Enshrining climate change into international law through the Paris Agreement was a triumph of collective will. However, as practical and political hurdles come into play, what are the next steps to make this ambition a reality? The introduction of Article 173 in France and the European Union’s High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance are leading the way in terms of setting out the path for financial firms to follow. We look at what we can expect from governments and regulators over the next year. And the practical solutions available to help address climate change.
AXA IM – active and responsible
Andrea Rossi, CEO, explains how being an active, responsible asset manager can help build better solutions for clients and create a richer, more inclusive culture for staff.
The ‘Big Bang’ has not lost its spark
Matt Christensen, Global Head of RI tackles the issues influencing the future of the industry, including the role of the UN’s SDGs and impact investing.
The financial system needs to change - Q&A with Christian Thimann
Christian Thimann, chair of the European Union’s High-Level Expert Group on sustainable finance, looks at the implications of climate change on the finance industry.
Spotlight on climate change
What practical steps can be taken to ensure the impact of climate change is addressed by asset managers and owners? We highlight some key examples.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have catapulted impact investing into the spotlight. Once considered the cutting edge of responsible investing approaches, impact investing is now held up as the poster child solution to the UN’s call-to-action. But in the rush to provide solutions, what issues are at risk of being overlooked? Here we take a detailed look at what the UN’s SDGs are, how they can be implemented and the underlying projects that are delivering on both financial and social impact criteria.
How do the UN SDGs fit into the investment landscape?
What are the UN’s SDGs? Who is using them? How can they be implemented into an investment strategy?
Impact investing: Case study - vaccines
We deep dive into the commercial and social success of a cholera vaccine and highlight that financial returns and positive impacts are not mutually exclusive.
Green Bonds: The evolution moves east
Green bonds are gaining ever greater awareness and China is emerging as one of the largest issuers. What’s next for the asset class?
Can impact investing work in listed equities?
We look at the additional considerations required when applying impact investing into an emerging market equity strategy.
Client case study: Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation
The Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation outlines the investment thinking behind its decision to take on its first impact investing mandate.
Advances in analytical tools and techniques are the drivers of financial innovation. As responsible investing moves into the mainstream, how can these techniques be applied to a broader criteria to help analyse the effectiveness of ESG solutions? Greater disclosure requirements and the demand for better transparency mean that investors not only want to see more diverse data sets but they also want to be able to make comparisons in a systematic and consistent way. Here we look how research and analysis can help focus investment exposure towards more responsible long-terms assets.
ESG and income: No need to compromise
Incorporating ESG criteria into the hunt for income is not necessarily a hindrance, and can actually be helpful.
Blazing a trail: ESG integration and big data
Incorporating ESG criteria across AXA IM Rosenberg’s strategies and how innovative use of data can help improve investment outcomes.
AXA IM Real Assets - Vision 2030
We have set out a clear roadmap to have 75% of property assets recognised with international sustainability certifications. Find out how we are tracking our progress?
AXA IM Real Asset – Industry participation
AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets participates in several industry working groups.
In every sector across the world, companies are starting to see the reputational consequences of not living up to their claims of corporate responsibility. To retain any credibility, asset managers must use the voting powers their clients have entrusted them with to champion change. In this section we outline our engagement activities and show how creating a dialogue with companies can be successful in changing behaviour. Our voting record shows we are not afraid to challenge conventional corporate thinking, particularly in areas of climate change, board diversity and excessive remuneration.
Engagement: Changing corporate behaviour
We are particularly focused on climate stewardship and have strengthened our policy to more effectively reflect our concerns around climate change issues.
Active engagement: Initiatives 2017/18
We engage with companies individually and collectively. We believe collaborative activities with like-minded investors, particularly in the area of climate change, will bear greater results.
Voting: Putting our beliefs into action
A transparent account of our voting record across the world, in line with our global footprint.