Accelerating change for a better tomorrow
Real change requires a radical overhaul of the world economy. As a firm committed to building a sustainable world, we structure our investment research, company engagement, and macro stewardship activities around three key pillars: People, Earth and Climate. These represent what we believe to be the biggest sustainability challenges in the world today, namely social inequality, biodiversity loss and climate change.
Our Sustainable Transition range targets opportunities linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that support and accelerate the transition to a sustainable future towards a socially just, nature positive and net zero economy. We offer solutions across asset classes designed to deliver financial returns and a positive impact.
Investing in Natural Capital Transition to accelerate towards a nature positive economy
The risks associated with biodiversity loss and the erosion of nature are frequently overlooked by the market. This often results in the mispricing of companies with significant impacts or dependences on nature.
Transition strategies in focus
Social Transition Global Equity
An equity strategy seeking positive social outcomes while delivering long-term capital growth.
Natural Capital Transition Global Equity
An equity strategy seeking positive environmental outcomes while delivering long-term capital growth.
Climate Transition Equities
A range of strategies investing in companies that can play a major role in the transition to a low-carbon world.
Climate Transition Credit
A strategy seeking long-term, consistent excess returns and positive climate outcomes.
Transitioning to a more sustainable future: How investors can help drive change
How the world is financed and powered; how complex ecosystems are maintained and resources shared all need to be radically transformed. Here, we set out our approach to supporting a sustainable transition across people, climate and Earth.
Mind the gap: An estimate of climate finance needs by developing countries to fund their NDC commitments
It is helpful to know how far we need to jump in order to land safely. Mind the gap provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the costs of climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments under the Paris Agreement for developing countries. It looks at the gaps and challenges, offering policy and institutional recommendations.
Complex sustainability challenges cannot be addressed by investing in solutions opportunities alone. A broader transition approach is required to maximise long-term return and impact potential. Our leading approach to sustainable transition is applied consistently across asset classes and leverages the following key strengths:
For further information on the risks and risk profiles of our strategies, please refer to the relevant KIID and Prospectus.
A globally integrated team with extensive experience
Senior GRI Analyst, Climate Specialist
Senior ESG Analyst & Earth Pillar Lead
Impact Analyst - Social Pillar Lead
Chief Investment Officer, Liquid Markets
Chief Investment Officer, Real Assets
Head of Equities
Head of Credit
Managing Director, Infrastructure
The world is too interconnected to think small
Building a more sustainable future takes a wider, more meaningful, and joined-up approach.
It takes commitment and partnership across the interconnected challenges facing People, Climate, and Earth.
Making a difference through director accountability
23 Sep 2022
Tackling sustainable issues takes holding directors personally responsible for their company's sustainability failures.
Making a difference on antimicrobial resistance
23 Sep 2022
Supporting antibiotic development takes a powerful financial coalition lobbying for reform at the G7.
CEO Mark Versey on sustainability – Aviva Investors
23 Sep 2022
It's one thing to make a change; it's another to make a difference.
Making a difference in the use of hazardous chemicals
23 Sep 2022
Reducing the damage caused by hazardous chemicals takes holding chemical companies to account through public rankings.
Making a difference in corporate sustainable transition
23 Sep 2022
Moving towards a more sustainable world takes investing in companies transitioning towards more sustainable practices.
Making a difference with natural carbon removal
8 Sep 2022
Going down a more direct path to net zero takes investing in the power of natural solutions.
Our responsible investment views
So, you’ve set your net-zero target: What next? Practical considerations for asset owners on achieving net zero
27 Sep 2022
Asset owners are increasingly committing to net-zero emissions in their portfolios by or before 2050, but it is a huge and complex undertaking. What do asset owners need to consider as they start on their decarbonisation journey?
Patterns, partnerships and a Marshall Plan for the planet: An interview with Nigel Topping
21 Sep 2022
The UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the COP26 summit in the UK sets out how the private and public sectors can work together to tackle the climate crisis and other systemic threats. Words by Miles Costello.
Ring the changes: An interview with Kate Raworth
16 Sep 2022
The influential academic speaks to AIQ about the flaws in traditional economic thinking and how her revolutionary “Doughnut” offers a fresh approach to solving the world’s greatest problems.
Moving mountains and markets: A new way to approach systematic risk
14 Sep 2022
A series of market failures have brutally exposed the shortcomings of Modern Portfolio Theory. However, market participants play an active role in markets; they are not mere bystanders. Understanding this could provide a better way to think about and deal with systematic risk.
The levers of change: A systems approach to reconcile finance with planetary boundaries
13 Sep 2022
Financial services underpin all economic activity, which itself depends on Earth’s natural capital. Resolving their interconnected issues to bring about a just transition will require a holistic, systems-thinking approach.
Inflation, volatility and net zero: The outlook for real estate equity
12 Sep 2022
Ben Sanderson and James Stevens from our real estate team discuss risks and opportunities for property investors amid changing work patterns, rising inflation and the race to net zero.
Conflict, inflation and energy security: An updated outlook for infrastructure investors
6 Sep 2022
Darryl Murphy and Sean McLachlan from our infrastructure team assess how Russia’s war on Ukraine, fears over energy security and surging inflation have changed the prospects for infrastructure investors.
Redefining stewardship: Why stakeholder capitalism needs to wake up
31 Aug 2022
Asset managers and other financial institutions have a duty to act in the best interests of their customers and society. Macro stewardship will be crucial to meeting these responsibilities, argues Mark Versey.
Know your limits: An interview with Nafeez Ahmed
29 Aug 2022
Warnings that natural systems are close to breaking point are not new – but how will we respond? Combining what we know with existing technologies could offer a remarkable opportunity to rethink our world, as Nafeez Ahmed explains.
What does the data say? Real Assets in focus
26 Aug 2022
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical themes, we look at some of the key recent trends in the real asset universe.
The burning issue: Avoiding ESG fatigue
25 Aug 2022
How can we face existential problems and stay positive? Abigail Herron contemplates simple steps to protect momentum and avoid burnout.
Strategies to change the financial system: An interview with Natalie Mangondo
16 Aug 2022
Can society reform the system that has enabled growth but simultaneously brought the long-term health of the planet into question? UN Climate Change High Level Champions Finance Youth Fellow Natalie Mangondo contemplates choices and change with AIQ.
Global equity income Q&A: Richard Saldanha on the outlook for dividends and growth
3 Aug 2022
The lead manager of our Global Equity Income strategy discusses risks and opportunities for income-seeking investors in a turbulent time for markets.
Long income, short ESG windows: Matching real estate long income and responsible investing timelines
2 Aug 2022
Luke Layfield looks at how real estate long income can help address clients’ ESG responsible investing objectives and how respective timelines for implementing change can be best aligned.
The AIQ Podcast: Taking stock of nature risk
15 Jul 2022
The idea that human actions are bringing natural systems close to breakdown, threatening livelihoods and financial stability, is making asset managers think harder about nature risk and the environmental dependencies in investee companies.
Investing in a just transition to net zero: A Q&A with Nick Robins
30 Jun 2022
Reaching net zero by 2050 will require significant injections of capital. But it is also an opportunity to rethink social relationships, as Professor Nick Robins explains.