At BNP Paribas Asset Management, our aim is to achieve long-term sustainable investment returns for our clients. This means that we integrate sustainable investment practices into the heart of what we do. We want the investments we make to be a driving force for change: for our clients, their beneficiaries and the world we live in.
Because investing means the world to us, we choose to:
• clearly articulate our approach to sustainability investment, with precise targets and commitments;
• focus on key sustainability issues: the energy transition, the environment, equality and inclusive growth;
• invest for the long term, engaging with companies and regulators to promote best practices;
• Promote awareness about the role ¬finance can play in achieving a sustainable world.
We know that we cannot achieve this alone. And we also know that sustainable investment is no longer an option, but a necessity. The greater number of investors that adopt this perspective, the faster positive change will happen.
In order to create a robust framework around our ESG philosophy, we launched our Global Sustainability Strategy (‘GSS’) in 2019. It details our approach to sustainable investment, setting clear objectives and commitments and focusses on three key sustainability themes: Energy transition, Environment and Equality (the ‘3Es’). It reinforces our commitment to invest for the long-term and to engage with companies and regulators in order to promote best practice, as well as raise awareness about the role that finance can play in achieving a sustainable world.
- Phil Dawes, Head of Sales (UK & Ireland)
- Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability
Key ESG Facts
Sustainability is at the heart of our business and our investment decisions. We are focused on achieving long-term sustainable returns for clients.
Long-standing commitment to sustainability: A 15-year plus history in sustainable investment, including ESG research and integration, stewardship and issuer engagement, and now a range of thematic and impact funds.
Global scope: We integrate ESG research and analysis across all strategies, asset classes and geographies.
Thought leader and advocate: We are a member of several advisory committees at international bodies such as the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). We were also a founding signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2006.
Dedicated team of ESG professionals: Our Sustainability Centre, a multi-disciplinary team of ESG professionals with financial, economic and legal expertise, supports our investment teams. In addition to ESG research and integration, they play a crucial role in measuring, tracking and reporting our impact and progress on sustainability.
Recognised ESG performance: We are ranked best-in-class (A+)* by the PRI for our approach to responsible investing and are recognised by the UK Financial Reporting Council for our approach to stewardship *Rank awarded in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
- Climate Impact
- Energy Transition
- Smart Food
- Global Environment
- Green Tigers
- Human Development Green Bond
Strengths in ESG
We have reinforced our commitment towards sustainable investment by launching our firm-wide Global Sustainability Strategy in 2019. This represents a step further in contributing to a sustainable future, in line with BNPP AM’s focus on delivering long-term sustainable investment returns for clients.
Our Global Sustainability Strategy outlines our sustainable investment roadmap with specific KPIs around energy transition, environmental sustainability and equality and inclusive growth. In particular, we have taken into consideration the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals in establishing our core objectives, targets and KPIs.
Future plans in ESG
We are committed to using the financial capital we manage on behalf of clients, as well as our human capital, to push towards a more sustainable future. This will benefit investment returns, clients, our employees and society at large. It is by working together that the financial community has the greatest opportunity to be a force for positive change – to be “future makers”