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.
Our climate transition strategies
As a committed, active asset manager with a proud heritage in stewardship on climate-related issues, we have developed a proprietary climate model to consistently integrate climate-related risks across asset classes. The Aviva Investors climate transition investment range targets opportunities that accelerate, and benefit from, the transition to a low-carbon economy while mitigating the systemic risks posed by climate change.
Our climate transition range aims to deliver sustainable outcomes in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to limit the increase in global temperatures this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius, provide universal access to modern energy and significantly reduce carbon-based energy.
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.
Crisis or opportunity of a lifetime? Rethinking the future of the planet
7 Sep 2021
Will a world beset with challenges spin into catastrophic breakdown or spur humanity to change and reach new heights? John Elkington, widely regarded as the ‘godfather of sustainability’, contemplates the future with AIQ.
What does the data say? Climate change, real yields and live TV
27 Aug 2021
In the latest instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at the latest IPCC report, the significant decline in US real yields and people’s live TV versus streaming habits.
Pricing carbon: Taxing polluters is the only way forward
26 Aug 2021
Nearly three decades after it first agreed to tackle climate change, the world has failed miserably to curb the growth in CO2 emissions. To succeed, it urgently needs to establish an effective price for carbon.
24 Aug 2021
Can investors rely on data from companies about their efforts to reduce carbon emissions?
Climate emergency: The state of the planet
24 Aug 2021
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report brings together conclusions from the latest scientific studies on the climate system. Aviva Investors’ climate specialist Rick Stathers assesses the evidence and the implications for investors.
The going gets tough: Can heavy industry decarbonise?
23 Aug 2021
Heavy industry and heavy transport are hard to decarbonise, but this must be done to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Can companies, policymakers and investors join forces to make it happen? The race is on…
Action now! Landmark legal ruling could have far-reaching implications for investors
23 Aug 2021
With climate action frustratingly slow, the legal profession is being called in to accelerate the pace of change.
Building brands that sell directly to consumers
20 Aug 2021
The trend towards selling goods and services directly to consumers is transforming consumer brands and the world of shopping. Companies are learning how to interact directly with consumers, using new marketing techniques and a vast amount of data to influence their behaviour. However, the relationship between brands and consumers is fragile, and allowing trust in a brand to erode can be fatal.
No more command and control: To deliver for clients, asset managers need to be agile
12 Aug 2021
Asset managers need to dismantle hierarchies and promote diversity of thought if they are to future-proof their businesses. They can learn valuable lessons from tech companies, military leaders and even ancient philosophers, writes Apiramy Jeyarajah.
Will accountants save the world? An interview with Richard Murphy
6 Aug 2021
A shake-up in company reports and accounts to consider companies’ environmental impact could radically alter the way they are assessed, argues the influential political economist and accountant.
What does the data say? Dogecoin, Nike D2C and the North American heatwave
30 Jul 2021
In this month’s instalment of ‘What does the data say?’, we look at the incredible rise of Dogecoin, Nike’s direct-to-consumer strategy and the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada.
COVID’s dirty plastic secret
29 Jul 2021
As the world continues to grapple with the health implications of COVID-19, unintended consequences were inevitable. In this data-led story, we look at the effect the pandemic has had on global plastic wastage and what policymakers can do to tackle the issue.
Supply-chain ripples: The positive spillovers of decarbonising upstream emissions
26 Jul 2021
Some of the world’s biggest companies are setting ambitious net-zero targets, with significant implications for their supply chains. How impactful could the ripple effect be in helping to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement?
Cummings, carbon and COP26: An interview with Claire O’Neill
23 Jul 2021
In a wide-ranging interview with AIQ, the former UK minister of Energy and Clean Growth explains why the private sector needs a seat at the negotiating table if the world is to solve the climate crisis. Words by Miles Costello.
Investors should confront the dark side of tech
9 Jul 2021
Technology firms are often favoured by ESG funds because of their ostensibly clean, asset-light business models. But investors need to look deeper and challenge unethical and unsustainable practices across the industry, argue Louise Piffaut and Charles Devereux.
8 Jul 2021
No single technology is enough to tackle the climate crisis, a global and systemic issue that requires joined-up thinking. We flag different pathways to address warming gases in the atmosphere – five nature-based and five technical – and ask what steps are needed next.
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.