Responsible investment isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes sound financial sense.
As a long‑term investor, we’re convinced our investments will be more successful if we understand how the companies and projects we invest in perform on issues like board diversity, governance, climate change and regulatory developments.
Our insight into environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and trends help us understand the risks that could hit our investments and spot investment opportunities.
Supported by the Global Responsible Investment team, our analysts and portfolio managers integrate these issues into the investment analysis and decision-making process across all our asset classes.
A company-wide commitment
A big part of integrating ESG into our investment decisions is making sure that it is embedded across the investment process. Two ways of doing this is our Responsible Investment Officer Network and the integration of ESG into the way investment team members are remunerated.
ESG and alternative assets
Responsible Investment and ESG have traditionally been biased towards liquid assets such as equities and bonds. There are several reasons for this, including the weight of assets under management, availability of information, and the rights and access provided to shareholders.
The ESG layers – from the macro view to a company profile
At Aviva Investors, we integrate ESG issues across the investment proces: from the macro view to a company profile, and from how we see the world to how we view a sovereign, a sector or a company.
At its simplest, stewardship means taking responsibility for something entrusted into our care. To us, it means monitoring, engaging, and, where appropriate, intervening, on matters than can have a material impact on the long-term value of our investments - matters such as board diversity, human rights abuses and greenhouse gas emissions, for example.
We consider active stewardship to be a fundamental responsibility as investors. In 2017 we engaged with 1,381 companies, voted on 49,358 resolutions at 4,151 shareholder meetings and worked alongside other investors and civil society organisations through more than 30 collaborative initiatives.
Voting with conviction
We consider voting to be an important part of the investment process and have had a formal and considered voting policy since 1994. We have explicitly incorporated corporate responsibility disclosure and performance into our voting since 2001 – being one of the first asset managers to do so globally.
Power in numbers
Nearly a third of all natural World Heritage sites are subject to extractive activity, despite protection from the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Following a number of successful engagements on this topic, including SOCO International and BP, we helped to launch a collaborative project to call on extractive companies to make ‘no go’ commitments in World Heritage sites.
Superbugs – on the frontiers of sustainability
The issues related to antimicrobial resistance and spread of drug-resistant 'superbugs' pose serious risks to public health and business landscape. We have engaged with our investees to discuss their strategy on antibiotic resistance.
Our reports and publications
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2018 Frontiers in sustainable agriculture: putting your money where your mouth is
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2016 Seeing beyond the tragedy of horizons: an investor perspective
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2016 Money talks: how finance can further the sustainable development goals
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2016 Superbugs and super risks: the investment case for action
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2016 Sustainable seafood and responsible investment
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2016 Strategic response to climate change - 2016 update
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2016 UK corporate governance voting policy
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2015 Gender pay gap consultation – our response
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2015 Non-financial reporting directive: UK implementation consultation – our response
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2014 PRA FCA – new remuneration rules
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Microsoft Word - 2014 Aviva Investors response to the FRC Corp Gov Code June 2014
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2014 Law Commission: Fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries
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2013 Select Committee submission - Kay review
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2013 House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee
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2012 Kay review: Interim
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2012 FRC: consultation on revisions to stewardship code
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2011 Kay review: Equity review and long term decision making
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2011 FRC: Gender diversity on boards
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2011 BIS : Executive remuneration discussion
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2011 House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee – audit
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2011 House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee audit – supplementary info
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2011 BIS Long term focus for corporate Britain
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2011 BIS: The future of narrative reporting: consulting on a new reporting framework
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2010 UK Corporate governance code
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2010 EC green paper on corporate governance
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2010 FRC: Consultation on stewardship code
Our voting history
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