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
We’ve been using our voice to drive positive change for five decades. 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 our investment decisions and being responsible stewards of clients’ assets is non-negotiable. Understanding these issues allows us to spot and manage investment risks, as well as capture exciting new opportunities. And, through our active ESG engagement programme, we can be a force for positive change in our economy and society.
It is only through commitment, passion and genuine collaboration that we can bring our sustainable aspirations to life. By acting collaboratively across asset classes, locations and our multiple stakeholders, we are able to instigate change through continual active engagement, voting and market reform initiatives.
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.
Responsible Investment Annual Review 2020
This year’s Responsible Investment Annual Review seeks to demonstrate how Aviva Investors has turned talk into action in 2020. We are proud advocates of the Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) UK Stewardship Code and this report details the impact that our responsible investment approach has had on our clients and on the society we serve.
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.
Find out how we integrate ESG into our investment processes as a firm and in every asset class.
The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may not get back the original amount invested.
Our latest views
Powering up: How the drive to meet net zero targets will scale up electricity demand
26 Jan 2022
Decarbonising energy is leading to a raft of infrastructure challenges for the electric grid. So, what will this mean for investors?
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.
Chief Responsible Investment Officer
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Global Head of ESG Investments
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Senior ESG Analyst & Earth Pillar Lead
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