At Aviva Investors, we've always believed that companies conducting their business in responsible and sustainable manner are more likely to succeed over time, benefiting our customers and society as a whole.

That’s why Aviva Investors is one of the first global portfolio managers to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into our investment decision-making and one of the first to express our views through the power of shareholder voting. We are a founding signatory to the UN-backed Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) and one of the signatories to the UK Stewardship Code.

Today, we believe we’re among the leaders in our industry. We are responsible owners who encourage greater transparency and sustainability and better corporate behaviors that help to reduce the risk for our clients. We challenge accepted practices and promote fresh debate in every industry in which we invest. In doing so, we create greater shareholder value while building a genuine legacy for our customers, our communities and the planet that we all share.

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Our approach to stewardship is set out in our Stewardship Statement. This is supported by our Corporate Governance and Corporate Responsibility Voting Policy, which sets out our voting position on a range of issues associated with board accountability, effectiveness and company value.

The Montreal Pledge

Aviva Investors signed up to the Montreal Carbon Pledge1 in September 2015.

At the time, we were one of the largest asset managers to support this initiative to measure and publically disclose the carbon footprint of our investment portfolios.

We support the need for greater transparency on carbon risk and the development of tools, such as carbon foot-printing, which can support this. We are therefore pleased to share the results here of our pilot carbon foot-printing on a sample of our equity portfolios.