Insights on sustainable investing

Whether you want a deep dive into the most topical sustainability issues, or need a quick primer, our insights have it covered – all in one place.

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Our insights and research explore the evolving and emerging issues of sustainability. View our entire library – or choose an icon to view a selection of content on each highlighted topic.

Pragmatism is the watchword as we look forward to the topics that may shape sustainable investing in the new year.

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Prompted by a combination of global crises, high profile worker rights violations, and law changes, companies are in the spotlight to ensure workers are protected throughout the supply chain. What are the issues for investors?

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11/23/2023

The banking sector is exposed to the risks of climate change through its financial activities, far more than its operations, and has much to gain from opening up opportunities in the economic transition. As scrutiny around climate transition strategies rises, structured engagement has a pivotal role to play in assessing banks’ readiness to meet this challenge.

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11/12/2023

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference – COP 28 – starts in late November in Dubai. From heatwaves and health to the role of trade and climate change, find out what’s on the agenda.

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11/7/2023

View our investor guide to biodiversity to find out more.

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10/31/2023

While standard governance topics dominated voting, we see increasing relevance of environmental and social aspects. Read our four voting season takeaways.

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10/2/2023

The global shift toward sustainable energy has sparked a need for investments in energy transition assets. What types of assets and investment opportunities are available for institutional debt investors?

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8/30/2023

Learn how investments in enablers and beneficiaries of sustainable water storage solutions can offer attractive opportunities.

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7/28/2023

With rising investor awareness of the need to protect nature and biodiversity, engagement with companies is essential to scope the risks and opportunities.

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6/30/2023

Investors can play a big role in addressing some of the challenges the world faces. This extends beyond simply investing money in companies with the “best” sustainability credentials. The most impact may come from investing in those companies that have more work still to do.

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6/21/2023

Our experience of active engagement with companies tells us that efforts to increase female representation must be holistic rather than solely focused on leadership roles.

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5/2/2023

Say on Climate can be a helpful tool for investors. We explore the lessons learned, how it varies from “Say on Pay”, and share our viewpoint.

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2/16/2023

We are now in the 3rd year of the COVID-19 pandemic and are approaching a time of the year when health services will again face significant pressure. We explore ways investors could direct capital to products, services and solutions in the healthcare sector.

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11/14/2022

The hard-fought final COP 28 agreement exceeded our modest expectations but falls significantly short of what may be needed amid escalating climate risks.

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The banking sector is exposed to the risks of climate change through its financial activities, far more than its operations, and has much to gain from opening up opportunities in the economic transition. As scrutiny around climate transition strategies rises, structured engagement has a pivotal role to play in assessing banks’ readiness to meet this challenge.

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11/12/2023

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference – COP 28 – starts in late November in Dubai. From heatwaves and health to the role of trade and climate change, find out what’s on the agenda.

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11/7/2023

The global shift toward sustainable energy has sparked a need for investments in energy transition assets. What types of assets and investment opportunities are available for institutional debt investors?

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8/30/2023

What are Scope 3 emissions? In simple terms, they are the greenhouse gas emissions generated across a company’s value chain – both before and after its own operations. Though complex, measuring and managing Scope 3 emissions is – in our view – essential if net zero by 2050 is to be achieved.

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7/26/2023

Investing in companies that develop clean energy storage solutions can contribute to shape the energy transition and open investment opportunities.

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7/12/2023

While last year was transformative for renewable energy, fossil fuel subsidies and interest rate rises pose a threat to the future renewable energy mix.

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6/5/2023

That investors should care about climate risk seems like a statement of the obvious; acceptance of the potential dangers of climate change and the need to accelerate the green transition are now widely accepted among policy makers, financial market participants, and beyond.

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3/22/2023

Despite high profile ideological strategic setbacks, the closing of COP 27 has brought to the fore many significant positive implementation achievements.

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11/30/2022

Achieving Sustainability

What is the energy transition? The energy transition describes the passage from the world’s mainly still fossil fuel-based energy sector to a zero-carbon emission sector.

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12/6/2022

Commitment to sustainability has been tested this year against a backdrop of war, economic slowdown, and surging energy prices. Despite the difficulties, we believe these problems will ultimately serve to accelerate the energy transition and prompt investors to double down on opportunities for sustainable investing.

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11/7/2022

COP 27 (The UN Climate Change Conference) takes place in Egypt in November, providing a check-in on global progress towards net zero in a year dominated by economic and geopolitical pressures. There are reasons to be optimistic.

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11/2/2022

The energy crisis prompted by the war in Ukraine has led to a reappraisal of the energy transition and thrust two contentious sources of power – nuclear and gas – into the spotlight. Does their inclusion in the EU taxonomy of sustainable investments bring clarity to their future role in the energy mix?

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11/1/2022

View our investor guide to biodiversity to find out more.

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10/31/2023

With rising investor awareness of the need to protect nature and biodiversity, engagement with companies is essential to scope the risks and opportunities.

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6/30/2023

Learn how investments in enablers and beneficiaries of sustainable water storage solutions can offer attractive opportunities.

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7/28/2023

The statement “there is no net zero without nature” has become a rallying cry for greater action against deforestation, but what role can investors play?

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7/12/2023

Investing in companies that help turning food waste into a circular system can contribute to address food insecurity and open investment opportunities.

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6/5/2023

Dry weather patterns and historic low water levels showcase the urgency to ramp up investments in providers of water resiliency solutions.

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3/21/2023

To consider how investors should think about biodiversity, Allianz Global Investors partnered with Reuters Events on a whitepaper exploring the conservation crisis – and the value of a sustainable approach to investing.

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2/7/2023

Read Allianz Global Investor’s article on the problems posed by ageing water infrastructure.

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1/27/2023

We expect investors to intensify their focus on the water crisis by screening portfolios for water risks or identifying possible solutions providers.

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1/18/2023

With a race against time to save many of the world’s species from extinction, countries around the world agreed a plan at the recent COP 15 meeting to respond to the conservation crisis. But the agreement’s success depends on strong collaboration by all stakeholders, with a focus on aligning financial flows with global biodiversity targets and tackling climate change and biodiversity loss as two parts of the same crisis.

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1/4/2023

We expect biodiversity to be a major theme for investors in 2023, after the recent COP 27 formally acknowledged the link between the climate and biodiversity crises – as underscored by severe weather events this year. We hope that the upcoming COP 15 – a conference dedicated to biodiversity – will agree a global biodiversity framework for the coming decade that will live up to high expectations.

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12/2/2022

The traditional approach to increasing yields in agriculture relies on seeking incremental gains via refining existing processes and making more efficient use of capital; for instance, by way of improving fertilizers and pest control, or using bigger and better machinery.

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11/18/2022

The banking sector is exposed to the risks of climate change through its financial activities, far more than its operations, and has much to gain from opening up opportunities in the economic transition. As scrutiny around climate transition strategies rises, structured engagement has a pivotal role to play in assessing banks’ readiness to meet this challenge.

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11/12/2023

While standard governance topics dominated voting, we see increasing relevance of environmental and social aspects. Read our four voting season takeaways.

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10/2/2023

With rising investor awareness of the need to protect nature and biodiversity, engagement with companies is essential to scope the risks and opportunities.

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6/30/2023

Investors can play a big role in addressing some of the challenges the world faces. This extends beyond simply investing money in companies with the “best” sustainability credentials. The most impact may come from investing in those companies that have more work still to do.

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6/21/2023

Say on Climate can be a helpful tool for investors. We explore the lessons learned, how it varies from “Say on Pay”, and share our viewpoint.

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2/16/2023

Record numbers of shareholder resolutions in 2022 have once again demonstrated their important role in the shaping of sustainability and governance practices in the US. Allianz Global Investors recognises its role in the development by having a strong – and regularly evolving – voting policy aligned with themes it deems important.

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11/14/2022

Recent examples of German supervisory boards adding the role of lead independent director (LID) are useful role models for their peers. A LID can help strengthen trust and improve communication between boards and investors. Additionally, it should foster independent, transparent and well-communicated succession planning, which can be lacking among German companies.

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7/4/2022

Listed US technology companies often continue to be run by their founders, who also retain large or majority shareholdings. This situation can lead to questions over their compensation policies. Regardless of the type of ownership, concerns are exacerbated when boards fail to read the expectations of shareholders, evidenced by poor outcomes at shareholder meetings, and this requires active investors to engage directly with the board.

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11/25/2021

The best way for investors to ensure that oil majors become enablers of the global transition to net zero by 2050 could be through concerted engagement. The world must urgently expand its clean energy sources, and we believe divestment would do little to achieve this goal.

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10/29/2021

The race is on for companies to declare their commitment to achieving net-zero emissions, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. But given the various inconsistencies in how the phrase is understood, what does “net zero” really mean – and how should progress towards this goal be measured?

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9/20/2021

Prompted by a combination of global crises, high profile worker rights violations, and law changes, companies are in the spotlight to ensure workers are protected throughout the supply chain. What are the issues for investors?

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11/23/2023

Our experience of active engagement with companies tells us that efforts to increase female representation must be holistic rather than solely focused on leadership roles.

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5/2/2023

We are now in the 3rd year of the COVID-19 pandemic and are approaching a time of the year when health services will again face significant pressure. We explore ways investors could direct capital to products, services and solutions in the healthcare sector.

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11/14/2022

The war in Ukraine has highlighted that the current way of producing and consuming food is unsustainable. As the rising global population places greater demands on our food system, there is an urgent need to build a resilient and inclusive food ecosystem, meeting both planetary and social needs. Opportunities exist for investors across the value chain of global food production and distribution to help mitigate these risks.

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6/24/2022

Social issues have typically been overshadowed by other aspects of the sustainability story such as climate. That’s changing. The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on inequalities in access to basic essentials and life opportunities – and the solution calls for a new brand of capitalism.

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2/9/2022

Sustainability Now

Here you can find our blog for “snackable” takes on the sustainability topics of today and tomorrow. Take five minutes to get up-to-speed on regulation or find out what data means for the future of sustainable investing.

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Learn about the latest topics and strategies in sustainable investing – packaged into interactive, easy-to-digest learning modules.

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