Responsible investment

Investing responsibly is not a fad. For us, it is an investment belief. By building responsibility into all our investment processes, we aim to improve our risk management and investment performance while at the same time help to create more sustainable investment solutions fit for the future. As an active owner of capital, our scale and influence help us drive the change required to build a future our clients are able to retire into. 

 

Our contribution to a changing world

Responsible investment is about creating long-term value for our clients and our ESG credentials can be traced back over 40 years. The business and investment cases for acting responsibly are hard to dispute these days. Companies that conduct their business in a respectful and sustainable way are more likely to succeed over time, benefiting both you and society. Bad practices don’t just hit the headlines, they hit the bottom line as well. 

Whether investing in equities, bonds, real estate or infrastructure, integrating ESG into investment decisions and being responsible stewards of clients’ assets is non-negotiable for us. ESG factors can have a material risk on an investment and understanding these issues, and how they shape our economy and society, allows us to spot investment risks as well as opportunities.

It is only through commitment, passion and genuine collaboration that we can bring our sustainable aspirations to life. By thinking connectedly across asset classes, locations and our multiple stakeholders, we are able to instigate change through continual active engagement, voting and market reform initiatives.

Our highlights

Delivering a sustainable future will only happen if we all take action to create positive change. We have delivered for our clients by making active sustainable choices in how we invest and drive change in the world. 

Tackling climate change

In 2019 we voted in favour of 86.9% of shareholder resolutions on climate change and launched a new strategy to help clients allocate capital towards a low carbon future. 

Commitment to voting

In 2019 we voted on 61,876 resolutions at 5382 shareholder meetings, representing 24% of votes against management resolutions including 46% of pay proposal.

Engaging at scale

In 2019 we undertook 3,122 company engagements with 2,149 individual companies to identify and reduce ESG risks in our portfolios.

Proprietary ESG research

We have a dedicated team of 22 ESG analysts that act as a centre of excellence, as well as delivery of proprietary quantitative ESG scoring tools which are predictive of performance.

Investing in green infrastructure

In 2019, we invested £717m into low-carbon and renewable infrastructure, exceeding our annual target of £500m and creating over 150,000 tons of carbon emissions avoidance.

New sustainable solutions

We can help you understand and manage your ESG and climate risk. In 2019 we launched a number of new sustainability focused funds.

Shaping a sustainable world

Founding signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and catalysed the development of  the SSE and World Benchmarking Alliance that aims to publicly rank 2000 companies on ESG credentials.

ESG and alternative asset classes

In real assets all proposed transactions are assessed against an ESG risk and sustainability impact framework.

Global recognition

Aviva received the United Nations Foundation Leadership Award in recognition of our work to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our unique approach to responsible investing

We are united by a firm-wide ambition to work with and for our clients to do what is right for them, society and the world around us.

Powering change

As an active owner with scale and global reach we use engagement, voting and market reform to drive a transition to a sustainable future.

Responsibility built-in

Responsible investing is a driving force across our £346bn of assets under management (31 Dec 2019). It is deeply embedded into our culture, investment decision making, products and solutions.

Connected thinking

Creating a sustainable future and delivering long-term investment returns can only be accomplished by working together with clients, competitors, policy-makers and regulators to connect different perspectives, share knowledge and experience.

Responsibility in action

Explore the initiatives and accomplishments underpinning our commitment to delivering positive impact to our clients and the world around us. 

Responsibility built-in

Find out how we integrate ESG into our investment processes as a firm and in every asset class.

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Investment risk

The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may not get back the orginal amount invested.

Responsible investing highlights