ESG Research and publications
Responsible investing (RI) has evolved into a powerful way to make effective investment decisions. It can deliver sustainable, long term value for clients and create a positive impact on society using insights gleaned from environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. Investors increasingly want to understand how a company is creating value, demanding details of how an organisation’s activities are impacting the wider world.
In the past, investors were concerned about aspects of a company or sector with the focus almost exclusively on public equity-oriented strategies, generally described as negative screening or ethical funds. This also created the perception that financial returns were limited. However, RI strategies have now grown both in number and sophistication. Through integrated and innovative fund management techniques, RI is opening up a new world of opportunities. These will continue to improve as tools and measurement criteria evolve further, helping asset managers to more effectively mitigate risk and therefore potentially enhance financial returns.
At AXA Investment Managers we have created a series of insights to help investors better understand the opportunities presented by RI. We have segmented our approach into two sections: prosperity for people and prosperity for the planet.
Find out why we believe RI provides a compelling investment opportunity and the different approaches available for investors.
These articles examine the impact that investing in areas such as health, governance, human capital and diversity can have on creating positive societal change.
A lifetime of gender inequality: What investors can do
Investors’ focus on diversity has principally centred on female representation in the board room. But in this research paper we study the dynamics of gender inequality throughout a woman’s entire wor ...
Mind the gap: Digging into the diversity data challenge
The world has never had access to more information. But it seems the more data we have, the clearer the gaps get.
Why it’s time to stop thinking of gender diversity as a zero-sum game
Anne Tolmunen, Portfolio manager, AXA IM Framlington Equities, Kathryn McDonald Head of Sustainable Investing, AXA IM Rosenberg Equities and Marie Fromaget, Human Capital and Diversity Analyst, AXA I ...
These articles examine the impact that investing in areas such as responsible nutrition, biodiversity preservation and renewable energy can have on creating positive environmental change.
Carbon reduction: Moving away from carbon footprint towards carbon footpath
As concerns surrounding climate change continue to intensify, equity investors increasingly need to understand how this could impact their investment portfolios. In addition to obvious financial conc ...
Coal phase out: The investment case
Coal has no meaningful role to play when it comes achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Right now, it remains an important part of the energy mix, fuelling base-load power stations across ...
COP24: are today’s climate change efforts enough to achieve our 2030 green target?
COP24 highlights that escalating climate risk can only be addressed by substantially greater efforts and rapid collective action.