Navigating Regulations & Data

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David Russell, Head of Responsible Investment, USS Investment Management discusses the pivotal role the Regulator will have on responsible and sustainable investing, whether there is enough data to feed into TCFD and avoiding greenwashing.
Channel: Sustainable Investing Hub
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We invest to help our clients create more

More opportunity. More potential. More impact. We offer investment expertise across all key asset classes, regions and markets so that our clients can capture investment potential wherever it arises.

By combining market and economic insight with technology and diverse perspectives, we look for optimal ways to help investors navigate the future and reach their financial goals.

And by putting environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations at the heart of our process, we seek to find the most sustainable investment opportunities globally. By ensuring the assets we invest in are ready for and resilient to a world in transition, we act as guardians of our clients’ assets.

  • Operating in over 30 locations worldwide*

Keeping us close to our clients and ensuring first-hand insight into companies, industries and markets.

  • Managing £465.3bn in assets for our clients*

On behalf of individuals, governments, pension funds, insurers, companies, charities and foundations across 80 countries.*

  • Focus on fundamental research

The combination of our research, thematic thinking, ESG best practice and extensive on-the-ground analysis helps us find the most sustainable future-fit investment opportunities globally

(*as at June 2021)

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Allianz Global Investors

Allianz Global Investors is a leading active asset manager with over 700 investment professionals in 23 offices worldwide and managing GBP 565 billion in assets. We invest for the long term and seek to generate value for clients every step of the way. We do this by being active – in how we partner with clients and anticipate their changing needs, and build solutions based on capabilities across public and private markets. Our focus on protecting and enhancing our clients’ assets leads naturally to a commitment to sustainability to drive positive change. Our goal is to elevate the investment experience for clients, whatever their location or objectives.

We started our sustainable investing journey 20 years ago and were early to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) in 2007. We believe that sustainable investing can generate positive performance not just for our clients, but for the community at large.

We aim to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors throughout our entire investment value chain to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. Given the diversity of investors’ objectives and requirements we provide sustainable investing processes with a broad range of approaches, adaptable to different levels of ESG incorporation and client preferences. These enhance our clients’ investment decisions while helping create benefits for society as a whole.

Active is: Allianz Global Investors
Data as at 31 December 2021

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Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta

Amundi has embedded ESG at its core, adopting a focus on responsible investing as a foundational pillar. Today, Amundi is leading the ESG transformation and the ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta platform is known for its wide range of high-quality, cost-effective ESG solutions. Moreover, with a longstanding commitment to proactive and consistent engagement and voting to drive positive change, Amundi walks the talk on sustainability.

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AXA Investment Managers

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is a responsible asset manager, actively investing for the long-term to help its clients, its people and the world to prosper. Our high conviction approach enables us to uncover what we believe to be the best global investment opportunities across alternative and traditional asset classes, managing approximately €866 billion in assets as at the end of June 2021.

AXA IM is a leading investor in green, social and sustainable markets, managing €574 billion of ESG-integrated, sustainable or impact assets as at the end of March 2021. We are committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across all our assets, and integrating ESG principles into our business, from stock selection to our corporate actions and culture. Our goal is to provide clients with a true value responsible investment solution, while driving meaningful change for society and the environment.

At end of December 2020, AXA IM employs over 2,440 employees around the world, operates out of 27 offices across 20 countries and is part of the AXA Group, a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management.

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Fidelity International

Fidelity - A sustainable future demands real engagement

At Fidelity International, our purpose is to work together to build better financial futures for our clients and we believe that investing, over the long-term, is critical to achieving that. As a family and management-owned company, we think generationally in terms of the services we build and provide, as well as the way in which we invest on our clients’ behalf.

Our focus is on delivering sustainable investment returns for our clients, while managing our impact on society and the environment. To do this, we incorporate sustainability into our business operations and our investment process, actively engaging with our investee companies to help them operate more sustainably, improving client outcomes and securing a better future for all.

Fidelity at-a-glance:
50+ year heritage
Over 25 locations
£579.6 billion in AuM*
16,000+ company meetings**
716 companies actively engaged with**
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*As at 30 September 2021 **Source: Fidelity Sustainable Investing Report, July 2021. Figures from 2020.

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iShares by BlackRock

Why we do what we do

Championing investor progress has been at the heart of the iShares mission from the beginning. Everything we do is about empowering investors so they can take control of their financial futures.

You would never settle for the status quo — that’s why iShares relentlessly pursues better ways to invest.

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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Janus Henderson Investors

How we think about ESG

Being a global asset management organisation comes with important responsibilities. As an active manager, this means that integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into our investment decision-making and ownership practices is fundamental to delivering the results clients seek. An issue as pressing as ESG investing demands active and ongoing engagement and we are committed to maintaining a focus on long-term sustainability and returns. We also recognise that the ESG investment world is evolving and we seek to partner with clients and act as a guide on that journey.

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M&G Investments

Who we are

M&G Investments is a global asset manager, serving customers and clients for nearly 90 years since launching Europe’s first ever mutual fund back in 1931. We’re part of M&G plc, a family of brands, all aligned behind the same ambition: to manage our customers’ investments so that they can live the life they want, while aiming to make the world a little better along the way.
What we do

We believe it’s our financial decisions that have the greatest potential to effect the change in the world we all want to see. The future is ours to create, for our families, our communities and our planet. Now is the time to look forward, to take control and to act.
Through long-term active investment management, we build solutions around what matters most to our customers and clients. We look for the best opportunities to invest in, across a wide range of asset classes, on behalf of people who care how their money is invested.
We manage assets of over £284 billion (at December 2020) in equities, multi-asset, fixed income, real estate and cash for our customers and clients in the UK, Europe and Asia.
How we invest

Creating a sustainable future
We recognise that, increasingly, customers and clients are looking to align their investments with their environmental and social values and we have a range of Planet+ funds that have the potential to help meet this need.
This is why our investment decisions are underpinned by our commitment to investing responsibly. We support our customers’ and clients’ financial goals by aiming to generate competitive, long-term returns, all while working towards our mission to help fix the planet one investment at a time.
Targeting positive outcomes

We aim to improve the world by investing with care. Our active approach to managing money considers a broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors that can have an impact on our investments. This is why we engage directly with the businesses we invest in. Supporting them in their mission to improve people’s lives, make society stronger and protect our planet. Helping others to become greener, more responsible and sustainable.

We’re dedicated to offering quality investment solutions and investing in the right way, supporting our ambitions for a more positive future. Not just for our customers and clients but for our planet too. We all want to create a brighter future for the next generation.

The value and income of a fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested.

We are unable to give financial advice. If you are unsure about the suitability of your investment, speak to your financial adviser.

Responsible Investing

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Neuberger Berman

As an active manager, Neuberger Berman has a long-standing belief that material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are an important driver of long-term investment returns from both an opportunity and a risk-mitigation perspective. We also understand that for many clients the impact of their portfolios is an important consideration in conjunction with investment performance. We consider ESG factors across our investment platform and offer a range of solutions to meet client objectives. We firmly believe that attention to material ESG factors helps make us smarter investors, and that engagement with companies on ESG topics helps them perform better for their investors and for society.

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Royal London Asset Management

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), is a unique asset manager: with a mutual ownership structure and managing more than £160 billion of assets, RLAM has a long history of success, delivering key investment strategies in for its clients.

We offer a broad range of investment strategies across a range of strategies in core asset classes including, but not limited to; cash, equities, fixed income, sustainable investments, multi asset, property and absolute return. We are also a market-leader in responsible investment, with a philosophy that flows through everything we do. It involves being a responsible steward of assets, promoting responsible investment and offering a range of sustainable and responsible investment options.

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Stewart Investors

Founded in 1988, Stewart Investors run Worldwide, Emerging Markets, Asia-Pacific, European and Indian Subcontinent equity investment strategies. Pioneers of sustainable investing, the Group launched its first sustainability fund in 2005, and to this day sustainability remains integral to their investment process. They believe companies that deliver benefits to society and the environment face fewer risks over the long term and are therefore better placed to deliver positive returns to shareholders. Their investment philosophy centres around the principle of good stewardship - careful, considered and responsible management of client’s funds - with sustainability at the heart of this process. Every member of the investment team is a sustainability analyst in their own right, and are sworn to a strict code of conduct known as the Hippocratic Oath. By signing, they pledge to uphold the principle of stewardship through their conduct, and commit to always act in the interests of clients and society.
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