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.
In the past two years, we have multiplied the assets we manage in sustainable investment strategies to EUR 165 billion. And, through collaboration, we work to ensure that material ESG risk considerations are top of mind for all our portfolio managers. Find out more in our latest Sustainability Report.
"While the coronavirus outbreak will likely weigh on the economic outlook for some time, we should draw hope from the unprecedented global solidarity shown during this crisis. A similar international effort will be critical in preventing global warming and facilitating the transition to a carbon-neutral economy."
In 2019, our engagement activities spanned 333 companies in 28 markets. In total, we conducted 448 engagements – up 31% on 2018 – and addressed climate and environmental risks with 82 companies. Read more in our latest Sustainability Report.
We started our sustainable investing journey 20 years ago and were early to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) in 2007. We believe that sustainable investing can generate positive performance not just for our clients, but for the community at large.
We aim to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors throughout our entire investment value chain to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. Given the diversity of investors’ objectives and requirements we provide sustainable investing processes with a broad range of approaches, adaptable to different levels of ESG incorporation and client preferences. These enhance our clients’ investment decisions while helping create benefits for society as a whole.
Sustainable investing is in our DNA
Data as at 31 December 2019, AuM as at 31 March 2020
Allianz Group has been 100% carbon-neutral since
2012. As part of this commitment, Allianz Global
Investors offsets its carbon emissions by retiring carbon
credits created via investments in sustainable forest
protection projects. The savings in emissions are
independently measured and certified once a year.
In an effort to encourage broader awareness of environmental sustainability, the US recently established a new Green Group to promote mindfulness through volunteerism and other initiatives that will reduce the firm’s environmental impact in the region.
In an effort to encourage broader awareness of environmental sustainability, the US recently established a new Green Group to promote mindfulness through volunteerism and other initiatives that will help reduce the firm’s environmental impact in the region.
Beyond our commitment to integrating ESG factors into all investment decisions and asset classes, AllianzGI also recognises the importance of preserving the natural environment in order to create a sustainable society for our future generation.