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Founded in 2005, 57 Stars is a boutique alternative asset manager focused on growth and venture investments globally, primarily outside of the United States, through primary and secondary private equity partnerships, co-investments, and direct investments. With more than USD 4.5 billion raised and managed, the firm invests on behalf of leading institutions in high-growth sectors of the global economy driven by technological innovation and rapid user adoption.

57 Stars was founded on the belief that we could reach untapped investment potential with compelling risk adjusted returns while contributing to the sustainable growth of the communities and countries in which we invest. We have been fortunate to participate in purpose-driven companies that are finding profitable solutions to global challenges, and we have developed a dedicated impact investing strategy to invest in such companies with impact intentionality and measurement.

Focusing particularly on environmental sustainability, healthcare, and financial inclusion, 57 Start's impact investing strategy leverages the firm's global platform to invest in tech-driven, high-growth businesses promoting environmental sustainability and improving access to products and services for underserved populations, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The firm employs an investment framework informed by responsible investing principles and is a member of the IFRS Sustainability Alliance and the Global Impact Investing Network.

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 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

*All data facts and figures as of 30 June 2021

Acadian believe environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are closely associated with traditional investment issues. To this end, we were an early adopter of Responsible Investing, having implemented related concepts in our core process since the 1990s. We are pleased to have been the first quantitative investment firm to sign the PRI in 2009.

Acadian’s philosophy is that the stocks likely to generate the best risk-adjusted returns are characterised by strong financial health, solid business prospects, favorable management quality, and upside potential. As we develop a fundamental view of a company, we evaluate both traditional investment factors and non-financial signals, including those related to ESG.

Acadian wholly incorporates ESG investing throughout our investment process. Environmental, social, and governance considerations are integrated through factors in our bottom-up and top-down forecasting frameworks. 

Our investment process goes beyond directing capital on the basis of ESG considerations; we are also active stewards of the capital we invest. Our active research agenda prioritises ESG factors that meet high standards of materiality, and we continue to research ESG factors that may improve returns or reduce risk in our portfolios. We monitor and offer comprehensive reporting on ESG exposures, proxy voting, and engagement activities.

At AEW we recognise that as responsible property investors, all of our investment decisions have an Impact. These decisions should aim to have a positive impact on people, place and planet, without jeopardising returns to investors, and be independently measured against both social and environmental KPIs, for which a Fund Manager should be accountable.

Place-based impact investing (PBII) links Social Impact with Environmental Impact and Place (i.e. Geography) and so connects with real estate owners who have a natural role in both reducing the amount of carbon emitted by the built environment and, as the provider of social infrastructure for society’s needs, can directly impact the economic resilience of local communities. The aim of PBII is to move the narrative of Social Impact beyond just social housing.

Our investment philosophy targets longer term socio and demographic trends that support occupier demand for many “alternative” real estate uses. Our portfolios reflect this with allocations to social sectors such as care homes, staff accommodation, supported living and nursery education. We feel it is important that we should play our part in helping to educate pension funds on how their real estate allocations can have a positive impact (beyond social housing) without compromising returns.

Allia C&C, part of the Allia group, supports a range of organisations whose core purpose is to transform lives, communities and the environment. With extensive experience across different sectors – particularly housing, care and education – we help ensure the optimal funding solution is achieved to deliver more impact, whether that’s a bank loan, bond or private placement.

We also have strong connections with ethical investors from across the market, including high street banks, retail investors pension funds and institutional investors – offering them access to, and expertise in, socially responsible investments.

So we’re uniquely able to align high social impact businesses with investors who not only seek a financial return but want to see their money do good in society.

At AllianceBernstein (AB), we believe that effective responsible investing must start with an unwavering commitment to be a responsible firm ourselves. For more than 50 years, AB has served both our clients and the communities we operate in responsibly. Our promise to be a responsible citizen for all stakeholders underpins our approach to Responsible Investing. We seek to model the same behaviors we expect from investee companies: strong governance, positive social impact, and thoughtful environmental stewardship. Indeed, our strong, long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility makes us more responsible investors for our clients.

Our primary approach to Responsible Investing is through "Integration", meaning we fully integrate ESG factors into our research investment processes, and we actively engage on ESG-related issues. We do so for all actively-managed equity and fixed income client accounts and funds, which represent the majority of our AUM. Drawing on our experience as active owners ourselves, we designed and offer “Portfolios with Purpose”: Strategies that go one step further than ESG integration, incorporating one or more explicit ESG objectives/approaches into their day-to-day management. These solutions – screening, goals-based, sustainable and impact - address our clients’ increasing desire to invest their capital with purpose while also pursuing strong investment returns.

Alpha Real Capital LLP is a specialist real assets investment manager focused on secure income strategies. Sustainability is a core component of our investment philosophy as well as our business strategy, and prioritising responsible investment aligns with the long term nature of the financial assets in which we invest and the relationships we look for with our investment partners.

We believe identifying, measuring and managing ESG factors can play an important role in ensuring attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long term. Integrating sustainability within our investment process not only enhances risk management but in some cases allows us to quantify benefits through which we are able to assess our contribution to the broader sustainability agenda, for example through the use of MSCI Climate VaR and Loop (previously the Social Profit Calculator).

We are a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and believe many assets in which we invest help us face the challenge of climate change as well as exhibiting strong alignment with several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We constantly seek to better understand the concerns and meet the aspirations of our stakeholders with respect to sustainability.

American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives.

Founded in 1958, American Century Investments' 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Frankfurt; Hong Kong; Sydney; Mountain View, California; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Jonathan Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang serves as chief investment officer. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organisation. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of $1.7 billion since 2000. 

ESG and stewardship have been a core part of Amundi’s investment approach since creation. We recognise the role that finance can play in delivering real world impacts, and look to minimise harms and to address key issues.

Our Responsible investing business line sits at the heart of our organisation, positioned to service all of our clients, and investment platforms.  The responsible investment approach is built on three pillars, each with its own senior leadership: ESG data; qualitative research, engagement and voting; and advisory, development and advocacy. The independence of the ESG analysis team from the investment management and financial analysis teams ensures the quality and the independence of the ESG analysis. Nevertheless, ESG analysts work in close collaboration with Amundi’s portfolio management teams. As of end September 2021, the business line gathers around 40 people.  Our ESG experts are entirely focused on research, engagement and voting. The team’s activities are structured in a way that ensures breadth and depth of coverage, with expertise spanning ESG issues.

Amundi engages issuers regardless of the asset class through which we have investment exposure to the business. The issuers with which we engage are chosen based on the extent of their exposure to the relevant engagement issue. As a global investor, we engage across the world, taking account of local realities but with the same level of ambition and gradual expectations across geographies.

We regard divestment as a last resort. By divesting, an asset manager gives up any opportunity to exert influence over a company or sector’s ESG practices. By staying invested in companies that are committed to improving their ESG practices, investors can promote the best sustainable practices within a sector. This is why Amundi has put in place a strong engagement policy. It is an essential part of our fiduciary duty to our clients, and our role as responsible investor.

Two major contemporary challenges are at the forefront for us: climate change (visible in the climate transition and the need to protect ecosystems), and social cohesion. Amundi is at the forefront of innovation, aiming to support and mobilize institutional investor clients to integrate climate change along the whole investment value chain from advisory to portfolio management to ad-hoc services. Our firm has developed strong climate expertise to support investors incorporate climate risk mitigation objectives into different management styles and asset classes. We seek to best accompany investors in the design, management, and monitoring of their efforts to integrate climate change into investment practices.

To do so, Amundi continuously develops research and participates in knowledge transfer of environmental best practices through a series of climate initiatives such as (the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Portfolio Decarbonisation Coalition, or participation in the Executive Committee of the Green Bond Principle), aiming to mobilize investors in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Aon is an advocate for best practices in Responsible Investment (RI). We have spearheaded several initiatives to help provide the investment industry with future insights and guidance on this evolving topic. Our work includes:

  • Implementation of fund manager ESG ratings, providing transparency for pension schemes on how and how well fund managers are integrating ESG risks into their investment strategies.
  • Development of deterministic projections scenarios looking at the potential impact of climate change on pension scheme portfolios and funding levels.
  • Creation of an RI framework to establish a standard language and benchmark around common concepts and definitions.
  • Partnerships with a number of notable organizations around the world, including being a signatory to the UN’s Principles of Responsible Investment; and a partnership with Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership (CISL).
  • Development of research and other thought leadership to help clients judge whether RI initiatives will be beneficial to their portfolios.
  • Researching additional funds and strategies that utilise RI strategies like ESG integration, Impact Investing and exclusion strategies.

 As part of our commitment in this area, we have invested in finding innovative ways to invest in Impact and provide investors with investment solutions which offer the potential for financial rewards and risk mitigation, while making a positive contribution to environmental and social challenges. 

Aquila Capital is an investment and industrial development company focused to generate and manage essential assets on behalf of its clients. By investing in clean energy and sustainable infrastructure, Aquila Capital contributes to the global energy transition and strengthens the world’s infrastructure backbone. The company initiates, develops, and manages these essential assets along the entire value chain and lifetime. Currently Aquila Capital manages around 12.5 billion euros on behalf of institutional investors worldwide. Our primary objective is to generate performance for our clients by managing the complexity of essential assets. 

Today, the company manages wind energy, solar PV and hydropower assets of more than 10 GW capacity. Additionally, over 2 million square metres of sustainable real estate and green logistics projects have been completed or are under development. Aquila Capital also invests in energy efficiency, carbon forestry, and data centres. Aquila Capital has been carbon neutral since 2006. Sustainability has always been part of our value system and is an integral part of our investment strategies, processes, and management of our assets. The company has around 600 employees from 48 nations, operating in 14 offices in twelve countries worldwide. 

Artemis is a leading UK-based fund manager, offering a range of funds which invest in the UK, Europe, the US and around the world. As a dedicated, active investment house, we specialise in investment management for both retail and institutional investors. The firm now manages some £26.2 bn*(€31.3bn / $31.9bn) across a range of funds, two investment trusts, a venture capital trust and both pooled and segregated institutional portfolios. A number of these funds are available to investors in continental Europe and Singapore. 

Independent and owner-managed, the firm’s aim has always been to offer exemplary performance and client service. All Artemis’ staff share these two precepts – and the same flair and enthusiasm for fund management. Our managers invest in their own and their colleagues’ funds, which aligns their interests directly with those of our investors. 

*Source: Artemis as at 31 July 2022. 

Astarte Capital Partners was founded in 2015 and is an independent alternatives co-investment platform with a focus on the real assets space. Astarte’s main focus is to build and provide access to institutional quality investment platforms that focus on  real asset backed strategies which are supported by mega macroeconomic trends, such as ageing population, food safety, clean water and the transition into smart cities. These platforms are built in partnership with best-in-class operating teams that can demonstrate a strong track record in the specific asset class.

Astarte brings over 250 years of asset management and investment fund formation experience with a strategy of working closely with and institutionalizing operating teams. The aim is to contribute unique insights to governance, operation, transparency, ESG and reporting requirements expected by institutional investors. The ESG team of Astarte has developed a proprietary framework specifically designed  for assessing, identifying, monitoring and mitigating material ESG risks as well as, creating opportunities and enhancing increased positive impact to all stakeholders involved. As an active asset manager building multiple sustainable investment platforms, Astarte is aspiring to act as a catalyst in the development of the next generation of ESG standards and responsibilities for private markets.

We are a global asset manager that combines our insurance heritage, investment capabilities and sustainability expertise to deliver wealth and retirement outcomes that matter most to investors.

We are proud to be a company of action. United by a firm-wide commitment to work with and for our clients to do what is right for them, society and the world around us. Responsibility is embedded across all levels of our organisation, in our purpose, people and processes. Understanding ESG, the risks and the opportunities, helps us to be better investors, delivering the investment outcomes our clients expect and making informed decisions on people, earth and climate.

In 2021 we voted on 70,956 resolutions at 6,648 shareholder meetings, representing 27% of votes against management resolutions including 47% of pay proposal. We undertook 2,959 company engagements to identify and reduce ESG risks in our portfolios.

We made strong progress in 2021, with a total of £783 million of sustainable lending delivered to date, we have already achieved 78% of the £1 billion we have committed to delivering by 2025.

In addition, Aviva Investors was rated A+ by the UN PRI in 2020 and awarded Best ESG Asset Manager at the 2021 Corporate Adviser Awards.

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is an active, long-term, global, multi-asset investor. We work with our clients today to provide the solutions they need to help secure a better tomorrow for their investments, while creating a positive change for the world in which we all live.

With fundamental research at the core of our process, our investment professionals seek out and develop the most efficient and robust sources of alpha across world markets, marrying innovation and risk management in a bid to deliver long-term, value for clients.

AXA IM has a long history of innovation and, as a part of the broader AXA group, we are attuned to thinking long term about both risk and return. This combination makes us adept at mitigating tomorrow’s challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities that accompany them.

As stewards of our clients’ assets, our primary goal is to help them preserve and grow their wealth. We believe that an important part of achieving this is investing responsibly. This is why we incorporate environmental, social and governance considerations into our investment decisions and offer clients a full spectrum of responsible and impact investing tools.

Over two decades, we have become one of the largest asset managers in Europe, entrusted with £646 billion (€735bn) in assets as of 30 June 2017. Our 2,400 staff serve over 5,000 clients in 62 countries around the world.

Baillie Gifford has over 100 years of global investment experience and over 30 years serving LGPS clients. Our primary goal is to add value over the long term – we achieve this through a single focus on active management. This means that our priorities are aligned with those of our clients as we commit to improving LGPS member outcomes through long-term sustainable investments. 

We are long-term investors, not speculators. Our investment philosophy focuses on growth while our universe is global. Accordingly, we believe that fundamental analysis and proprietary research are core to a successful, long-term, bottom-up investment approach. From our head office in Edinburgh we are able to harness this intellectually curious and rigorous approach – where the sharing of ideas and robust debate between our investment teams are central to our investment process.

The result is a successful business that continues to grow organically. We now manage and advise over £277bn in specialist equity, fixed income and multi-asset portfolios for a global client base.

Barings is a $347+ billion* global investment manager sourcing differentiated opportunities and building long-term portfolios across public and private fixed income, real estate, and specialist equity markets. With investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the firm, a subsidiary of MassMutual, aims to serve its clients, communities and employees, and is committed to sustainable practices and responsible investment.

*As of December 31, 2022

Barnett Waddingham is a leading independent UK consultancy at the forefront of risk, pensions, investment and insurance. Across Barnett Waddingham, we work to assist trustees with all aspects of running their pension scheme, including ESG, responsible and impact investment considerations. We give comprehensive advice on the regulatory ESG framework affecting pension schemes and we design practical, client-focused solutions to help our clients reflect their beliefs, on ESG considerations and beyond, in their investment strategy.

Our ESG, responsible and impact research is supported by a working group whose expertise spans across manager research, DB and DC consulting. This group draws on the depth of knowledge from across the firm to provide insightful and innovative research, training and support.

As a firm, we recognise that we have an impact that goes beyond our core activities. Barnett Waddingham believes in giving back to the communities where our employees live and work, and have developed corporate social investment policies to address our own impact, as well as charitable donations and paid staff volunteering. 

Be-Spoke Capital is a private markets manager providing long-term capital solutions to the non-sponsored market. We help to support the real economy, through both societal and environmental goals generating and delivering sustainable economic growth. This commitment has been integral to our business model since inception and continues to underpin our strategy.

Our responsible investment philosophy cascades through our origination and investment process, which is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework.

- Our Sustainable Private Credit Strategy exclusively focuses on businesses that are aligned to our core SDGs and are able to have a material positive societal or environmental impact.

- Our Sustainable Asset Based Lending Strategy exclusively focuses on businesses in the renewables, recycling and offshore decommissioning sectors.

We focus on substantive objectives, business efficacy, intentionality, and additionality through our investments Our impact quantification methodology develops tailor made impact indicators, which are measured through the lifetime of the transaction and framed by our impact thesis. As we support the development of our investee companies’ impact alignment, we are able to help grow their equity value and future-proof their business. 

A clean technology-centric ecosystem, Beam Earth develops, structures, and provides funding for environmentally aligned businesses and services across the investment themes of clean energy, sustainability, and financial innovation. Together, Beam and its shareholders acquire, co-invest and operate environmentally progressive companies, as well as transition technologies and innovative financial solutions to deliver enhanced returns and minimum environmental impact.

All of Beam´s management decisions are driven by a commitment to the improvement of eco responsibility, best practices, and a holistic approach to reducing environmental impact. This is accomplished through Beam’s interconnected business lines, that harbor its commitment and passion for making ESG a reality, and through which it meets institutional impact investor’s needs that include real asset ownership, ESG requirements and attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Beam is at the forefront of new clean transition-related business opportunities that will have a positive social impact on the environment and where its experience and infrastructure will add value. Hydrogen is considered the best chance for decarbonizing the global economy, so Beam (TEH) is focusing on economic extraction of white natural hydrogen from sub-surface with minimal environmental footprint. Beam will leverage its ESG expertise and proven track record to deliver profitable, clean, customized solutions by adapting disruptive environmentally-friendly technologies to face the challenges raised by renewable white hydrogen production.

At Berenberg Wealth & Asset Management, we have managed sustainable strategies for decades. We believe the consideration of ESG factors as key to investment decision making given that it helps our portfolio managers to better analyse risk and return. We incorporate ESG factors by analysing risks and opportunities using our own research and via third party providers. Furthermore, our highly experienced portfolio managers have access to corporate management and industry experts where we have open and detailed conversations concerning companies’ ESG capabilities. This helps us to gain unique company  insights, especially regarding potential growth drivers and guide companies in relation to sustainability-related matters. In addition, the open dialogue amongst our own investment professionals enhances our ESG integration as we benefit from the team’s depth of industry experience and knowledge. We offer a broad range of ESG investment approaches including negative/exclusionary screening, impact investing and ESG integration into fundamental assessments. We apply ESG analysis across different asset classes in our quantitative and discretionary strategies and work with our clients in segregated mandates to reflect their specific preferences around ESG and sustainability. 

Berenberg is a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), a participant of the ‘Know The Chain’ benchmark and a signatory of the Access to Medicine Foundation’s investor statement for a fair, equitable and global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

bfinance is an independent investment consultant providing a range of services to investors across the globe (more than 35 countries to date). These services including manager research and selection, portfolio strategy and design, risk analytics, fee benchmarking, performance monitoring and more. The firm does not provide any asset management or fiduciary management services and we believe that such services represent a potential conflict of interest alongside investment advisory activities.

Within these services, the firm has long worked to help clients in developing and implementing their approaches to responsible investment. Investors face a range of challenges in this space including developing effective ESG policies, integrating specific ESG or impact considerations into manager research and delivering on ESG or impact reporting objectives. Our clients frequently have specific individual requirements: there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to responsible investment. The firm’s highly differentiated manager selection process has been particularly useful in addressing ESG considerations, since it enables an investor’s unique requirements to be applied to the widest universe of managers. Managers can score poorly on ESG criteria for specific clients while having a strong (generic) ESG rating from another relevant entity.

Big Issue Invest extends The Big Issue’s mission by financing the growth of sustainable social enterprises and charities across the UK. Big Issue Invest offers loans and investment from £20,000 to £3 million. Since launching in 2005, we have invested in over 330 organisations, all of which have positively influenced the lives of people across the UK.

We are also bringing the mainstream to social investment with the UK Social Bond Fund, in partnership with Columbia Threadneedle, and the UK Equity Impact – Employment Opportunities Fund, in collaboration with Aberdeen Standard Investments. Big Issue Invest is also helping to pave the way for 3.4 million social housing tenants to potentially improve their credit, by partnering with Experian on The Rental Exchange. The capital raised by Big Issue Invest comes from mainly private sources and not from sales of the magazine and Big Issue Invest pays any dividends generated by our investments to our parent company, The Big Issue Group.

Created by social entrepreneurs, for social entrepreneurs, Big Issue Invest is the world’s first ‘Social Merchant Bank’ and a steadfast champion of social enterprise.

Big Society Capital exists to improve the lives of people in the UK through social impact investing. We unite ideas, expertise and capital to create investment solutions for the UK’s social challenges, supporting organisations that deliver both positive social impact and sustainable financial returns. So far, we have helped channel £2.5 billion* into investments tackling a wide range of social problems.

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We are an asset manager whose objective is to create better financial futures for our clients and the people they serve. As a fiduciary to our clients, our firm is built to protect and grow the value of our clients’ assets.

We aspire to be an industry leader in how we incorporate sustainability into our investment processes and learning across the firm, our stewardship of our clients’ assets, our sustainable investment solutions offered to our clients, and the operations of our own business. From BlackRock’s perspective, business-relevant sustainable issues contribute to a company’s long-term financial performance, and thus incorporating these considerations into the investment research, portfolio construction, and stewardship process can enhance long-term risk adjusted returns. By expanding access to data, insights and learning on material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities in investment processes across our diverse platform, we become better overall investors. BlackRock incorporates material sustainable insights across our active investment platform, and also provides a range of dedicated sustainable strategies that spans exclusionary, ESG objective, thematic, and impact solutions.

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) is the investment arm of BNP Paribas, a leading banking group in Europe with international reach. BNPP AM aims to generate long-term sustainable investment returns for its clients, based on a unique sustainability-driven philosophy.

BNPP AM’s investment capabilities are focused around five key strategies:

  • High Conviction Strategies.
  • Private Debt & Real Assets.
  • Multi-Asset, Quantitative & Solutions (MAQS).
  • Emerging markets and Liquidity.
  • Solutions, with investment processes incorporating quantitative and fundamental analysis.

Sustainability is embedded within BNPP AM’s strategy and investment decision-making. Among the leaders in thematic investment in Europe, BNPP AM contributes to the energy transition, environmental sustainability and the promotion of equality and inclusive growth. We currently manage EUR 502 billion of assets and benefits from the expertise of around 500 investment professionals and over 400 client servicing specialists, serving individual, corporate and institutional clients in 69 countries. 

Source: BNPP AM, as at 30 September 2021

BOOST&Co is a private debt firm that provides growth capital to UK-based SMEs. Since 2013, we have backed more than 140 innovative, technology-enabled businesses across the breadth of the UK in need of capital to accelerate growth.

Our approach to lending for growth leads to increased business investment, often creating and sustaining skilled and highly skilled jobs, investment in technology infrastructure and expansion into international markets. We strive to bridge the gap in the SME funding ecosystem, where, since the global financial crisis of over a decade ago, many funding sources are either not available, or not fit for purpose.

BOOST&Co has a truly nationwide presence, with an investment team located across seven cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds, London and Reading), and approximately 70% of our funding supports businesses outside of the London area. Consequently, we are in a strong position to continue to meet the challenges faced by SMEs across the UK, helping to create jobs and unlock growth in the process.

Bridges Fund Management (formerly Bridges Ventures) is a specialist fund manager focused exclusively on sustainable and impact investment, with offices in London, New York and San Francisco. Since 2002, the firm has raised over £900m to invest in SMEs, properties and social sector organisations that are helping to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges, with a focus on four themes: health & wellbeing, education & skills, sustainable living and underserved markets.

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Candriam is a European asset management company:

  • Established for over 25 years.
  • With management centres in Paris, Luxembourg, Brussels and London.
  • With 570 professionals to better understand the markets; and
  • €158 billion* in assets under management.

Our name is an acronym for Conviction AND Responsibility IAsset Management, which means our managers actively position their portfolios, away from trends and benchmarks.

We have been a pioneer in sustainable investing since 1996, and now represents over €105 billion* under management, Candriam offers investment solutions across all asset classes, including bonds, equities, absolute performance, asset allocation, real estate, and private debt.

ESG factors are a part of all our investment analysis, whether an ESG-labeled product or not. We believe decarbonising our activities and reducing inequalities are such huge challenges to economies that they are integral to the future of  financial markets and that we can make impact, but also define, monitor, and report on impact.

We are a member of the New York Life Group of companies, one of the world’s leading global insurers and investment managers, with whom we share a long-term vision: To offer you quality services and performance in a long-term relationship.

*Data as at 31 December 2021

Capital Dynamics is a global private assets manager focused on mid-market private equity and private credit, and clean energy infrastructure. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Capital Dynamics employs approximately 160 professionals globally across 14 offices, overseeing more than USD 13 billion in assets under management and advisement1

Capital Dynamics (the Firm) has a dedicated Responsible Investment (RI) Committee that continuously seeks to improve performance and reduce risk for its clients, while providing a closer alignment of objectives amongst stakeholders and society. This is largely achieved using a rigorous RI scoring system that evaluates transactions at the time of investment and annually thereafter. The Firm has also been an early signatory of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.

Over the years, Capital Dynamics’ investments across its multi-strategy platform have had a direct and positive impact on the Firm’s activities. The private equity practice employs best practice towards environmental, social and governance factors for its portfolio companies. The clean energy practice – one of the largest global renewable investors – has provided significant environmental benefits through its investments since inception in 2010 – over 23 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions have been avoided, equivalent to powering 4 million homes for a year. 

1.  As of September 30, 2021. Assets Under Management are calculated based on the total commitments as of the final closing date for all funds currently managed by Capital Dynamics, including amounts that have been distributed. Assets under advisement includes assets for which Capital Dynamics provides services such as reporting, monitoring and risk management. 

Capital Group is one of the oldest and largest asset management companies in the world, managing fixed income, multi-asset and equity investment strategies for different types of investors. For 90 years, our mission has been to improve people’s lives through successful investing. We believe integrating ESG into our investment process can generate better long-term outcomes for our clients.

Knowing how organisations interact with and impact their communities, customers, suppliers, employees and the environment is critical to understanding their potential as long-term investments. After all, we seek to invest in firms well-positioned for the future – those able to grow sustainably their businesses – to drive successful investing outcomes for the millions of families who entrust us with their savings. Our experience and research indicate that when an organisation takes a thoughtful and robust approach to ESG, it can be a positive indicator of sustainability and strategic thinking. We believe that approach will eventually be positively reflected in a company’s share price or an organisation’s growth trajectory. ESG is intrinsic to our investment process and is deeply woven into our fundamental, bottom-up research, due diligence and engagement; it is not a separate 'add on'. Every analyst and portfolio manager is responsible for contributing to integrating ESG into our investment approach.

Today, Capital Group works with financial intermediaries and institutions to manage more than £2.7 trillion* in long-term assets for investors around the world

*Data from 31 December 2021

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Founded in 2000, Cardano is a privately-owned, purpose-built pensions advisory and investment specialist with a leading-edge sustainability offering. We are widely recognised as a market leader in the provision of specialised services to pension schemes and long-term savings organisations in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Our c. 500 professionals strive to deliver better and more secure financial outcomes.

  • Advisory: a pensions covenant, investment, sustainability, corporate finance and risk advisory business serving approximately 400 scheme and corporate clients. Our scheme clients have aggregated assets of over £370bn.
  • Investment Management: a purpose-built asset and fiduciary management provider, with a leading-edge sustainability offering, serving pension schemes (and non-pension scheme clients with similar risk management requirements) with £50bn of assets under management.
  • DC: we manage over £15bn in DC assets across the UK and the Netherlands. In the UK, we operate NOW: Pensions, an award-winning UK workplace pension provider, serving 2m members and tens of thousands of employers from a wide range of industry sectors.

Our world deserves better financial solutions – that are more resilient and sustainable. At Cardano, we bring a distinct approach to advisory and investment management that challenges the status quo. Rather than repeat the same outdated models, we think bigger about the world around us. By bringing together cognitively diverse teams with a mix of perspectives and skill sets, we reduce blind spots and open up new possibilities, delivering tailored solutions for our clients.

CBRE Global Investors is one of the world’s leading real asset investment managers with $104.2 billion in assets under management.

Built up over more than 40 years, our unparalleled platform is focused on real assets, giving our institutional clients access to real estate and infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Our clients benefit from a complete range of investment solutions including equity and debt, direct and indirect, and listed and unlisted strategies.

We believe the best performance comes from putting our clients first. Our local market intelligence, proprietary research and active management enable our experienced professionals to deliver world-class investment results and exceptional client service.

As part of CBRE Group, the premier real estate services platform, we also offer our clients our competitive advantage with an enriched local footprint and market knowledge and access to best-in-class services.

Responsible investing

The built environment has a significant impact on the global environment and is at the nexus of many of today’s most important issues, including land use, resource depletion, climate change, transportation, affordable housing and workplace health. 

We therefore believe that we have a responsibility to incorporate and demonstrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices in all of our corporate and investment management activities. 

Our commitment to ESG within our company and responsible investing initiatives can create shared advantages by enhancing returns, mitigating risk and improving the long-term value of real assets for our clients.

Cheyne Impact Real Estate has a dual financial and social impact objective, seeking to generate an attractive income-oriented return while delivering a meaningful social impact through UK property.

Since 2014 the strategy has been to buy or build property for use as affordable accommodation – including general needs affordable housing, temporary accommodation for local authorities to house those in urgent need, and keyworker housing – and adult social care – including supported living for adults with learning or physical difficulties, as well as senior care. A defining feature of Cheyne’s approach is to deliver additional assets for these purposes, rather than acquiring existing stock. With an in-house development team, Cheyne’s expertise runs the spectrum from modest repositioning of homes for social care purposes through to the design and build of large new development schemes. 

The strategy’s impact objectives are coded into the research and due diligence processes and overseen by an external social impact member of the investment committee as well as an independent annual impact audit.

The investments are expected to deliver a steady, long-term, inflation-linked income for investors whilst increasing the provision of high-quality, affordable homes in the UK.

The Clean Growth Fund exists to financially back and support early-stage, UK, clean technology founders to accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions and increase resource efficiency in the areas of power and energy, buildings, transport and waste.

As a team we each bring a long, rich history of working with start-up businesses in the sector, helping to turn them in to fast-growing companies that deliver both climate impact and financial returns.

Our funds come from the UK Government and institutional investors. We are mission driven to reduce carbon intensity through the adoption of technology innovation and to close the funding gap between early-stage offerings and commercialised solutions required to deliver net zero.

As venture capital investors, we understand backing early-stage businesses is about risk management. We also understand that to effect great climate change we must understand technology impact. This is what we do. When diligently evaluating opportunities, we assess both risk and impact. We seek top-tier returns from the most promising climate technologies which are wholly aligned with our ESG goals; and in doing so, we expect to help solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

We measure and report financials metrics; we track and disclose climate impact. We utilise our networks and experts from our relationship with Carbon Limiting Technologies to de-risk and accelerate growth. It is how we drive superior financial returns, by doing the right things.

Investing smarter for the world you want

At Columbia Threadneedle Investments, we offer investments to make a difference to your world, and the wider world. Millions of people rely on us to manage their money and invest for their future; together they entrust us with US $598 billion.

We are Globally Connected

Our reach is expansive, with 2,500 people – including more than 650 investment specialists – spanning the world. But for us, a global perspective is about more than numbers; it is about the smarter advantage we create when we bring our teams’ insights together. We’ve built our diverse expertise and on-the-ground knowledge into our investment processes and solutions, covering almost every asset class and market.

We are Intense about Research

We share a belief that original, independent research makes investment decisions smarter. We have over 200 research associates around the globe, and proprietary tools harnessing big data and next generation analytics. This allows us to turn information into forward-looking insights that can add real value to our investment decisions, enhancing our ability to help deliver good outcomes for our clients.

We have a Responsible Ethos

We think our Responsible Investment (RI) capabilities can help you contribute through your investments to shaping the future world you seek. This continually pushes us forward in how we seek to operate as a business in developing our in-depth RI research capability as support for portfolio construction.* As a responsible investor, partner, and citizen we’re building our RI capabilities needed to help you, our clients, achieve your financial goals while seeking to shape the world you want to live in.

We focus on Continuous Improvement

Markets don’t stand still and neither do we. Every day, we’re looking for opportunities to improve how we invest and what our clients experience – be it the independent oversight teams that ensure the robustness of our investment processes, the emphasis we place on developing our talent, or the innovative solutions that we offer. The world is continually changing, and with it our clients’ needs, which is why we are always evolving.

Whatever world you want, our purpose is to help you achieve it. 

*Although RI research is made available to all portfolio managers, each portfolio management team within our firm makes its own investment decisions and certain teams may place more, less or no emphasis on such research in any given investment decision.

All correct as at 30 June 2022.


Radically collaborative, Conduit Capital is an impact investment manager giving bold ideas the resources they need to thrive. It does this by forming strategic, cross-sector partnerships, creating innovative financial products, and sharing knowledge, networks, and capital to maximise impact at every stage. By proving the financial viability of impact investment strategies, Conduit Capital is charting a course that others can follow, leading to a more just and resilient world.

Working across the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Conduit Capital's products reach backwards to correct systemic inequalities and look forwards to address tomorrow’s problems.

Connected Asset Management is an impact investment management firm that has spun out of the multi-award-winning pension fintech, Smart Pension, a workplace pension provider for UK SMEs and micro employers.

At CAM we bridge the gap between impact investment firms and pension funds. We introduce UK DB & DC pension funds to a wide array of impact investments by:

  1. Evaluating the schemes existing investment strategy in relation to the scheme’s values and beliefs,
  2. Designing and implementing a new investment strategy that better reflects the principles of the new policies/values, and
  3. Developing and managing Impact funds specifically designed for pension funds.

Working with key stakeholders at Smart Pension we have facilitated their transition to a market leading default investment proposition with 71% exposure to ESG funds from a starting point of zero in 2019.

Consilium Capital is a specialist corporate finance firm dedicated to advising and raising capital internationally for companies and investment funds making sustainable or impact investments.

Our mission is to offer investments across a range of asset classes (private markets and public markets) and geographies which:

  • address global environmental or social challenges
  • aim to achieve both appropriate risk-adjusted financial returns and measurable positive impact.

Our sector expertise aligns with several of the UN SDGs:
Clean Energy & Climate Tech; Nature-Based Solutions (sustainable food & agriculture; sustainable forestry, sustainable oceans & aquaculture), Financial Inclusion, and Multi-sector Impact areas (circular economy, sustainable real estate, healthtech, edtech and gender equity).

Our services include:
Strategic advice, structuring of corporate and fund transactions, capital raising as a placing agent and M&A.

We have ongoing relationships with a wide range of investors including asset owners and asset managers, private banks and wealth managers, family offices and ultra high net worth investors.

Consilium Capital is a member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a member of the Global Private Capital Association, and a member of the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC).

The principals of Cornerstone Capital have worked closely with pension funds and other Institutional investors for over twenty years and, throughout this time, we have listened carefully to their evolving needs and objectives.

Foremost among these is to invest in opportunities that have superior risk-adjusted return profiles and provide effective portfolio diversification.

Cornerstone sources niche, and often difficult-to-access, investment strategies, with experienced management teams and compelling business models, that match each investor’s principal investment criteria.

As a matter of course, Cornerstone Capital only represents managers who offer investors:
  • Better aligned compensation models that reward success
  • Stronger governance with increased investor oversight
  • Decision-making guided by ESG & SRI considerations
  • Potential to make a positive economic and social impact 
We advise managers on structuring and then make targeted introductions to institutional investors actively seeking to invest in such strategies. A two-step process that first makes a strategy investable and then provides the capital needed to transform a business.

To ensure that our interests are equally aligned with all parties, Afinishay is always compensated by the manager and primarily by compensation tied to the success of the strategy.

Downing LLP is a sustainability-focused UK Investment Manager founded in 1986 and employing over 200 professionals across four offices. In addition to investment and development teams focused on renewable energy, we have assets in healthcare ventures, development capital, property finance and listed equities. Our core approach to Sustainable Investment across all these asset classes covers integration of material ESG factors to investment decisions, being an active owner with engagement to achieve real outcomes, and reporting & transparency on our progress. This is in order to achieve net environmental gain, positive societal outcomes and assets that are well governed. We have been one of the earliest investors into UK renewable energy, with a strong track record going as far back as 2010.

DWS Group (DWS) is one of the world's leading asset managers with EUR 880bn of assets under management (as of 30 September 2021). Building on more than 60 years of experience, it has a reputation for excellence in Germany, Europe, the Americas and Asia. DWS is recognised by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.

We offer individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all major asset classes and solutions aligned to growth trends. Our diverse expertise in Active, Passive and Alternatives asset management – as well as our deep environmental, social and governance focus – complement each other when creating targeted solutions for our clients. Our expertise and on-the-ground-knowledge of our economists, research analysts and investment professionals are brought together in one consistent global CIO View, which guides our investment approach strategically.

 DWS wants to innovate and shape the future of investing: with approximately 3,500 employees in offices all over the world, we are local while being one global team. We are investors – entrusted to build the best foundation for our clients’ future.

Earth Capital Limited (ECL) was co-founded by Stephen Lansdown CBE and Gordon Power. We are a growth equity investment manager, investing across UK and Europe in clean technology solutions. With a diverse team of experienced professionals, we manage a growing portfolio of assets in the energy, food and water sectors and have a pipeline of exceptional impact investment opportunities.

Our sustainability impact is measured through our award-winning proprietary Earth Dividend™ tool. This provides a holistic overview of an investment's contribution to sustainable development and focuses on the connection between positive impact and commercial value, ensuring continuous performance improvement.

We were rated 99-100% by the Principles for Responsible Investment ('PRI') 2021, winner of 'ESG Assessment Tool of the Year' in the Environmental Finance Sustainable Investment Awards 2021 and a Top 10 Performer in the ESG Transparency - Private Equity and Venture Capital Index 2021.

Edmond de Rothschild is a conviction driven investment house founded on the idea that wealth should be used to build the future. Family-based, independent and specialist, the Group favours bold strategies and investments rooted in the real economy, combining long-term performance and impact.

We strongly believe that finance should contribute to building the world of tomorrow; that wealth should be seen not as an end in itself, but as a starting point for change. Accordingly, our expertise is focused on forward-looking themes such as energy and environmental transition, affordable housing, urban development and human capital. While aiming to generate long-term per­formance, our teams also seek to drive positive change for society and the world in which we live.

Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management has followed a sustainable investment path since 2007 in launching a strategy linked to renewable energies and in 2010 decided to commit to the UNPRI. In 2017 the Group established a climate roadmap with the objective to limit global warming to below 2 degrees. This roadmap was updated in 2020 to take into consideration the climate emergency and the responses provided by various economic players and regulators, including the European Union green taxonomy.

Founded in 1953, the Edmond de Rothschild Group Group today manages £145 billion in assets, with more than 2,500 employees and 29 offices worldwide. Our Asset Management business invests with conviction across public and private markets and serves a client base of institutional, wholesale and private investors across Europe and in selected international markets.

Source: Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management, 31 March 2022.

Eiffel Investment Group is a portfolio manager with almost €5 billion assets under management. Eiffel’s investor base consists of large institutional investors (insurance companies, mutual funds, pension funds, banks, large family offices, public investors) as well as individual investors via retail distribution channels. Backed by the Impala group founded by entrepreneur Jacques Veyrat, Eiffel Investment Group leverages its strong corporate expertise particularly in the field of energy transition, but also in the health, agri-food, and information & communication technology sectors.

Eiffel finances companies and their assets through four main strategies: private debt, private equity, energy transition infrastructure, and listed equities and credit.

Eiffel Investment Group’s mission is to invest for a sustainable world. Its investment strategies aim to generate not only a strong financial performance but also positive and measurable social and environmental impacts.

The Eiffel Investment Group has brought together a team of around 80 talented professionals based mainly in France (Paris) but also in The Netherlands (Amsterdam) and in the USA (New York).

Ellandi has a town centre vision: to create the UK’s most sustainable and inclusive communities.

We lead partnerships with the public and private sector, working in over 25 locations across the UK and NI.

We are currently awaiting B–Corp accreditation and have launched a project, called Pivot, to set an industry standard for measuring the social impact for town centre real estate with Social Value Portal.

EQ Investors (EQ) is an award-winning discretionary fund manager focused on sustainable and impact investing. We build partnerships with intermediaries, charities & foundations in the UK and across the globe, offering active, passive, and bespoke investment solutions.

EQ is a Certified B Corporation, an internationally recognised standard for companies that believe in business as a force for good. Making a positive contribution to the wider community is a core part of its business philosophy. EQ has established The EQ Foundation as a registered charity with a focus on social mobility.

For more information about EQ Investors, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

ESGnie specializes in building ESG and economically literate AI models that can correctly automate the extraction, standardization, and mapping and reporting of ESG and financial information onto funds' internal investment frameworks for their entire portfolio universe, significantly reducing the amount of time, cost, and resources spent on processing unstructured ESG data. This enable funds' to build in-house ESG research capabilities aligned with their internal frameworks and differentiated investment strategies (by combining internal and external datasets that was not previously cost and time effective to process accurately.

Our original AI bakes-in sufficient economic understanding to be able to correctly extract and standardise financial and ESG information across a very large number of companies, in an automated manner, which is not possible with existing AI (computer vision and NLP) that fails to correctly standardise information across companies that report economically similar information using a variety of different terms and formats.

 Our technology has also been recognised by Microsoft, coming in 3rd place in a recent Microsoft Virtual Hackathon 2021.

ETF Partners supports talented entrepreneurs and management teams with investment capital and experience. Our funds come from institutional investors, global corporations and family offices. We create value by investing in technology companies that make a difference. We are driven by the desire to demonstrate that technological innovation offers compelling answers to one of the most pressing problems of the world achieving sustainable prosperity. Investing in innovation always involves a leap of faith. Potential impact is more important to us than ease of measurement. In fact, our impact measurements are fully orientated towards the potential future impact of a company. When we evaluate the impact of our companies or potential investments, we look for additionality, scale and durability. We look for impact goals that align with ETF’s impact mission as well the world’s most pressing issues – primarily as outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, known as the “SDG’s”. We are looking for potential that is off the charts. So, from our perspective, the state of the art remains, for now, very much an art. It is what we call ‘Sustainability through Innovation’.

At EY, we strongly believe in developing sustainable solutions that factor in ESG considerations. We have been advising asset owner globally, including pension schemes, insurers, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and banks.

We support pension funds of all sizes in their approach to ESG and we continuously invest and innovate in this space. Our commitment to research, thought leadership and market leading tools aid clients in the process of integrating ESG within the wider pension scheme governance.

Our multi-disciplinary approach is backed by deep expertise across the investment, covenant and funding pillars and our dedicated climate change and sustainability team provides specialist insights.

We take our role as a responsible corporate citizens extremely seriously, and have taken steps to address our impact on climate change. Over 2020 we achieved carbon neutrality, with the ambition of being carbon negative over 2021. These are steps towards our stated ambition of being “net zero” by 2025

A global leader in active, responsible investment

Federated Hermes is a global leader in active, responsible investment. We are guided by the conviction that responsible investing is the best way to create long-term wealth. Our specialised capabilities across equity, fixed income and private markets, in addition to multi-asset strategies and proven liquidity-management solutions, are provided to investors around the world.

Through our pioneering, global stewardship services, we engage companies on strategic and sustainability concerns to promote investors’ long-term performance and fiduciary interests. We also advocate the interests of our clients and the necessity of greater responsibility throughout the investment industry in interactions with policymakers. Our goals are to help individuals invest and retire better, to help clients achieve better risk-adjusted returns, and to contribute to positive outcomes in the wider world.

GBP: £494.2bn, US$668.9bn, EUR: €587.5bn in assets under management (select one) | £1,211bn, €1,442.4bn, US$1,640.3bn (select one) in assets under advice | 1900+ employees in 14 offices in North America, Europe and Asia

Our investment capabilities span public and private markets, and our stewardship services cover equities and fixed income:

  • Active equities: global and regional.
  • Fixed income: across regions, sectors and the yield curve.
  • Liquidity: solutions driven by four decades of experience.
  • Private markets: infrastructure, private equity and debt.
  • Stewardship: corporate engagement, proxy voting and policy advocacy.

We believe that investing responsibly and engaging companies successfully provide the best way to sustain long-term outperformance and contribute to beneficial outcomes for investors, companies, society and the environment. Our fiduciary heritage and expertise in responsible investment ensure that our clients’ interests come first and that we support positive change in the wider world. This commitment is embodied by the Federated Hermes Pledge, which places responsibility, integrity and client focus at the heart of everything our people do.

 *Source: Federated Hermes as at 31 December 2021

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Fidante Partners forms long-term alliances with talented investment teams to support and grow specialist investment management businesses. Through these strategic partnerships, we are able to provide investors with some of the world’s most compelling investment strategies spanning traditional and alternative asset classes.

For these highly skilled managers, our strategic, operational and distribution expertise gives them access to a large global investor base while enabling them to focus on what they do best – managing money. By matching their talent with our know-how, scalability and support, it is a partnership designed to help them drive success.

We believe that investing responsibly is integral to long-term manager growth and investment performance. Therefore, seeking partnerships with fund managers who are committed to continuous progress in ESG integration is fundamental. From launch to maturity these investment teams can draw on our dedicated in-house ESG specialist for bespoke advice and support in their ESG integration work, as well as utilising our governance team for proxy voting and corporate actions.

We are a global investment management business which forms part of the Challenger Limited Group, an ASX-listed investment management firm. Today we manage over £46.9bn of assets on behalf of clients and have over 200 dedicated employees across Australia and Europe.*

*As at 30 September 2021

Fidelity International provides world class investment solutions and retirement expertise to institutions, individuals and their advisers – to help our clients build better futures for themselves and generations to come. As a private company, we think generationally and invest for the long term. Helping clients to save for retirement and other long-term investing objectives has been at the core of our business for over 50 years.

We are dedicated to achieving the best possible risk-adjusted returns for our clients. We believe integrating sustainability across everything we do as a company can help our clients achieve a better future. In that regard, high standards of corporate social responsibility in ESG issues make good business sense and contribute to the long-term potential of companies. Our analysts have responsibility for analysing the ESG performance of the companies in which we invest, working closely with a dedicated team of ESG specialists.

Fidelity has been signatory to the PRI since 2012. We have been rated as an industry leader in ESG integration by the PRI, scoring A+ in every category in 2020.

Fidelity has also set out the following emissions targets, to reflect our commitment to a more sustainable society:
1. Halve absolute emissions across our investment portfolio by 2030, from a 2020 baseline, starting with equity and corporate bond holdings; and reach net zero for holdings by 2050.
2. Achieve net-zero emissions across Fidelity’s own corporate operations by 2030. (See our Corporate Sustainability Report 2021 for details of our plan to achieve this).

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At Finance for Sustainability, we work on big ideas that connect new forms of investment to social issues in the UK. We do this by working in partnership with others to identify gaps in the provision of finance and creating new funds, private investment products or seeding new advisory firms to work on solving the complex social and environmental issues others are afraid to work on. Finance for Sustainability is a not-for-profit, every penny we make in profits is reinvested in the Group, both expanding and strengthening existing operations or launching and seeding new ventures. Our Group Companies are either ‘not-for-profit’ or ‘for profit social sector’ businesses, meaning we have a mission lock and no less than 51% of profits are reinvested in that mission each and every year. Across the FFS Group we manage or advise on £43m of Social and Environmental Impact Funds, with more in the process of being created.

Our Group Companies:

Finance Earth is a mission-driven social enterprise, working in partnership with world leading environmental organisations to protect and restore nature using market-based mechanisms and implementing bespoke financial tools. We help create projects – and the investment vehicles to fund them – that balance positive outcomes for nature, communities and investors.

Sporting Assets is social enterprise that helps develop sustainable sports enterprises, by taking ownership of facilities, developing new ones and by helping to create or diversify revenue streams.

ArtsVentures is a social enterprise that helps develop sustainable and resilient arts enterprises, by supporting them to make the most of their assets.

Foresight is a sustainability-led investment manager, which means that Sustainability and ESG considerations are integrated within the core investment beliefs and across the investment, asset management and reporting processes of the company. Foresight believes that Sustainability is a mode of thinking that is applied by making viable and supportable decisions that will offer positive, long-term societal and environmental impact. Achieving the mission of investing for a smarter future, requires Foresight to develop and execute compelling investment strategies, underpinned by long-term thinking and analysis of the macro-trends shaping our world. Foresight’s ability to succeed in this mission and to invest in a manner that supports sustainable economic and social development requires Foresight to build and maintain the trust of the global investor community as well as a wide network of project partners. To this end, Foresight recognises the importance of upholding the highest sustainability values in the context of managing Foresight’s trusted reputation as a leader in sustainable investing.

Being a good global corporate citizen is central to our mission to be a premier global investment management organisation. We understand this not only affects our business, but also impacts our reputation with investors, customers, and employees.

We believe that responsible private capital can create 'win-win' outcomes for both investors and the community. As such we see impact investing as a natural strategy to deploy within our social infrastructure investment strategy.  For example, renovations that directly improve the utility of a space for tenants and visitors can both improve the quality of services being provided and increase the value of the physical asset. We can also create local partnerships that enhance the experience of stakeholders. For example, working with a school to have students volunteer time at an elderly care facility can create a more positive experience for the elderly, thereby increasing the value of that facility to the community. Likewise, making energy efficient upgrades to buildings can reduce service costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We believe that investing in social infrastructure with a focus on impact can not only yield market-rate returns, it can also create financial resiliency that improves financial results.

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Fulcrum Asset Management gives careful consideration as to our involvement in and responsibility to the financial markets as well as further afield. We are strong supporters of initiatives to create a more sustainable world and view financial services to have an important role to play in this in the years ahead.

We have a holistic approach to Responsible Investment, incorporating our activities with key stakeholders as well as embedding them in our investment philosophy and process. We believe we can achieve improved risk-adjusted returns and as such we integrate ESG risks and opportunities across asset classes and time horizons wherever possible.

We also believe it is part of our responsibility to consider the impact investments might have on society and the planet, particularly when it comes to Climate Change. Climate Change is a mega trend that is not only a significant driver of investment risk but also an area of opportunity - in particular the transition to a low-carbon world. We believe this to be the single largest risk faced by investors and as society seeks to mitigate Climate Change over the coming decades, we expect there to be profound and lasting effects across all sectors of the investment landscape.

Funding Circle is the leading small business loan platform in the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands. As of 30 September 2018, investors have lent over £5.6 billion to more than 56,000 businesses. In 2017, Funding Circle loans helped to create and sustain more than 75,000 jobs, and contributed £3.9 billion to the economies of its four markets.

Funding Circle uses its cutting-edge technology, proprietary credit models and sophisticated data analytics to create an attractive and convenient proposition to historically underserved small businesses, whilst also providing attractive risk-adjusted returns to investors.

Funding Circle institutional investors not only gain access to a granular, diversified, high yielding and short duration asset class that was previously held exclusively on bank balance sheets; they will also be making a real and measurable impact on local economies.

GCM Grosvenor invests on behalf of clients who seek allocations to alternative investments, such as private equity, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure. With approximately $50 billion in assets under management, we are one of the world’s largest and most diversified independent alternative asset management firms.

GCM Grosvenor is committed to responsible investment (RI) and to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across our alternative investment platform. We view ESG issues as key elements of investment return, volatility and risk mitigation, and believe the consideration of such issues is an important aspect of our fiduciary responsibility to our clients. We promote sustainable and responsible investing by incorporating key ESG considerations into our business management, investment analysis, due diligence and portfolio construction.

The Firm has RI policies in place and considers ESG issues in its investment process to the extent it believes such issues might be reasonably expected to have a material impact on investment performance. In connection with underlying fund investments, GCM Grosvenor’s investment due diligence typically includes a review of the Investment Manager’s RI policies and its implementation thereof, among other things. Furthermore, GCM Grosvenor periodically requests underlying managers to provide updated RI-related information.

Your Performance, Our Priority

To turn today’s reality into tomorrow’s returns, you need a partner who puts you first—with an immersive understanding of you, your goals, your potential. When you invest with us, your success is our passion. Our knowledge, your knowledge. An enduring partnership, upheld by deep responsibility.

As the primary investing area within Goldman Sachs, we deliver investment and advisory services for the world’s leading institutions, financial advisors and individuals, drawing from our deeply connected global network and tailored expert insights, across every region and market—overseeing more than $2 trillion in assets under supervision worldwide as of March 31, 2021.

ESG & Impact Investing

At Goldman Sachs Asset Management, we believe environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are important tools for identifying investment risk and capturing opportunity. Our investment teams across equities, fixed income, liquidity and alternatives may analyse ESG information in a manner consistent with their investment style and specific strategy guidelines. ESG factors may be utilised to set exclusions, drive tilts, or seek to select securities with strong ESG ratings. In addition, for our clients who want to benefit from and accelerate trends toward greater sustainability, we are committed to helping our clients deploy their capital in a manner that is impactful and financially sound.

We devote considerable resources to ESG and impact investing and have investment professionals who spend the majority of their time on ESG related research, portfolio management, stewardship, data, analytical tools, and risk management. These professionals are generally embedded within our investment and advisory teams. We have also made a substantial investment in a proprietary set of platforms to equip our portfolio managers with access to ESG information and portfolio construction techniques.

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP is an international law firm with one of the UK's largest pensions law teams. Our team advises trustees, employers and financial institutions on all areas of pensions law. This includes advice in relation to investments made by pension funds and, over the last few years, has increasingly seen us advising clients on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Working alongside our specialist corporate funds team, our Pensions Law Team has become increasingly involved in supporting clients in their implementation of responsible investing. This has included providing training for trustees on ESG issues, assisting with the drafting of statements of investment principles and responsible investment policies, and negotiating agreements and side letters with investment managers in relation to pooled funds. Our advice has been applied to both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, and in the latter environment, we have also been helping our clients consider how to engage with the scheme's membership to understand its views on ESG matters.

We have established an ESG Working Group within the team, which is specifically focused on driving the agenda on responsible investment for pension schemes and, more widely, that group is working with other parts of our law firm to help our clients respond to challenges relating to climate change, the circular economy and sustainability. 

Incorporated in 1857, Gresham House is an alternative asset manager providing funds, direct investments and tailored investment solutions including co-investment across a range of highly differentiated investment strategies which include strategic public and private equity, timber, renewable energy, housing and infrastructure. The highly experienced investment team is led by Chief Executive Tony Dalwood (ex-CEO of SVG Advisers (formerly Schroder Ventures (London) Limited).

Gresham House recently launched a new UK focused investment strategy that bridges the gap between investors’ investment goals and the need for longer-term investment into important, government supported UK sectors, namely housing and infrastructure, whilst aiming to deliver a positive ESG impact.

This investment approach provides investors with the ability to invest in social and infrastructure investment initiatives (the ‘building blocks’ for supporting UK economic activity) as well as renewable energy projects. The deal-by-deal co-investment structure will allow investors to increase their allocation to underlying community-based transactions or sections of specific interest so that they make a positive social impact whilst maintaining prudent financial control. One of the objectives is to “partner” with local authorities and local government pension schemes to fulfil both financial, social returns, and potentially to support local area objectives.

The strategy already has the backing of two Local Government Pension Schemes and is designed for institutional investors including local authority and corporate pension funds, endowments and family offices to fulfil both long-term financial and social returns whilst having a positive ESG impact.

Our strategy is part of a newly formed Long-Term Investment Solutions Platform, which was established to deploy long-term or ‘patient’ capital while providing an opportunity for co-investment.

GSDFuel is focused on designing and enabling impactful direct investments into Clean Energy companies worldwide. We are retained directly by private companies to design and deploy US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliant securities on their behalf.

The Founders we work with are focused on leading highly profitable companies guided by a common goal of protecting People, Profit, and Planet.

Our offerings provide many benefits over typical private investments, including:

  • Companies with real contracts/offtake agreements that need capital to start manufacturing customers’ orders.
  • Fast path to liquidity.
  • Defined dividend payments untethered from equity shareholder discretion.
  • Asset backing until first distribution (similar to organic insurance for private sale investors) provides downside risk protection.
  • Fixed total market supply.
  • Opportunity for share price movement based on simple supply and demand economics.
  • Higher governance and transparency requirements than required by the SEC.

In 2022 alone, we have over 15 Clean Energy companies structured as profit-sharing securities that form a substantial 'Profit with Purpose' relationship between issuers and investors.

We look forward to working with Pensions for Purpose members to share information about our clean energy projects.

Hambro Perks is an international investment firm focussed on innovation. We enable innovation by investing in breakthrough and growth technology companies. We are proud to be a multi-strategy investor as we believe in the value of broad perspectives. We operate dedicated and specialised teams focused on primary and secondary, early and late stage, debt and equity investments and across a number of high-growth technology markets. The companies we back are leaders in their fields and are changing the way we live and work. We have partnered with some of the fastest growing and most prominent companies in environment technology market. 

Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ: HLNE) is a leading private markets investment management firm providing innovative solutions to sophisticated investors around the world. Dedicated exclusively to private markets investing for 29 years, the firm currently employs more than 400 professionals operating in offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Hamilton Lane has long been focused on ESG, and has been formally issuing our ESG Questionnaire to fund managers since 2010. Our Responsible Investment Committee (RIC) was established in 2012, and each of our investment teams factor ESG considerations into their investment processes. We raised our first dedicated Impact Opportunities Fund in 2019 and intend to continue expanding that platform in the future.

At Hamilton Lane, we take seriously our goal of generating strong investment returns for our clients and their beneficiaries, while incorporating ESG and Sustainability principles into our investing practices. Our long-standing focus on ESG and sustainability has been reinvigorated in part because of the events of the past year, the growing importance such practices have for our clients, and our own genuine commitment to responsible investing. Together, Hamilton Lane, our clients and our investing partners can have a meaningful impact on safeguarding the futures of all those who depend on us.

Hamilton Lane has approximately $657 billion in assets under management and supervision, composed of approximately $76 billion in discretionary assets and approximately $581 billion in advisory assets, as of December 31, 2020.

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HSBC Asset Management invests on behalf of HSBC’s worldwide customer base including leading institutional investors. With a global network of offices in 25 countries and territories and 600+ investment professionals, we manage assets totalling some US$621bn (as at 31 March 2021).

A global leader in Responsible Investment we are fully committed to the integration of ESG within our investment process, as can be evidenced not least by our UNPRI Manager ESG integration Assessment rating of A+ in 2020, placing us in the top 10% of a peer group of 500+ asset managers. As well as membership of a raft of industry groups, including Climate Action 100+, IIGCC and CDP, we are supporters of the TPI and are signatories to the Montreal Pledge on carbon reporting.   

Importantly we can also cite a number of practical examples where we have integrated non-financial and specific climate/carbon/impact focussed investment restrictions within our client portfolios and funds i.e. across asset classes including core fixed income, equity and multi asset capabilities as well as more esoteric approaches e.g. facilitating the growth of Emerging market Green Bonds and most recently through the creation our Natural Capital Joint venture, HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management. 

Hymans Robertson is one of the UK’s leading independent pensions and financial services consultancies. We work alongside employers, trustees and financial services institutions, offering independent pensions, investments, benefits and risk consulting services, as well as data and technology solutions.  We operate as an independent partnership with over 1,000 people across four UK offices in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham.  We pride ourselves on our trusted relationships and our innovative, client focused approach. Our clients include some of the UK’s leading names and largest pension schemes, and we are recognised leaders in the field of public sector pensions.

At Hymans, we care about building better futures by delivering improved long-term outcomes for our clients and their stakeholders. We believe that investing responsibly isn’t just something we need to do, but something that can lead to better outcomes. Impact investing is a specific area where we believe there are exciting opportunities, not just to enhance financial outcomes, but to partner with others and engage savers on the issues they care about. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with others and improve long-term outcomes.

Insight Investment is a leading global investment manager focussing on risk-management solutions, including liability-driven investing (LDI) and currency risk management; a full spectrum fixed income capability; and a range of multi-asset and absolute return strategies.

Insight has been a long-term proponent of responsible investment as a founding signatory to the PRI in 2006 and a supporter of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and CDP initiatives since their founding in 2002. In 2016 Insight was given Tier 1 status by the Financial Reporting Council in recognition of "a good quality and transparent description of [their] approach to stewardship”. In 2020, Insight was awarded A+ ratings across most of the relevant categories in the PRI survey, a reflection of their ongoing commitment to integrating responsible investment practices across all aspects of their business.

For Insight, responsible investment is about value. They believe all risks, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, can affect the value of an investment. Their proprietary models continually evolve to help address the gaps in third-party ESG data. These models guide their engagement with companies and governments to better understand the ESG risks they face and how those risks are managed.

Insight also take a proactive role in ensuring the long-term sustainability and resilience of markets and have helped to drive change on significant regulatory and market issues to protect their clients’ long-term interests, as well as those of wider society.

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Invesco has been implementing environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies for over 30 years, and today deliver these through equities, fixed income, multi-asset, real estate, ETFs and bespoke solutions.

We’re committed to adopting and implementing ESG principles in a manner consistent with our fiduciary responsibilities to our clients. Whether it's industry advocacy, adherence to principles and practices, or by leading the charge in engagement, client needs sit at the heart of our ESG approach.  

Launching our first SRI product over 30 years ago, Invesco became a signatory of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment in 2013 – achieving A+ in Governance and Strategy for three consecutive years. We are also disclosers to the Carbon Disclosure Project and supporters of the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure.  Additionally, we recently joined three leading initiatives aimed at combating Climate change: Climate Action 100+, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and the World Economic Forum’s Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure working group.

Our ESG philosophy is centred around ESG integration, ESG engagement / active ownership (using our position as one of the largest investment managers globally to drive demonstratable change) and ESG collaboration (partnering with clients and industry innovators to develop new products and customized solutions).

Isio is a leading, independent UK provider of corporate, trustee and investment services. Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, from advising on investment strategies, assessing investment managers, to researching new ideas and products. 

We collaborate to ensure we are delivering advice with a high degree of integrity and to maximise our impact. Isio is a member of the UNPRI, TCFD, TNFD, ICSWG and a supporter to the Impact Investing Principles for Pensions. Isio has also led an ICSWG initiative to develop a list of ESG-related metrics that all investment managers should be able to produce at a minimum in order to improve transparency to investors, this list will be frequently updated to reflect the ever-changing ESG landscape and emerging regulatory requirements. 

We advise our clients throughout their ESG impact journeys, this includes providing ESG-related training, setting bespoke ESG beliefs, policies and targets, incorporating these into investment strategies and the assessments of investment managers, as well as providing ongoing monitoring and reporting. As part of impact reporting, we allocate an ESG rating to clients’ mandates and engage with investment managers to improve their ESG approach. We have developed a market map of sustainable/impact strategies across all asset classes to cover approaches for all clients, across the responsible investment spectrum.

J O Hambro is a UK-headquartered active asset management company with an investment performance-led mindset, bringing together market leading investment talent and giving it the intellectual freedom to deliver highly active, differentiated investment solutions to clients. J O Hambro manages £23.8bn of assets (as at 30 September 2022) across UK, European, Asian, Japanese, Global/International and Emerging Markets equities and multi-asset strategies.

Regnan is the thematic impact investment arm of J O Hambro Capital Management. Regnan was established in 1996 to investigate and address ESG-related related sources of risk and value for long-term shareholders in Australian companies. Building on that expertise, in 2020 Regnan became global and expanded its capabilities into the world of investing. Regnan’s investment capabilities were placed within J O Hambro to take advantage of its performance-led mindset that empowers through intellectual freedom to deliver highly active differentiated investment solutions to clients. Since 2020, Regnan has launched two strategies within the thematic and impact area.

As a global investment manager, our mission at J.P. Morgan Asset Management is to deliver long-term investment performance to help our clients achieve their financial objectives. As stewards of the financial assets entrusted to us by our clients, we provide investment insights that take into consideration factors impacting the value of our investments today and in the future, including sustainability.

Our approach to sustainable investing spans:

  • Integrating financially material ESG considerations in active investment processes.
  • An investor-led, research-driven approach to investment stewardship that defines and directs company- and industry-level engagements aligned to our clients’ portfolio objectives.
  • Producing sustainable investing research and insights on a range of thematic ESG issues, including climate change.
  • Developing proprietary ESG data tools, technology and insights to enhance investment capabilities and contribute to product innovation.
  • Working with our clients to build and implement sustainable investment solutions.
  • Developing proprietary, multi-dimensional research methods and analytics to support climate-aware investing, because climate factors represent the single largest source of risks and opportunities in the decades to come.

Our clients trust us to manage $2.5 trillion in assets to secure what matters most to the individuals, families, companies, and communities they serve. To make the most of retirements. To help protect endowments. To strengthen returns. To enjoy hard-earned success.

Established in 1985, Jupiter seeks to make a positive difference for our clients by putting them at the heart of our business. We help them achieve their long-term investment objectives after fees through high conviction, active management coupled with a deep heritage and culture in sustainability. At Jupiter, we prefer to go a step further and seek to form transparent, value-added partnerships with clients beyond investment.

Headquartered in London, Jupiter is an established asset manager with a growing presence in Europe, Asia, Latin America, USA and the Middle East offering a broad range of actively managed strategies including equities, fixed income, multi asset, multi-manager and absolute return. As at 30 June 2022, we managed £48.8 billion across a range of asset classes and vehicles which enable us to meet our clients’ needs.

ESG is a critical component of our investment philosophy. Our 275 investment professionals globally work together to generate best-in-class research, analysis, and industry insights. Each individual is responsible for identifying and sharing ESG risks and opportunities in their area of expertise and incorporating them into their investment processes. Our Co-Heads of Sustainable Investing and ESG work closely with our analysts to continue to advance our long-standing efforts to integrate ESG considerations into our research process and portfolio management capabilities across the business. Being integrated within our research teams allows them to work closely with our investment professionals and focus on ways in which we can optimally address our clients’ ESG-related needs.

Lazard is a signatory to, and a member of, several organisations that promote responsible investing and consideration of ESG issues. We are signatories to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the UK Stewardship Code, and Japan’s Stewardship Code. We are also members of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) Investors in Financial Reporting programme, the UK Women in Finance Charter, and Institutional Investors Group for Climate Change (IIGCC). In 2019, Lazard joined the advisory board of the Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose’s (CECP) Strategic Investor Initiative. In addition, one of our investment professionals serves on the PRI Fixed Income Advisory Committee.

Since 1848, Lazard has remained a trusted advisor to governments, financial institutions, public and private pension schemes, financial advisors, and individuals around the world. We operate from 22 cities across 16 countries and manage over £151 billion in assets globally. Our investment solutions span a wide range of global, regional, and country-specific strategies in listed equity, fixed income, and alternative investments delivered through traditional fundamental and active quantitative approaches.

LCP is among the largest independent investment advisory firms in the UK, advising on over £250bn of assets. We have over 130 investment professionals. LCP’s responsible investment and impact team has been active since 2011 when we ran our first Responsible Investment Survey. Since then we have supported clients such as charities, endowments and pension schemes in evaluating and putting in place impact strategies.

We help our clients with a broad spectrum of impact investment from setting investment policies which include explicit impact objectives to researching and implementing impact investment funds to meet their objectives.  Examples of client projects include:

  • bespoke market search to identify equity impact funds which align with a charity’s mission;
  • selection of a private equity global impact fund to meet the pension scheme trustees’ financial objectives and deliver measurable positive social and environmental impacts;
  • advice on a public equity global impact fund to offer to defined contribution pension scheme members on a self-select basis; and
  • research and selection of a private credit (microfinance) fund to deliver positive social benefits alongside a market rate of return.

Most recently our focus has been understanding the investment implications of putting in place a Net Zero target and advising clients on asset allocation and manager selection to meet that target.

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.4 trillion in total assets under management* of which a third is international. We also provide powerful asset origination capabilities. Together, these underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions: we are a leading international player in pension risk transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone. 

*At 9 March 2022

LGT Capital Partners Ltd is a leading alternative investment specialist that has had a strong focus on ESG for many years. Since 2003, many of our investment programs have had a responsible investment clause written into their governing documents. In 2008, we became an early signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and 2018, one of the firm’s managing partners, Tycho Sneyers, joined the board of directors of PRI.

LGT Capital Partners Ltd manages over US$ 70 billion for more than 550 institutional clients in 41 countries. Headquartered in Pfaeffikon (SZ), Switzerland, the firm has offices in New York, Dublin, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vaduz, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney.

The Liontrust Sustainable Investment team has a track record of more than 18 years of managing funds in this way and has a 14-strong team investing in equities and bonds.

Among the team’s key differentiators is the fact that all the sustainable elements are integrated within a single team. Every team member is responsible for all aspects of financial and ESG relating to an investment decision. This means the team engages with companies across a broad range of issues relating to stages in our process, including screening criteria, sustainable investment themes and company specific ESG issues.

The team has a five-strong external Advisory Committee to provide another layer of expertise in key areas of social and environmental impact.

The Sustainable team’s investment process is based on the belief that in a fast-changing world, the companies that will thrive will be those which improve people’s quality of life, make usage of increasingly scarce resources more efficient and help build a more stable, resilient and prosperous economy.

The team uses a thematic approach to identify the key structural growth trends that will shape the global economy of the future. They then seek to invest in well run companies whose products and operations capitalise on these transformative changes.

At Lombard Odier, we believe the economy is already transitioning towards a sustainable ‘CLIC’ model that is Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean. This transition is fundamentally re-shaping risk and return dynamics across all sectors and asset classes. Achieving the objectives outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require a monumental, concerted effort to transform business models across all sectors. This is likely to create unprecedented value and investment opportunity. It may also mean significant, and sudden, re-pricing of assets.

We believe it is our fiduciary duty to help clients benefit from these opportunities, while also navigating the risks. Our priority is to best meet clients’ long-term objectives while fostering the transition to a CLIC economy. This is why we embed sustainability at the very heart of our investment process.

We rely on robust, forward-looking, science-based analysis to assess how well companies are positioned in relation to material sustainability issues. We actively engage with them to inform our investment decision making and to encourage them to transition towards more sustainable business practices and models. We believe this is essential to protect and enhance the value of clients’ assets, accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy, and create positive economic, environmental and social outcomes. 

M&G Investments is a global asset manager with a long history investing and innovating across both public and private markets.

As an active manager we build solutions around what matters most to our clients whether it be investing for growth or income, to meet future liabilities, protect capital or invest responsibly.

We offer access to a broad range of capabilities that span both public and private assets including fixed income, equities, multi-asset, real estate, infrastructure and private equity.

We recognise that clients are increasingly looking to align their investments with their environmental and social values. This is why our investment decisions are underpinned by our commitment to investing responsibly.

Considering material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors is an integral part of our investment approach. Combining market-leading research with our own proprietary data, we believe this helps us make more informed investment decisions. We also pro-actively engage directly with the businesses we invest in to help drive positive change.

M&G has committed to reducing our own carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030 and to achieving carbon net-zero investment portfolios by 2050.

Man Group recognises that responsible investment is fundamental to our fiduciary duty to our clients and beneficiaries. Our broad range of strategies – including active management, systematic and quantitative strategies, private markets as well as investment and advisory services – provides evidence of the development in environmental, social and governance investment at Man Group. We believe each of our investment engines applies the best practices of responsible investment in the way that is most relevant to their fields of research – there is no ‘one size fits all’.  

Man Group is a proud signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. Man Group has developed a robust policy framework in order to empower investment managers to apply RI that is best-suited to their investment strategy. Broadly speaking, all funds at Man Group will fall into one of three categories: the base standard, RI-Integrated or RI-Dedicated. Additionally, Man Group’s quantitative expertise allows for better analytics and reporting around ESG factors and frameworks. Our proprietary ESG Analytics Tool collates quantifiable ESG data from third-party data providers in order to allow portfolio managers to accurately assess in-time portfolio ESG risk exposure.

Man Group is committed to raising the awareness of RI, not only within the firm, but also more widely across the industry: our educational podcast series, ‘Perspectives Towards a Sustainable future’ – hosted by our co-head of RI Jason Mitchell – explores topics about what we are doing today to build a more sustainable world tomorrow.

We believe sustainability drives financial value in today's markets and that ESG analysis is vital to understanding the true worth of our investments. That's why we put responsible investing at the heart of our business and culture, both as an asset manager and as a steward of our clients' capital.

In all asset classes, we’re committed to continuing to integrate ESG analysis alongside our fundamental research process, and we seek to create a positive impact by engaging with investee companies to mitigate ESG-related challenges and enhance ESG-related opportunities. We believe that identifying and assessing material sustainability issues help us protect and enhance the value of the assets we own or operate.

To us, being a good steward in the financial markets means focusing on the long term, prioritizing the sustainability of our investments and operations, and expanding the view of what matters beyond financial value.

We help steer industry-changing sustainability initiatives across the global capital markets. Through collaborating with industry peers, we amplify our impact by working with other investors to address ESG concerns among the companies, industries, and markets in our collective orbit of influence. 

Mayfair Capital is a specialist UK real estate investment manager providing a personalised service to deliver investors superior risk-adjusted returns.

Mayfair Capital is the UK arm of Swiss Life Asset Managers (SLAM), one of the largest real estate investment managers in Europe with approximately £84 billion of real estate assets under management (AUM) and administration. As part of Swiss Life Asset Managers, our investment scope has range, resource and is socially responsible.

Founded in 2002, Mayfair Capital is led by an experienced team with significant continuity of service and a deep understanding of UK markets. We have a proven track record investing across risk profiles, from core to opportunistic strategies in all property market sectors and geographies.

Mayfair Capital is authorised and regulated by the FCA as a full scope AIFM under AIFMD. We combine a highly personalised service with a knowledge advantage from being part of Europe’s largest real estate asset manager.

Montanaro is an independent investment boutique with an exclusive focus on quoted Small & MidCap.  We have the largest and most experienced specialist team in Europe dedicated exclusively to researching and investing in quoted Small & MidCap companies.  Our long-term “Quality Growth” investment approach is the hallmark of Montanaro.  As advocates of Sustainable Capitalism, we apply a holistic approach to company analysis.  Emphasis is placed on environmental, social and governance factors alongside fundamental attributes.  We work closely with our companies to encourage sustainable business practices, which we believe play an integral role in the creation of long-term shareholder value.      

The Montanaro Better World Fund invests in quoted Global Developed Small & MidCap companies that make a positive impact on the world.  Companies within the Fund provide products or services that are helping to solve some of the world’s major problems.  Investments are aligned to six themes that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  The Fund only invests in businesses with at least 50% of revenue attributable to these themes.  In addition, the wider operational footprint of investee companies is considered as part of a detailed research process, allowing Montanaro to assess a company’s “net” impact.  The Fund has been awarded a 5 Star rating by 3D Investing and the “Label ISR” from the French Finance Ministry. 

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Moorfield is a real estate investment manager that has been specialising in UK real estate investment on behalf of global institutions since 1996. We have a long history of investing in Traditional (Office, Retail and Industrial) real estate, as well as in Alternative and operational real estate (Residential, Student Accommodation and Senior Living).

Our focus is to deliver target financial returns for our investors whilst minimising risks and making a positive impact on our occupiers, employees and the communities in which we operate.

ESG objectives and considerations are built into every part of Moorfield’s business. We are both signatories to the Principles of Responsible Investment and members of GRESB. Our comprehensive ESG policy is interwoven across our fundraising, investment and asset management activities and we are committed to achieving operational net zero carbon by 2030.

Moorfield’s philosophy is that targeting positive and proactive ESG outcomes across our business is not only the right thing to do but it forms an important commercial objective across our businesses. Each investment we make is rigorously assessed against a number of ESG objectives before acquisition and these plans also include commitments around biodiversity, waste management, community engagement, occupier and employee wellbeing, and social outcomes.


Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) was established in June 1975, when Morgan Stanley Asset Management Inc. (later changing its name to Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Inc.) was established in New York. Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. became a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Group Inc. in 1980, and registered with the SEC under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 on January 29, 1981.

On March 1, 2021, Morgan Stanley completed its acquisition of Eaton Vance and Calvert became a wholly owned, independently managed subsidiary of Morgan Stanley and part of MSIM.

Calvert is a leader in the responsible investing arena and is headquartered in Washington, DC. Calvert was formed in 2016 and traces its roots to Calvert Investment Management (CIM), which was founded in 1976. The Calvert Funds are one of the largest and most diversified families of responsibly invested mutual funds, encompassing actively and passively managed strategies, U.S. and international equity strategies, fixed-income strategies, and asset allocation funds.

Calvert believes that most corporations deliver benefits to society, through their products and services, creation of jobs, payment of taxes, and the sum of their behaviours. As a responsible investor, Calvert seeks to invest in companies and other issuers that:

  • Provide positive leadership in the areas of their business operations and overall activities that are material to improving long-term shareholder value and societal outcomes.
  • Balance the needs of financial and nonfinancial stakeholders and demonstrate a commitment to the global commons as well as to the rights of individuals and communities.

At Natixis we distinguish between different kinds of ESG investing, but in all that we do we focus on activities that truly make a difference.

Natixis Investment Managers as a group has committed to responsible investment as defined by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI):

  • We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes (ESG Integration).
  • We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices (Active Ownership).

Natixis Investment Managers is a PRI signatory and all of our affiliates recognize these principles; most of our affiliates are also PRI signatories in their own right (covering 89% of AuM).

Because of the unique characteristics of our multi-affiliate model, affiliates implement ESG approaches to ESG Integration and active ownership that match their DNA. It's a model that offers active investment solutions from over 20 high-conviction investment managers, offering more than 200 strategies that cover liquid and illiquid strategies across private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt.

Many of our affiliates are also involved in 'outcome-oriented ESG investing' – achieving explicitly defined societal or investment goals based on high conviction ESG strategies.

Nephila Climate manages investments in weather-related risks to deliver market-rate returns that are uncorrelated to financial markets while helping to manage and price risks related to the Earth's changing climate. The core exposures in the strategy are US and Australia wind and solar power delivery, as well as drought protection for farmers in India, Brazil and China.  The climate team’s tenure, expertise and extensive analytical capabilities in climate markets uniquely position us to capture the global momentum behind sustainability efforts that are creating new demand for climate risk management and a rapidly expanding opportunity set. Today, the largest risk pillars in the strategy are renewable energy and agriculture insurance.

Insurance exists to remove and pool certain risk to enable capital and investment to flow into areas. The climate strategy is focused on sustainability-linked insurance, which can be described as anything enabling the transition to net-zero. Nephila has been a global leader in the business of weather and climate resilience risk transfer and is leaning into the opportunity this economic transition is creating. The climate strategy provides real world solutions to weather and climate-related risks, while operating in an asset class that is uncorrelated to other traditional and alternative investments.

Newton Investment Management is a London-based, global investment management firm, providing a focused range of investment strategies to public and private-sector DB and DC pension plans, corporations, charities, and, via BNY Mellon, individuals. We have particular expertise in absolute-return, income-focused, high-conviction and sustainable investing.

We use bottom-up security selection in the context of a thematic framework to manage strategies to help secure our clients’ futures. We integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) research into our security selection process across all investments. We believe that the long-term value of an investment is ultimately driven by the relationship between and among all stakeholders (e.g. directors, investors, customers, suppliers, employees, the environment, society and regulators), and that understanding the materiality of ESG issues improves our investment decision-making.

Our sustainable strategies build on this integrated process by targeting a dual outcome of investment returns and positive societal outcomes. Principles-based red lines prohibit investment in tobacco, companies that violate the UN Global Compact’s ten principles, and companies and governments that we deem incompatible with limiting global warming.

We aim to help our clients make a positive difference to people and the planet while delivering long-term investment returns. We do so through comprehensive integration of sustainability considerations into our investment strategies with all our strategies incorporating ESG factors.  We also offer dedicated strategies targeting opportunities arising from the world’s transition to a more sustainable model.

With our roots in Africa, we know that well-directed investment can transform lives for the better. For over a decade, we have been investing in economic development in Africa, mobilising finance to bring health and prosperity to some of the continent’s poorest communities. We also care deeply about preserving the natural world. As well as investing sustainably, we support initiatives to conserve wildlife.

As an active investor, we engage with companies and governments to encourage them to address sustainability and improve their ESG performance. We believe strongly in the power of engagement to effect positive change. We also aim to act sustainably in our engagement with clients, communities and other stakeholders — and in the way we inhabit our own environment.

“By investing sustainably, we aim to help people lead better lives in a better world.” – Hendrik du Toit, CEO Ninety One

Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, offers a comprehensive range of outcome-focused investment solutions designed to secure the long-term financial goals of institutional and individual investors. Nuveen has $1.2 trillion in assets under management as of 31 Mar 2022 and operations in 27 countries. Its investment specialists offer deep expertise across a comprehensive range of traditional and alternative investments through a wide array of vehicles and customized strategies.

Octopus is a group of innovative, entrepreneurial businesses investing in the people, ideas and industries that will help to change the world. We are experts in financial services and energy, and we’re also a certified B Corp, meaning we care as much about the impact of our investments as the returns they generate. Today we manage more than £12.4* billion on behalf of retail and institutional investors. Our energy supply business is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, reaching 3.1 million customers in just five years, and is the only supplier to be recommended by Which? four years in a row.

We are a specialist investor in real assets, private credit and high-growth small businesses. Of our total funds under management, £4.3* billion is on behalf of institutions. We offer institutional investors access to sterling-denominated investments in mainstream sectors of the economy. Our assets are long-term in nature, cash-yielding and are resilient to economic headwinds. The Octopus team is made up of over 125 investment professionals and we have almost two decades’ experience of operating in our chosen markets.

Octopus Energy, Octopus Giving, Octopus Investments, Octopus Moneycoach, Octopus Renewables, Octopus Real Estate, Octopus Ventures, Octopus Wealth and Seccl Technology are all part of Octopus Group.

*Includes undrawn commitments, funds under advisory mandates, funds monitored and the Octopus Cash service as of 31 December 2021

Pantheon is an experienced investor in global private markets, with 39 years’ experience spanning private equity, infrastructure & real assets and private debt markets. We employ approximately 360 staff,  over 100 of whom are investment professionals, and manage in excess of $58 billion* in assets under management from our offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Bogotá and Dublin.

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Partners Group is a leading global private markets investment manager with over USD 109 billion in assets under management and more than 1500 professionals across 20 offices worldwide.

Partners Group has a long-standing commitment to Responsible Investment, having been one of the first private markets asset managers to become a signatory of the UNPRI in 2008. Responsible Investment is also embedded within Partners Group’s core values, as written in the firm’s charter: “We manage assets with a long-term perspective to the benefit of individuals and societies worldwide. We aspire to be a role model in corporate responsibility and we continuously raise environmental, social and governance standards.”

Over the years, Partners Group has developed its own ESG Integration Methodology, which is applied to every investment opportunity and ensures material ESG factors are integrated throughout the investment cycle, from sourcing to diligence through to ownership, across all private markets asset classes.

PfP Capital is a fund management business established by Places for People. Its objective is to create a suite of residential funds, raising equity and investing in regeneration and rental property across all tenures including established PRS, Build to Rent, retirement and affordable homes. Leveraging Places for People Group’s expertise in placemaking, property management and measurable social value PfP Capital adds its own FCA-regulated fund management expertise to offer investors stable returns and ongoing value growth.

At its core, PfP Capital is a socially-conscious fund manager which provides institutional investors an opportunity to deploy capital into residential real estate in a responsible manner. This approach protects and enhances asset values and improves long term investment performance. The Group has an unrivalled tracked record of placemaking and makes long-term commitments to the communities it serves. The focus of the Group is to use commercial methods to deliver social outcomes while delivering stable returns over the long term.

As a result of Places for People Group’s not-for-dividend status, any financial surplus achieved is reinvested into its core business of creating sustainable places.

Pictet Asset Management is an independent asset manager, overseeing over GBP 147 billion* for our clients across a range of equity, fixed income, alternative and multi asset products. We provide specialist investment services through segregated accounts and investment funds to some of the world’s largest pension funds, financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, intermediaries and their clients. 

Our commitment to responsible investment

We are convinced that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations can help us make better long-term investment decisions for our clients. For decades, sustainability has been central to our way of thinking. Since the Pictet Group was founded in 1805, we have aimed to ensure the prosperity of our clients over the long term. In doing so, we have instinctively considered the interests of future generations. Pictet Asset Management believes in responsible capitalism and takes an enlarged view of the economy and its interactions with civil society and the natural environment.

Consistent with our fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of our clients and our adherence to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), we are committed to integrating material ESG criteria in our investment processes and ownership practices with a view to enhance returns and/or mitigate risks. We also aim to embed ESG in our risk management and reporting tools in order to maintain high standards of transparency and accountability.

*As at 30 September 2018 

PIMCO is one of the world’s premier fixed income investment managers. In the nearly 50 years since our launch in 1971 in Newport Beach, California, we have worked with millions of investors to pursue their objectives through shifting cycles and market conditions. PIMCO is committed to the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in our entire investment process, as well as developing innovative ESG solutions for clients. We manage a range of ESG-focused mutual funds and separate accounts founded on the belief that it’s possible to achieve both attractive financial returns and positive change. Within PIMCO’s dedicated ESG strategies, we focus on identifying and engaging with companies that have the ability and willingness to improve ESG-related business practices. We believe that successful engagement has the potential to lower credit risk, unlock value and influence change. As one of the world’s largest fixed income managers, we believe we are uniquely positioned to partner with bond issuers for the long term to help them achieve their climate and sustainability goals. Our goal is not just to find opportunities, but to create them by engaging with issuers.

As a purpose-led business, Pinsent Masons aspire to make business work better for people - this goes beyond legal expertise. We help our clients make responsible business central to their strategy, enabling them to achieve their goals and to do business the right way, for the right reasons.

Impact investing is a rapidly growing area of expertise for our international investment funds & asset management team. We work alongside a diverse range of clients (including fund sponsors, asset managers, development finance institutions, government agencies, not for profit organisations and investors) to structure, launch and invest in impact funds committed to making a positive social and environmental impact through their investments, without sacrificing returns.

Proterra Investment Partners is a leading alternative investment manager focused on investing in the global food and agriculture sectors. Proterra, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, US, has US$3.7 billion of regulatory assets under management and its leadership team has over fourteen years of experience working together.

Proterra Asia is the Asian arm of Proterra Investment Partners, managing US$1.7 billion of assets under the Food Strategy. The Proterra Asia team has been making private equity investments in the Asian food sector for over a decade and operates out of its offices in Singapore and Shanghai.

Proterra Asia’s investment approach capitalises on accelerating consumer demand that comes with growing urban populations and the emergence of a new generation of consumers looking for safe, high quality food products with attributes that meet their desires for health, nutrition, convenience, social impact, and sustainability. Proterra Asia’s investments support the elevation of standards in the Asian food sector, build food infrastructure across Asia, provide access to more sustainable sources of protein, create jobs, and positively impact local communities. Proterra’s investment philosophy directly supports six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

AUMs as at 30 September 2021

It has been over 25 years since Quantum Advisors first included a 'governance' filter when investing in companies. In 2015, we added additional emphasis on the other two factors (environment and social) and have built a proprietary framework to evaluate Indian companies on various ESG criteria. As a group, Quantum launched its maiden ESG Fund in 2019 based on its proprietary ESG scores.

As ESG trends have rapidly evolved, we have sought to emulate global best practices and hence have found ourselves ahead of the curve. Among the examples which highlight our active approach, we have been advocates for better disclosures from companies and were invited to be part of a government-led task force to contribute towards furthering sustainable finance in India. This includes leading the disclosure subgroup of the task force to strengthen ESG disclosures.

Our ESG research focus on the social dimension includes being the first and only WDI signatory in India which helped us to absorb best practices and engage with companies on such matters. Given the rush of tall emission reduction promises, we only relied on such pledges if they were presented with a credible plan like the science based targets initiative alignment. We have always engaged with companies to understand their ESG practices and nudged them to become better corporate citizens.  

Quietroom is a communications consultancy specialising in making important but unloved subjects like money and health more meaningful to more people.
We help asset managers shape the story of who they are, what they stand for, the value they bring and why their approach to responsible investment is unique.

We help pension schemes develop strategies to engage members in good times and bad, and then create communications that deliver those strategies. We bring their responsible investment credentials to life and help their members understand how their money’s invested - and why it matters.

The Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners group ('Quinbrook’) is a specialist investment manager focused on lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investment and operational asset management in the US, UK and Australia. Quinbrook was founded in 2015 by David Scaysbrook and Rory Quinlan, experienced power industry professionals and investment managers who have been working together for over 15 years. Quinbrook has completed multiple investments in both utility and distributed scale wind power, reserve power gas plants, and ‘smart grid’ projects in the US, UK and Australia.

Quinbrook’s value-add investment strategy targets higher returns from a combination of new asset development and construction, and operational improvement of assets. Quinbrook believes strongly in delivering tangible ESG outcomes such as job creation, economic stimulus, community benefit and environmental improvement, as well as clear and concise ESG reporting. Quinbrook recently announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for Gemini, believed to be (at the time) the world’s largest solar and battery storage project which is expected to:

  • Support over 2,500 jobs.
  • Help reduce carbon emissions from existing power generation sources by over 1.5 million tonnes per year.
  • Offer the capability to power the equivalent of over 400,000 homes in Nevada.
  • Bring over $450 million of financial stimulus to the Nevada economy.

RBC BlueBay Asset Management, part of RBC Global Asset Management (the asset management division of the Royal Bank of Canada), provides global investment management services and solutions to institutional and wholesale investors across EMEA & APAC.

Characterised by strong expertise in active equity investment and fixed income, and with $486 billion in assets under management globally, we have the scale and breadth of capabilities necessary to deliver outcomes tailored to meet investors’ objectives. This includes embedding ESG into all investment strategies and a strong commitment to service excellence.

In EMEA and APAC, our deep-rooted expertise and well defined and differentiated investment philosophy across equity sub-asset classes is designed to provide investors with optimal active investment strategies specific to the asset class opportunities. Our specialist fixed income investment platform – BlueBay – ensures investors are well positioned to benefit from global investment opportunities across all sub-asset classes, geographic regions, and alternative as well as traditional opportunity sets.

Record Currency Management is a leading currency asset manager. Though specialising in an underexplored asset class with respect to responsible investment, Record has pioneered research into ESG investment in currency, developing an emerging market ESG currency product back in 2018. Since, sustained research has developed further understanding and supported innovation in Impact products, as well as an ESG/Impact counterparty engagement process. We work collaboratively with clients and other researchers to broaden our understanding and contribute to the important debates occurring in a fast-developing, though nascent, market. In this vein, the firm branched out into the Impact bond space in 2019. Using Record’s own funds to invest in bonds from multilateral organisations aimed at supporting developments pertaining to the UN SDGs, Record hopes to assist with this development and achieve impact, as well as seizing an opportunity to gain experience in dealing, holding and reporting on impact bonds in order to obtain a competitive and trusted understanding of the market, which can underscore future Impact products for clients.

An ESG committee established at the beginning of 2020 assumes responsibility for the coordination of progress with respect to firm, product and industry level ESG/Impact developments. As part of this, sustainability officer positions were created to formally represent responsibility within the firm. From junior to board level, sustainable investment is a key focus as Record recognises both the financial and moral case for its centrality in decision-making, for the firm, clients and wider stakeholders.

Redington is a purpose-driven firm on a mission to help make 100 million people financially secure – for the benefit of people and planet. Sustainability plays a key role in helping us achieve this.

We believe there’s little point in securing income for retirement if the world is uninhabitable. Therefore, we’re committed to using our influence as an adviser to over £600bn of client assets, allocated across 150+ asset managers, as a force for good – creating positive change within the savings and investment industry and building a sustainable future for all.

To do this, we’re taking steps to integrate sustainability across our entire business, which involves:

  1. Working alongside our clients to help them articulate their sustainable investment beliefs, which will sit alongside their investment objectives, implemented through a practical framework that aids decision-making and raises clear calls to action;
  2. Aligning our default client advice with the goals of the Paris Agreement, achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest; and
  3. Seeking out attractive investment opportunities in climate solutions – helping our clients invest directly in the infrastructure needed to address the climate crisis.

Building a sustainable future won’t be easy. But through collaboration with our clients, asset managers, industry peers and policymakers, we believe we can make a real difference.

Resonance builds and manages impact investment funds which seek to focus investment capital even more strongly on investments which have a defined and intentional positive impact on specific social issues – from financing the assets local communities need to remain resilient, to building the property portfolios which social sector organisations need to deliver their impact, to direct lending to growing businesses which are using a “social enterprise” approach to deliver both robust profits and intentional solutions to social issues.

We have 15 years’ track record in UK focused impact investment across a wide range of sectors, including a series of award winning, institutional grade property funds, and a team of over 30 professionals based across the country giving us reach and insight in the regions in which we invest.

Our unique approach to property investment is allowing us to build institutional grade funds with diversified residential portfolios at scale across the country, accessing under-served markets, reducing risks, and generating an attractive blend of yield and capital appreciation, whilst creating long term benefit to the society into which pensioners will retire.

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River and Mercantile Group is a leading equities and infrastructure investment business that focuses on delivering investment growth to all our clients. Across the Group, we integrate ESG into our investment processes and practices, as well as work with our clients to help them understand the importance of including responsible and impact investments in their portfolios. Our ESG approach is driven by our firmwide ESG Committee which contains representatives from across the business, ensuring both our client considerations and the broader ESG backdrop are accounted for within our decision-making framework.

Our approach to ESG is embedded through Community, Environment and Stewardship, which we believe promotes a sustainable future that benefits all. Examples of these include recent charitable donations to support local communities impacted by COVID-19, both in the UK and US; implementation of a green-friendly working environment that reduces our carbon footprint; becoming signatories of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and subsequently achieving an A+ for our first report. As a firm we are aware that we have a duty that stretches beyond our core activities, and the ESG Committee works closely with our clients, colleagues and peers to ensure we continue to strive to display best in class practises across all levels of ESG engagement.

We are a thematic specialist and believe there’s a better way to invest in the future. Our ETFs provide investors with unprecedented access to the megatrends that are transforming our world in a way that’s accessible, transparent and purpose-built.

To us, thematic investing is about the future we want to live in. We believe that acute change to the way capital is currently being deployed is needed if we are to see support for the most meaningful and transformative growth stories of tomorrow.

Our strapline 'Future First ETFs' is an authentic reflection of our approach to investing, which seeks to take a long-term view on the world we want to live in the future, and invest accordingly in the thematic opportunities that we believe will help get us there. We believe we’re creating a new approach to investing; one that enables investors of all stripes to invest in the future whilst remaining on the right side of history.

RM Funds is an asset management company with a focus on alternative investments. With an emphasis on creating impact, especially within their private debt investments, they have developed a comprehensive impact scoring framework. RM utilise this framework within all their private lending to provide a scoring system that focuses on the loan’s Environmental & Social outcomes, the catalytic impact of the capital provided by RM and the impact that the loan makes to society. RM specialise in making loans to those businesses they define as operating in the 'missing middle'. These businesses typically have significant funding requirements but are below the minimum size for larger institutional lenders. RM defines these as loan sizes of sub £25m.

Robeco is a pure play asset manager founded in 1929 and headquartered in the Netherlands, Robeco has a presence in 15 countries worldwide and manages £148 billion in assets for institutional and individual investors. Through our fundamental, quantitative and sustainability research, Robeco offers investors a compelling range of active investment strategies and services, covering a spectrum of asset classes.

As a strong advocate of responsible investing, ESG factors have been integrated into Robeco’s investment processes for over 20 years.  Our in-house active ownership team uses voting rights and strategic engagement with companies in which we invest to maximise our sustainability impact. In 2018 we obtained an A+ score for all modules of our PRI Assessment and were the LAPF Impact Manager of 2017 and 2018. 

Russell Investments is a leading global multi-asset manager that delivers investment portfolios that combine advice, investments and implementation. Russell Investments stands with institutional investors, financial advisers and individuals working with their advisors — using the firm’s core capabilities that extend across capital market insights, manager research, asset allocation, portfolio implementation and factor exposures — to help each achieve their desired investment outcomes.

We believe that a sound awareness of environment, social and governance (ESG) factors and a robust process can help to deliver strong investment returns and meet objectives over the long term.  As our clients become more committed to reflecting their views on ESG issues in their investment portfolios, we have developed: decarbonisation strategies, systematic ESG scoring methodologies and flexible implementation systems to help our clients ‘meet their investment objectives. The firm has been a signatory to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment since 2009. In the PRI 2019 assessment we were awarded an A/A+ rating for our approach to responsible investing.

Sackers are the UK’s leading specialist law firm for pension scheme trustees, employers, corporate investors and providers.  Our finance and investment team has many years of experience advising on the legal aspects of pension fund investment and have been leading voices in the environmental, social and corporate governance(ESG) debate for a number of years.

Our lawyers are assisting pension fund trustees break new ground to develop and implement responsible investment practices. Our advice ranges from the conceptual (including fiduciary duties of trustees) to the practical such as manager terms to embed ESG approaches into pension fund portfolios. Our experts are involved in a number of industry groups and initiatives and are frequently called upon by industry colleagues and press to comment on the detail and impact of the latest proposals from the Government and working groups in this area.

Sarasin & Partners invests thematically and sustainably on behalf of a range of institutional, charity and discretionary clients. We believe investment has the power to grow and protect capital in a way that benefits society.

We take a global, long-term, thematic approach to investing – with responsible investment at its core. We identify powerful trends that will shape the investment landscape for years to come, and embed stewardship into our investment process. We believe that integrated ESG considerations, active ownership and impactful policy outreach improve financial outcomes and contribute responsibly to society. 

Our five megatrends drive our investment approach: Digitalisation, Automation, Ageing, Evolving Consumption and Climate Change. Our thematic investment approach is complemented by our focus on stewardship.

Schroders has been incorporating ESG considerations into its fundamental research and stock selection process for over 20 years. We published our first corporate governance policy in 1998, followed by our responsible investment policy in 2001. Since then, the information and tools available to us, our resources, the depth of our expertise and our approach to integrating responsible investment principles have evolved, but our commitment has remained the same: to be active owners of the companies in which we invest and to reflect ESG factors within our investment process.

As responsible investors and signatories to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) we consider the long-term risks and opportunities that will affect the resilience of the assets in which we invest. From choosing the right assets, to engaging with our investments, positive principles guide our actions. We believe this approach leads to better outcomes for clients and should be part of every investment process.

Sustainability is mission critical to us at Schroders, both as an investor and as a company, and lies at the heart of our purpose and stakeholder relationships.

Established in 2007, SilverStreet Capital is a UK-based investment advisor regulated by the FCA, managing agricultural strategies. Its objective is to seek attractive returns for investors while achieving a substantial positive social, environmental and climate impact.

SilverStreet benefits from:

  • Inflation-related return profile.
  • Accessing growth opportunities in faster growing economies.
  • Genuine diversification against all the main asset classes.
  • Award-winning team with a track record in impact investing.
  • The highest ESG and ethical standards.
  • Political risk insurance from the World Bank (MIGA) or US government (DFC).

SilverStreet’s agricultural expertise enables them to identify unique opportunities with attractive risk-return profiles and substantial positive impact. Investments are largely uncorrelated to the main global economic cycles and asset classes.

SilverStreet manages the largest African agricultural fund. Its main impact targets are to increase smallholder farmer incomes and reduce climate change risks. Many crop value chains have not yet been fully developed and this represents an exciting opportunity to invest to fill a key missing piece and enable the entire value chain. Such an investment creates an early-mover advantage for the business and a substantial multiplier effect for others across that entire value chain. Smallholder farmers can achieve higher incomes through access to better inputs or markets for higher value crops. Deforestation can be reduced by introducing smallholder farmers to conservation farming techniques and through the provision of improved inputs.

Our 45+ pensions lawyers are located in each of our four UK offices (London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester) and we have pensions and benefits specialists in 23 of our overseas offices. We are supported by experts across the firm (domestically and internationally) in financial services, tax, labour and employment, disputes and commercial law. 

Our clients include trustees and corporate sponsors of private sector defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes of all sizes. We are experts in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and have acted for almost half of the funds in the LGPS in England and Wales. We have also advised government bodies, non-departmental public bodies, investment managers, insurers, pension intermediaries and, with our Institutional Investors Practice Group colleagues, sovereign wealth funds. We have a broad perspective on pensions issues due to the diversity of our client base.

We are experts in supporting investment choices and the impact of environmental, social and governance factors, including climate change.

The directors of our professional trustee company, The Trustee Corporation Limited bring practical experience to the task of making investment choices and taking account of all material factors, including ESG factors.

Stafford Capital Partners (Stafford) is an independent private markets investment and advisory firm with USD 7.5bn in assets under management and advice for more than 170+ institutional clients worldwide.

Founded in 2000, Stafford has a global team of 80+ professionals and delivers sustainable returns to its clients through actively investing, managing and realising capital in the timberland, infrastructure, sustainable private equity and private credit sectors.

Stafford has been a UN PRI signatory since 2010 and has committed to the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative.

For four decades, State Street Global Advisors has served the world’s governments, institutions and financial advisors. With a rigorous, risk-aware approach built on research, analysis and market-tested experience, we build from a breadth of active and index strategies to create cost-effective solutions. As stewards, we help portfolio companies see that what is fair for people and sustainable for the planet can deliver long-term performance. And, as pioneers in index, ETF, and ESG investing, we are always inventing new ways to invest. As a result, we have become the world’s fourth-largest asset manager* with US $4.14 trillion under our care.

*Pensions & Investments Research Center, as of 31 December 2020

†This figure is presented as of 31 December 2021 and includes approximately $61.43 billion of assets with respect to SPDR products for which State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC (SSGA FD) acts solely as the marketing agent. SSGA FD and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

StepStone is a global private markets firm overseeing over US$255 billion of private capital allocations, including more than US$51 billion of assets under management. The Firm creates customized portfolios using a highly disciplined research-focused approach that prudently integrates fund investments, secondaries, and co-investments. StepStone offers customized private markets solutions to institutional clients using industry leading analytics and research capabilities, with a focus on providing highly responsive and collaborative client service. The Firm covers global private markets across multiple sectors and operates from 18 offices in 13 countries. 

StepStone believes that environmental concern, social responsibility, and balanced corporate governance can be significant factors in long term value creation. ESG considerations are a critical part of StepStone’s due diligence and are viewed as essential to properly mitigating and measuring risk. The Firm has a dedicated ESG committee and became an UNPRI signatory in 2013.

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.

Sustainable Growth Management ("SGM"), a Luxembourg-based private equity fund, was established in 2014 to fill the gap in private equity for mid-cap companies in sustainability.

  • SGM is qualified as an Article 9 Fund under Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and follows the UN Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • SGM invests in companies that offer products and services which aim to drive sustainable economic growth.
  • SGM provides growth capital for companies with proven technologies and products at an important stage of their life cycle.
  • A differentiated approach means SGM capital is often preferred as it is initially less dilutive for these companies and therefore more attractive than other traditional financings.
  • SGM focuses its investments on the water, energy efficiency, waste management, renewable energy sectors.

SGM is present in Europe, North America, the UK and Luxembourg - the main regions in which the team invests and operates. Recently, SGM has received two awards: Impact Fund of the Year, Innovation and Excellence Awards 2022 (CorporateLiveWire) and Best Impact Investment Fund (Benelux Enterprise Awards 2022).

Founded in 1937, T. Rowe Price is built on the enduring philosophy of our founder; meeting clients’ individual needs. For over 80 years and through changing investment and economic environments, the core principles that guide our business have remained the same. Today, T. Rowe Price is one of the largest investment firms in the world, managing £1.2 trillion for clients in 50 countries. 

As a global investment manager, we actively listen and anticipate developing strategies that respond to the needs of our clients to help them achieve their long-term financial goals. Each strategy is supported by our proprietary global research platform and experienced investment teams. Our analysts and portfolio managers work together across regions, sectors, and asset classes to identify investment opportunities others might miss. 

Environmental, Social and Governance factors are a key consideration in our investment approach and are fully integrated into our investment process. 

T. Rowe Price is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and has been a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2010. We have developed a suite of socially responsible and impact investing products to align with our clients’ values and create positive environmental or societal outcomes.

*Figures as at 30 September 2021

The Good Economy Partnership (TGE) is a social advisory firm dedicated to inclusive business and finance as drivers of inclusive and sustainable economic development. Established in 2015, TGE has rapidly established itself as a trusted advisor and thought leader working at the forefront of the converging areas of sustainable development, impact investing and mainstream finance, both in the UK and internationally. We work with clients that share our values and are committed to financial innovation as a driver of change in the Good Economy – ‘an economy that works for everyone’. 

 We offer a unique blend of strategy consulting, product development, research and impact measurement and management services that enable clients to develop new impact investment products or measure, manage and report on their impact. TGE’s diverse clients include large-scale asset managers, private equity investors, specialist social impact investors, development finance institutions, businesses, social enterprises, charities and government bodies.  As of June 2018, our clients manage over £1.5 billion in impact investing assets.

Tikehau Capital is a global alternative asset management group with €28.5bn AUM and has developed a wide range of expertise across four business lines:

  • Private debt
  • Real assets
  • Private equity
  • Capital markets strategies

Tikehau Capital is a founder-led team with a differentiated business model, a strong balance sheet, proprietary global deal flow and a track record of backing high quality companies and executives. The firm employs c.600 staff in 12 countries worldwide and invests its own shareholders’ equity in each strategy it manages for investors.

Tikehau Capital is committed to managing the long-term savings entrusted to it by investors all over the world in a sustainable, efficient and responsible manner. The aim of creating long-term value, the cornerstone of the Group’s strategy, leads the Tikehau Capital teams to provide financing and investment solutions that are tailored to the needs of companies, the lifeblood of the economy.

ESG factors are just as important as economic, financial and operational considerations in each strategy and fully integrated in our investment process. To move towards more virtuous models, Tikehau Capital has developed dedicated strategies and vehicles with a positive impact on climate change, healthcare, innovation and social inclusion. At the same time, we continue to work hand-in-hand with portfolio companies from a wide array of sectors committed to defining more sustainable roadmaps.

Triodos Investment Management is a globally recognised leader in impact investing – offering investable solutions to addressing today’s challenges. We connect a broad range of investors who want to make their money work for lasting, positive change with innovative entrepreneurs and sustainable businesses doing just that. In doing so, we serve as a catalyst in sectors that are key in the transition to a world that is fairer, more sustainable and humane.

With our highly professional investment teams, we have built up in-depth knowledge throughout our 25 years of impact investing in sectors such as Energy & Climate, Inclusive Finance, Sustainable Food & Agriculture, and Sustainable Real Estate. Besides the 500+ direct impact investments in these sectors, we invest in listed companies with an above-average environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. With investments in 50+ countries Triodos Investment Management truly is a global player.

Triodos Investment Management is wholly-owned subsidiary of Triodos Bank NV, one of the world’s leading sustainable banks.

For over 15 years, Triple Point has focused on investing responsibly and delivering a positive outcome for all parties. We believe that by investing fairly and responsibly for the long term, we can deliver both attractive financial returns and make a positive impact.

Our focus on leasing and lending to the public sector, NHS and charities for equipment including ambulances, baby monitors and electric streetsweepers has evolved to include renewable energy and supported social housing. We have also raised capital to provide equity funding for socially impactful growth businesses. We target four key areas: health, education, the environment and inequality.

Triple Point was a pioneer of Social Impact Investment Relief (‘SITR’) which led to the launch of our Impact EIS fund. This fund targets capital growth by investing in companies with a commercial proposition that make a measurable positive impact to society.

To date our renewable energy credentials include over £150m of investments in solar, hydro and anaerobic digestion projects, and in 2018 Triple Point was chosen by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy to manage their £320m investment programme to promote energy efficient heat networks.

Through our Social Housing Fund we invest in properties that house vulnerable adults. Last year we accommodated over 1,000 individuals in high quality housing, supporting them to live a fulfilling and independent life within their communities.

Turquoise is the UK’s longest established specialist in clean technology investments with a track record spanning over 20 years in capital raising, M&A and venture capital investing. Our team of highly experienced investment professionals is supported by a network of advisers with expertise across the climate technology landscape. The team has completed over 100 low carbon technology transactions as either equity investor and/or corporate finance adviser representing over £1.5bn of value.

Broadening the Definition of Value – the UBP Positive Impact platform

UBP is a Swiss family-owned business with CHF 134bn worth of assets under management and a firm belief that sustainable and responsible investment choices are beneficial for long-term returns.

That belief is manifested by UBP’s strong and evolving Responsible Investment Policy, and our Impact Investing platform is a clear example of the innovation arising from this approach.

There are relatively few listed equity funds investing solely in companies whose revenue streams come from activities that positively impact society and the environment. UBP’s platform places a strong emphasis on these objectives and we have developed a unique investment process, including bottom-up research and corporate engagement, to measure the impact generated.

Multi-lateral engagement furthers our efforts and UBP’s commitment is shown in various ways: as well as being signatories of the UNPRI since 2012 and members of Geneva Sustainable Finance, UBP is particularly proud to be a member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) “Investment Leaders Group”. We most recently contributed to a report on impact measurement, the goal being to achieve a meaningful, standardised set of industry-wide metrics to increase the comparability of funds from an extra-financial perspective. UBP is also a founding member of The Big Exchange, a mission-led, mobile-first financial services initiative that will offer affordable positive impact funds to retail investors.

Unigestion is an independent, specialist asset management company providing innovative, tailored solutions for investors worldwide. Since our founding in 1971, all our portfolios have been underpinned by a common investment DNA which has remained at the heart our investment approach across our three areas of expertise – equities, private equity, and multi asset & wealth management.

ESG principles are deeply rooted across all our investment lines, with 77% our assets covered by ESG considerations. We believe that investing in well-governed businesses with responsible practices can make a positive contribution to our clients’ portfolios over the long term.

We strive to be responsible stewards of our clients’ assets within a framework of strong governance and transparency. Effective stewardship benefits companies, investors and society as a whole. Our stewardship and engagement activity focuses on the ESG factors we believe will have the greatest impact for long-term investors and we take an active approach to our ownership of both public and private companies. Consistent with our commitment to being a responsible long-term investor and our duty to act in our clients’ best interests, Unigestion is a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) and the UK Stewardship Code. 

Van Lanschot Kempen Investment Management is a specialist investment manager - a strong player in its niche markets. We focus on a select group of strategies that place us among the top of our international league in Small-caps, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Dividend Equities, Fixed Income and Hedge Fund Solutions.

We are passionately committed to building long-term partnerships with our clients, based on transparency and trust. VLK Investment Management employees invest in strategies alongside clients, guaranteeing that their goals are also our goals.

Wellington Management is one of the largest independent investment management firms in the world, serving as a trusted adviser for institutions in over 60 countries. Our innovative investment solutions are built on the strength of rigorous, proprietary research and span nearly all sectors of the global securities markets.

As a private firm whose sole business is investment management, our long-term view and interests are aligned with those of our clients. And to better assess risks and opportunities in client portfolios, we have integrated the analysis of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors into our investment and risk-management processes firmwide. Our dedicated ESG team provides our investors with proprietary research and insight to support ESG considerations, incorporating analytics, company engagement, and in-depth portfolio reviews.

Wellington has entered into a collaborative initiative with the Woodwell Climate Research Center — the world’s leading independent climate research institute — to integrate climate science and asset management. Our new alliance will focus on creating quantitative models to help analyse and better understand how and where climate change may impact global capital markets. A broad range of projects are planned, including developing investor tools and innovative analytical methods seeking to improve climate risk assessment and investment outcomes.

WHEB Asset Management is a positive impact investor focused on the opportunities created by the transition to a low carbon and sustainable global economy. We seek to generate superior returns from global equities by investing in companies providing solutions to some of the most serious environmental and social challenges facing mankind over the coming decades. The business is focussed on a single global equity strategy, which has been developed over the long-term and tested across market cycles. Our corporate mission in support of this aim is to “advance sustainability and create prosperity through positive impact investments”. We believe a focus on positive impact is an attractive source of investment return for the genuinely long term and fundamental investor. We are an owner managed partnership that is incentivised to take long-term decisions and put our client’s interests first.

XPS Pensions Group is a leading UK pensions consultancy. We believe ESG and climate change considerations are an integral component of investment decision making and that good stewardship should not be seen as an “optional extra” for investors. Further we believe that taking a long term approach to investment goes hand in hand with taking a sustainable approach and that good quality investment strategy and investment management will represent sustainable investment. We recognise pension schemes and the industry as a whole are on a journey, and we are therefore focussed on providing trustees with education and a practical framework to implement their investment beliefs in relation responsible, sustainable and impact investing, whilst continuously evolving along with the industry.

Our research framework provides trustees with transparency on their underlying managers’ approach to ESG, climate change and stewardship along with the platform to choose managers that are more aligned to their investment beliefs. As impact investing gains momentum, we want to be at forefront of helping our clients achieve their financial goals alongside contributing to a positive future.