus is on engagement, voting and market reform to generate outcomes that benefit our clients and in many cases society, the environment and the broader economy as well.

Active ownership - voting and engagement

Stewardship means taking responsibility for something entrusted into someone’s care. To us, that means monitoring, engaging, and, where appropriate, intervening, on matters than can have a material impact on the long-term value of our clients’ investments – issues such a board diversity, human rights abuses and greenhouse gas emissions. We use our expertise and influence to promote good practice among those companies and projects in which we invest to gain insight and reduce risks and spot opportunities.

Shaping sustainable capital markets

We also recognise that sometimes engaging with a company is not enough. We operate in a market that is imperfect and policy makers and regulators can play a critical role in defining the framework within which companies and investors operate. We work tirelessly to help shape capital markets that factor in people and planet, as well as profit.

Responsibility built-in

As a long‑term, active investor we hold a deep conviction that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors can have a material impact on investment returns and client outcomes.

Responsible investing is a driving force across every investment we manage.

We integrate material ESG factors into our investment approach for all asset classes and regions that we invest in. Our investment teams are supported by a Global Responsible Investment (GRI) Team, where 22 ESG analysts act as a centre of excellence on ESG. We generate macro, thematic, industry, security- and asset-specific qualitive insights to enhance investment processes. We have proprietary quantitative ESG scoring tools to underpin the assessment of ESG risks at both a security and a portfolio level.

Our approach is set out in our Responsible Investment Philosophy and we have an ESG policy for every asset class. Our commitments are fully embedded into our internal controls environment and are subject to robust challenge form the firm’s control functions as well as assurance from our external auditors.

We also recognise that institutions and individuals have different ESG needs. Our ESG Solution capability works with clients to help them define their approach to ESG and design investment strategies that meet their preferences. We offer several sustainability-focused funds that are designed to deliver sustainable outcomes alongside financial performance. 

Connected thinking

We believe in the power of connections and connected thinking. Creating a sustainable future and delivering long-term investment returns can only be accomplished by working together with colleagues, clients, competitors, policy-makers and regulators to connect different perspectives, share knowledge and experience.

It is only when clients feel connected to their capital, able to see where their money is going and what it is doing on their behalf, that they will feel truly empowered and impelled to push for change. That’s why we have created and contributed to initiatives that aim to make sustainable investment easier for customers, like building new sustainable standards at firm and fund level with the British Standard Institute or shaping the Investment Association’s sustainable framework.

We connect stakeholders to build award winning sustainable institutions that deliver for everyone. One of those is the World Benchmarking Alliance, an impact initiative that publicly ranks large, leading companies around the world on the impact they’re having on the planet to incentivise businesses to do more.

By connecting insights and perspectives we are able better understand the complex sustainability trends around us. As a large, global player with ESG integrated across all asset classes and locations we have unique access to a wide range of information about ESG risks and opportunities across the economy. 

Investment risk

The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Responsible investment

Responsible investment isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes sound financial sense.

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Our capabilities

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