UN Sustainable Development Goals: opening the door wider to impact investing? - AXA Investment Managers

The UN SDGs are causing a stir in the world of responsible investment. AXA Investment Managers looks at how the UN SDGs are changing the playing field - paving the way towards more impact investing, particularly in public equities.

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The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched in late 2015, are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by world leaders to mobilise efforts to end poverty, and fight inequalities and climate change. While the goals are not legally binding, governments, businesses and civil society, with the United Nations, are expected to put in place specific frameworks for their achievement.

While the combination of impact investing and SDGs is still new, investor demand is growing rapidly and moving into larger, more liquid asset classes such as public equities.

At the LGC conference in March 2018, AXA Investment Managers examined the implications for asset owners, how easily the UN SDGs can be considered in portfolio construction and some of the pitfalls to be wary of.

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