Rewriting the future of investing
We're on a mission to create a climate of change. Because the time for action is now. Today. And because being passive is no longer an option.
From carbon emitters to carbon cutters, meat-based to plant-based. And from corporate reform right through to system reform. We're finding new ways to turn talk into action every day.
Plus, through active collaboration, we're setting out a pathway to become net zero by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement target. Learn more about our net zero commitments.
Creating a climate of change
As investors, we hold responsibility for powering positive climate change. See how we're driving climate action forward for our clients and the world around us.
The heat is on: Our four asks of policymakers at COP26
6 Dec 2021
Finance is finally waking up to the market failures that contribute to climate change. Now governments need to step forward with policies to incentivise action across the industry and drive the climate transition, writes Steve Waygood.
From carbon emitters to carbon cutters
2 Dec 2021
How an engagement programme with teeth can drive change where it matters most.
From corporate reform to system reform
2 Dec 2021
How investors can reform markets and help combat climate change.
From real-world problems to real-asset solutions
2 Dec 2021
How real-asset investors must decarbonise to future-proof portfolios.
From meat-based to plant-based
2 Dec 2021
How shared goals and investor collaboration can support the transition to more sustainable choices.
From climate change to climate transition
2 Dec 2021
How looking beyond green credentials could accelerate a lower-carbon world.
Climate action from an unexpected place
Discover some of the more unusual ways we're inspiring climate action.
AIQ: Cleaning Up Capitalism
To tackle the climate crisis, economies and markets need a systems reboot. In AIQ: Cleaning Up Capitalism, we examine what it will take to get us back on track to achieve net zero; from transforming the financial system and accounting, to decarbonising heavy industries and ensuring polluters pay.
Inspiring action through music
Created in collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, this piece captures the complexities of climate action, bringing the benefits of transitioning to a greener world to life through music.
Against our nature
Through visual design and simple but provocative messaging, Against our nature aims to playfully remind people of their part in the climate crisis and help them navigate the myriad of psychological and behavioural traps that lie in wait for them.
See change in action
Climate change is the biggest systemic challenge of our time. Discover how we're approaching climate action and supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient world.
Turning talk into action
This webcast series aims to understand the change needed, inspire climate action and provide insight into creating investment solutions fit for the future.
From Net-Zero Ambition to Execution
Our experts examine the practical steps required to meet a climate ambition, drawing on Aviva Investors’ own experience in trying to deliver the most demanding net-zero target of any major insurance company in the world today.
Geopolitics and Climate Finance: Can capitalists save the world?
Join our panel of industry experts to discuss how institutional investors are taking action to drive change, and what we need from policymakers and political structures to facilitate the shift.
Paris, portfolios and preparedness
Investors are under increasing pressure to assess and report their exposure to climate change. Join our panel of industry experts for the latest TCFD recommendations, as well as the technical challenges of managing and communicating climate risk.
Our climate views
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.
Where the wild things are: Why investors should care about natural capital
14 Dec 2021
Finance must wake up to the risks associated with biodiversity loss and the opportunities that arise from nature-friendly solutions, argue Eugenie Mathieu, Julie Zhuang and Jonathan Toub.
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.
The future of pharma: Increased returns or the age of biotech?
8 Dec 2021
After decades of low returns on research and development (R&D), the healthcare sector is producing a slew of innovations, from drugs to diagnostics. But with many coming from new entrants, will big pharmaceutical companies manage to keep up with the times?
The cost of climate change: A big threat to sovereign debt?
3 Dec 2021
Governments around the world are struggling to avert a climate catastrophe. Regardless of whether they succeed, climate change threatens adverse consequences for government bonds, although market impacts are likely to vary.
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.
What does the data say? Parcels, the (other) Amazon and COVID-19
26 Nov 2021
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at the steep increase in deliveries, the continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the rise of COVID-19 in Europe.
Note: ESG and Climate related engagement, goals and exclusions can vary at the investment strategy and portfolio level depending upon country, jurisdiction and individual client needs.