Our climate ambition
The climate crisis represents the greatest long-term threat to life on our planet and societies. We must be active, ambitious and impactful in the face of climate change to shape a better future.
That’s why our ambition is to become a net zero emissions asset manager by 2040*. This won’t be easy, but we believe the impact and consequences of not acting are far more damaging that the transition to a more sustainable economy.
"The looming climate crisis needs action to reposition economies and societies on a more sustainable footing. We support the commitments set out in the Paris Agreement and believe mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change is essential to safeguard our clients’ investments." - Mark Versey, Chief Executive Officer
*This will cover all asset classes and investment funds that we manage on behalf of Aviva. Third-party clients are invited to express a preference as to whether they would like the Aviva climate commitment to apply to their portfolio. Customers in collective investment funds will be consulted in line with regulatory requirements.
We are proud to be members of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative (NZAM) and the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) as part of the Race to Zero.
Our climate goals
Climate change is the biggest global systemic risk of our time as well as the biggest market failure in history1. We must act because it is in the best interests of our clients as well as the integrity of the market. We must act because we have the power to do so and it is the right thing for the planet and all life in it.
Shaping the climate debate in a critical year for our planet
2021 presents opportunities for the big, bold change needed to address the climate crisis. With the postponed COP26 UN climate summit due to take place in November, in addition to major, international focal points including the G7, G20, and UN General Assembly, among others.
As the international community still lacks a comprehensive finance strategy for the Paris Agreement, Aviva has been convening a multi-stakeholder coalition of organisations to call for the creation of an International Platform for Climate Finance (IPCF). This new platform will aim to harness the financial system in support of global climate goals, so that the financial sector changes to support the wider economic transition needed for net zero.
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.
This is what climate action looks like
We're on a mission to rewrite the future of investing and create a climate of change. It takes Aviva Investors.
Our climate transition capabilities
Find out how we're seeking transition ready companies to diversify returns and tackle complex challenges like climate change.
Key milestones through a history of climate action
We have been at the forefront of climate action for decades. Our micro-stewardship centres on our investments. We use our shareholder voice to actively engage and support companies in changing corporate behaviours. At a macro level, we have a long history of involvement on climate change policy, engaging with policymakers, global governance bodies and regulators to correct market failures and bring about transformational change.
Harnessing the power of COP to bring about transformational change. Aviva Investors was present at the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Ahead of COP26, Aviva investors is calling for an International Platform for Climate Finance, a new mechanism to mobilise capital to tackle climate change.
Turning talk into action: ESG webcast series
Introducing 'Turning talk into action', a series of thought-provoking webcasts debating the biggest ESG issues with leading experts committed to change. Climate topics include TCFD and portfolio reporting requirements, the transition to net zero in real assets, investing to best support the transition to a low-carbon world, and others.
Real assets net zero pathway
In our commitment to achieving net zero in real assets, we outline the actions we will take to invest in low-carbon solutions and decarbonise existing assets across our portfolio.
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.
A tragedy of perception: Fixing the ESG blind spots in business, finance and economics
8 Sep 2022
A distorted sense of reality has caused us to disregard sustainability concerns when modelling economies, companies and finance. We can no longer ignore such material issues just because they are too hard to fathom. This is where systems thinking comes in, explains Steve Waygood.
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.
Play your part: Investing to support the climate transition
Today, the climate investment landscape is a veritable mixed bag of active and passive approaches covering a broad spectrum of investment universes and objectives. In this paper, we explore some of the pitfalls of first-generation climate strategies, the meaning of Paris or net zero aligned investments, and the benefits of adopting a holistic approach to climate change investing with a focus on science-based targets.
The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) brings together net zero alliances from across the finance sector as part of the Race to Zero. We are also proud to support Aviva’s leading role in GFANZ through our Group CEO Amanda Blanc, who is part of the GFANZ Principals Group.
1. The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review is a landmark study that was published on 30 October 2006.
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.