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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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