Unigestion joins Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative,
strengthening its support for net zero goals
The Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative is very important for our industry, demonstrating the positive contribution asset managers can make to the drive to limit the impact of climate change. While it takes very little commitment in principle to sign up to such initiatives, we felt it was very important to join only if we had a clear idea of our target and how we would achieve it.
Unigestion, the independent, specialist asset manager, is delighted to announce it has joined the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative.
The Initiative brings together an international group of asset managers committed to supporting the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, and to support investing aligned with net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. Some 236 asset managers are now members of the initiative, with $57.5trn in combined assets under management (AUM).
Under the initiative, Unigestion has committed to achieve 30% of its AUM being managed in line with net zero by 2030, based on Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) methodology and using 2019 as a baseline. The Company has been integrating ESG into its investment processes since 2004 and launched a three year ESG Roadmap last year to move the Company from integration towards sustainability.
During 2021, Unigestion formally included ESG integration as the fourth pillar of its investment DNA, together with research-led investment, active risk management and collaborative intelligence between human and machine. This reflects the increased importance ESG principles have across the Company’s investment capabilities – private equity, equities, alternatives and multi-asset. Today ESG criteria are embedded across 77% of the Company’s AUM. In a further step to broaden its ESG offering to clients, Unigestion launched its global Climate Transition Equity Fund last week, which is classified as Article 9 under SFDR. An additional fund in the private equity space will be launched in due course.
Unigestion has been a member of the UNPRI since 2013 and in 2021, achieved an A+ for Strategy and Governance. The Company is also an active member of other collaborative industry initiatives, including Climate Action 100+ and the Plastic Solutions Investor Alliance.
Following work undertaken over several months last year, we have agreed on 30% of our AUM being managed in line with net zero by 2030. We look forward to achieving this goal and to go beyond it as we seek to play our part in the move to a sustainable economy and develop innovative climate-focused investment solutions for our clients.
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