Responsible investment isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes sound financial sense.
As a long‑term investor, we’re convinced our investments will be more successful if we understand how the companies and projects we invest in perform on issues like board diversity, governance, climate change and regulatory developments.
Our insight into environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and trends help us understand the risks that could hit our investments and spot investment opportunities.
Supported by the Global Responsible Investment team, our analysts and portfolio managers integrate these issues into the investment analysis and decision-making process across all our asset classes.
At its simplest, stewardship means taking responsibility for something entrusted into our care. To us, it means monitoring, engaging, and, where appropriate, intervening, on matters than can have a material impact on the long-term value of our investments - matters such as board diversity, human rights abuses and greenhouse gas emissions, for example.
We consider active stewardship to be a fundamental responsibility as investors. In 2017 we engaged with 1,381 companies, voted on 49,358 resolutions at 4,151 shareholder meetings and worked alongside other investors and civil society organisations through more than 30 collaborative initiatives.
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.