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Our annual letter to company chairpersons
24 Jan 2022
As a key part of our engagement efforts, every January we send a letter to the chairs of companies we invest in (and some we don’t, but still want to use our influence with) to set out our stewardship priorities for the year. Here, in full, is our 2022 letter.
Race, ethnicity and investing: Where are we now?
20 Jan 2022
In late 2020, AIQ spoke to Aviva Investors’ senior management about institutional racism and the continued under-representation of black people in finance. They outlined a series of key actions, to improve in-house diversity and inclusion and our engagement with investee companies. A little more than a year on, we explore areas of progress, where more needs to be done, and plans for 2022 and beyond.
Nature shock: Grappling with nature-based risk
19 Jan 2022
Could nature degradation prove a significant threat to corporate and financial stability? As climate change accelerates, oceans acidify, deforestation and soil erosion continue and species are lost, this important question is weighing on investors and financial regulators around the world.
The AIQ Podcast: Embracing neurodiversity at work
12 Jan 2022
Employers have considerable room for improvement when it comes to the working experience for neurodivergent individuals. But a little more understanding and some fairly simple adjustments could make a world of difference.
Investing for climate action: Easy as SBTs?
11 Jan 2022
With governments struggling to turn words into action on climate change, investors can ensure the private sector plays its part by pushing firms to adopt science-based targets, argues Rick Stathers.
Lessons from tech and military: Why asset managers need to be agile to stay effective and relevant
22 Dec 2021
Asset managers must promote diversity of thought if they are to future-proof their businesses and provide clients with great service. They can learn valuable lessons on how to do this from tech companies, military leaders and ancient philosophers, writes Apiramy Jeyarajah, head of UK wholesale at Aviva Investors.
A tough job: Decarbonising heavy industry
20 Dec 2021
Heavy industry and heavy-duty transport are responsible for nearly a third of global carbon dioxide emissions. While reducing emissions from these sectors will be difficult, the transformation will create opportunities for investors.
The social transition: Investing for a more equitable world
14 Dec 2021
Recognising that being a good corporate citizen is the right thing to do and pays off is something investors and the financial community need to think harder about, argue Vaidehee Sachdev and Matt Kirby.
No more lip-service on diversity and inclusion – three principles for financial institutions to follow
13 Dec 2021
In part two of our series on intersectionality, Apiramy Jeyarajah, head of UK wholesale at Aviva Investors, and Mitesh Sheth, outgoing CEO of Redington, explain what investment organisations can do to maximise the return on their most important assets – their people.
Waste not, want not: An investor’s guide to the circular economy
10 Dec 2021
Using the examples of electronics, food, autos and fashion, we explore the benefits of, and challenges to achieving, a more circular economy.
Restoring and caring for the natural world: An interview with John Willis
9 Dec 2021
Scientists around the world have highlighted the need to tread more lightly on the planet, halting then reversing the decline of the natural world. But the financial community, including investors, has been slow to respond.
Thinking outside the box: Embracing neurodiversity at work
30 Nov 2021
Enabling neuroinclusion in the workplace still has a long way to go, although better understanding and simple adjustments could make a world of difference.