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 30 June 2020
Building a sustainable future together – AllianzGI Sustainability Report 2019
This year, for the first time, we are reporting not only on our sustainable investment approach, but also on how sustainability informs the way we operate our business and engage with our stakeholders.
Explore the 2019 highlights now
Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Since they were launched in 2015, the UN SDGs have come to represent a global call to action for stakeholders from all countries to address the greatest challenges facing society.
We support the delivery of the SDGs both as an employer and as an active, engaged investor. By seeking the most promising allocation of capital, we contribute to various SDGs, both directly and indirectly.
SDGs that are in our DNA, which are inextricably linked to our purpose and material to our core business activities
We to several SDGs through our business operations, as an employer and through its corporate citizenship activities.
A growing number of our investment strategies target companies and activities that support and facilitate positive change towards achieving one or multiple SDGs.
Sustainable Investing at Allianz Global Investors
Our strategy is to provide a range of sustainable investing approaches that support clients in managing risk, addressing real-world problems and generating returns from these investments.
Our strategy offerings are based on our client’s preferred outcomes
Source: Allianz Global Investors, 2020. For illustrative purposes only. Allianz Global Investors supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
* Sustainable according to EU SFDR regulation
** AllianzGI achieved the highest possible “A+” score for five categories: Strategy & Governance, Listed Equity – Incorporation, Infrastructure Equity and, for the first time, Listed Equity – Active Ownership and Fixed Income – Corporate Non-Financial
Sustainable business operations
Beyond generating long-term financial returns for our clients, we strive to manage the potential impacts of our operations – both positive and negative – on society, local communities and the environment. We have a responsibility to lead by example, demonstrating the standards and commitment we expect of the companies we invest in.
Our key strengths
We look beyond pure economic gain and aim to develop strong, long-term partnerships with our clients to create value together.
Asset management is a people business that depends on talented individuals who can make sense of markets to generate strong performance for clients, and advise on client needs.
Compliance, risk management and data security are central to the integrity of our operations and systems; we uphold the highest standards to gain and keep trust in our fiduciary business
We welcome clients asking for more information about our own ESG practices as they seek a partner who leads by example.
As an active asset manager, we are a credible expert and provide knowledge on financial literacy by leveraging our skills to support younger generations.
We have launched a global partnership with The SeaCleaners, an entrepreneurial initiative to combat plastic in the oceans.
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