Our Seven Responsible Investment Principles

Seven key principles emphasise the measures we take to integrate ESG into our investment process, for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

  • 1. We incorporate ESG factors into the investment analysis and decision-making processes

    We consider ESG aspects that are often out-of-scope of traditional financial analysis, but can have a significant impact on long-term performance.

  • 2. We make active and considered use of our voting rights

    Voting at shareholder meetings is one of the best ways to let our voice be heard and promote our policy standards. By voting, we encourage companies in which we invest to comply not only with local legal requirements, but also with international governance standards.

  • 3. We initiate dialogue to address ESG issues and encourage positive change

    We use our influence to encourage companies to adopt appropriate ESG practices. Thereby, internationally accepted standards provide a starting point for our dialogue and engagement with companies.

  • 4. We advocate policy and legislation that support sustainability and shareholder rights

    We engage with policymakers to develop sustainable government policies and a more sustainable global financial system. We often work with other investors, as this can be more effective.

  • 5. We may use investment restrictions as a last resort

    We aim to include, not exclude, entities for investment consideration. However, we may use restrictions to set a minimum standard, in recognition of law and/or international consensus.

  • 6. We identify and consider sustainable investment opportunities

    Climate change, resource scarcity and demographic change are global sustainability challenges that we, and our customers, care about. We consider investment opportunities that offer solutions to those challenges whilst meeting our investment criteria.

  • 7. We are transparent on our RI activities

    Public disclosure of progress is important to the credibility of an organisation. Thereby, stakeholders can better understand how we are managing relevant ESG and sustainability issues. Transparency is also an important driver for continuous improvement.