Our goal is to integrate sustainability across our investment strategies. We define our sustainability approach as follows: a forward-looking perspective (the “3Es”: Energy transition, healthy Ecosystems, and Equality), a responsible business conduct policy and the implementation of sector-based exclusions, ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) integration, stewardship (voting and engagement), sustainability in our product range, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy.
The six pillars of our sustainable investor approach
A forward-looking perspective, the ”3Es”
We believe the optimal economic model can be built on a successful Energy transition, healthy Ecosystems, and greater Equality in our societies – our 3Es. Taken together, these form a pathway to economic sustainability that will enable us, as investors, to safeguard long-term returns. These themes guide our strategic research, stewardship, responsible business conduct, sustainability themed investing and CSR approach. They are also reflected in the other pillars of our approach to sustainability, and our roadmaps describe our strategy and targets in more detail.
Responsible business conduct
We expect companies to meet their fundamental obligations in the areas of human and labour rights, protecting the environment and ensuring anti-corruption safeguards wherever they operate, in line with the UN Global Compact Principles and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD MNE Guidelines). We aim to engage with companies where they fall short and exclude the worst offenders. We also have a series of sector policies that govern the conditions for investing in sensitive sectors and guide our screening requirements and stewardship activities.
We believe that analysing investments using ESG criteria helps us account for a wider set of risks and opportunities and better understand the role of companies in driving systemic risks and addressing the challenges of the transition towards a more sustainable and inclusive economy. This helps us make better-informed investment decisions in line with our fiduciary duty. We accomplish this through the application of our ESG Integration Principles & Guidelines, and the development of proprietary sustainability research.
We use stewardship – proxy voting, company engagement and public policy advocacy – to encourage companies, policy makers and standard setters to improve their performance on sustainability topics. Promoting good ESG standards is an essential element of delivering on our fiduciary duty.
Sustainability in our product range
To integrate sustainability across our products range, we apply several frameworks and methodologies to ensure the sustainability claims we make can be substantiated. Accordingly, we aim to:
- articulate various sustainability frameworks within our product range
- provide distributors with solutions to meet end clients’ ESG preferences
- provide our clients with solutions to invest in sustainability
- build sustainable solutions for our clients
“Walking the talk”: our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approach
Achieving our objectives requires us to build a culture of sustainability from the inside out. Our CSR strategy has four main strands: decreasing our operational CO2 emissions, reducing our waste to landfill, creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, and belonging, and focusing our community initiatives on youth inclusion. We also believe education is a key lever to building a strong sustainability culture, to attract and retain employees and to ensure we can deliver on our business strategy.
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