Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s leading active asset managers, announced today the appointment of Matt Christensen as Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing. In this role, he will accelerate the growth of Impact Investing as part of the company’s growing private markets platform; lead the continued integration of ESG factors across AllianzGI’s existing range of public markets products, including stewardship activities; and support the development of new SRI products.
We believe that in-depth, independent fundamental research is critical for creating sustainable outperformance. We use a global research platform that both informs our investment decisions and helps our clients understand the markets. Our commitment to research allows us to develop global insights while fostering independent thinking across asset classes.
Grassroots® Research¹ Grassroots® Research is unique to Allianz Global Investors. The Grassroots® Research division combines 10 in-house employees, a global network of over 300 independent, experienced journalists and field force researchers, and more than 50,000 industry contacts. We use this network to apply innovative market research and investigative journalism techniques to identify stock and sector trends before our competitors do.
ESG Research With environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues affecting almost every industry, the ability of a company to focus on ESG best practices can provide a competitive advantage and add to its potential for long-term success. We have a dedicated, specialized Global ESG team, established in 2000, that features 10 sector-based, globally focused analysts who provide our managers with a body of proprietary research to better inform their investment decisions.
1. Grassroots® Research is a division of Allianz Global Investors that commissions investigative research for asset-management professionals. Research data used to generate Grassroots® Research reports are received from reporters and Field Force investigators who work as independent, third-party research providers, supplying research that is paid for by commissions generated by trades executed on behalf of clients.
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