(London) – Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has received two industry awards at Insurance Asset Risk’s ‘EMEA Awards 2021’, being named ‘Stewardship Initiative of The Year’ and ‘Real Assets Manager of The Year’.
In being awarded ‘Stewardship Initiative of The Year’, Aviva Investors was recognised for its shareholder voting and engagement activities, including its transparency of position on key issues, having also recently announced a commitment to divest from 30 ‘Systemically Important Carbon Emitters’ should they fail to deliver net zero scope 3 emissions by 2050 and establish credible transition action plans. The judges also highlighted the company’s role in developing the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB).
In the ‘Real Asset Manager of The Year’ category, Aviva Investors was highlighted for offering clients investment strategies with a high degree of resilience, despite the challenging investment environment, as well as the consideration of ESG factors as part of the wider investment process and alignment with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The company recently published an ambitious net zero pathway for its £47.3bn Real Assets business aims to reach net zero emissions across the whole platform by 2040, alongside
The awards follow Aviva Investors being recognised with the title of ‘Alternatives Manager of the Year’ at the Insurance Asset Management Awards, having received the same award in 2018.
Alex Wharton, Head of Insurance Relationships at Aviva Investors, said:
“We are pleased to receive these awards and particularly for our stewardship and ESG activities to have been recognised in the industry at a time when both the importance of ESG, and the scrutiny of asset managers’ engagement on these issues, has never been higher. 2020 was a challenging year for investors and we are happy that we’ve been able to provide our insurer clients not only with real assets strategies that offer cashflow-matching qualities, but which have also added resilience to their portfolios.”