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About the Leaders Universe

As a leading ‘search platform’ for institutional asset owners and from our close partnership with Pensions & Investments, Global Fund Search has unique access and insight into the work and preferences of institutional selection teams around the globe. The knowledge we accumulate ultimately makes us able to systematically identify the leading asset managers, e.g. within sustainable investing.

Sustainable investing is one of the major themes that we see among our investor-clients today, and it is a theme that is likely to play an important role in institutional investing for many years to come. Therefore, we dedicate this section of our platform to the leading asset managers and products that we, and our investor-network, see in this space.

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12-06-2024

ESG News Update June 2024

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12-06-2024

ESG News Update March 2024

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21-12-2023

ESG News Update December 2023

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29-09-2023

ESG News Update September 2023

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01-06-2023

ESG News Update July 2023

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20-03-2023

ESG News Update March 2023

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23-01-2023

ESG News Update January 2023

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12-12-2022

ESG News Update December 2022

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30-09-2022

ESG News update October 2022

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28-06-2022

ESG News Update June 2022

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08-04-2022

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23-02-2022

ESG News Update February 2022

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26-11-2021

ESG News Update November 2021

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03-09-2021

ESG News Update September 2021

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20-05-2021

ESG News Update May 2021

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05-03-2021

ESG News Update March 2021

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24-11-2020

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12-08-2020

ESG News Update August 2020

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02-06-2020

ESG News Update June 2020

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03-03-2020

ESG News Update March 2020

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White papers

Global Leaders Strategy Investment Letter: January 2024
Reflections on Stewardship
Irrational Behaviour, Rational Investing: How We Overcome Our Biases
2024 Long-Term Capital Markets Outlook -Orange Book
The Race for a Better EV battery
The Carbon Calculation Conundrum
Its a Wrap How Consumer Behavior Is Shaping the Future of Plastic Packaging
Pay Dirt Capitalizing on the Electrification of Landscaping
It's Always Sunny in Xian Chinas Solar Solution to Europe's Gas Problem
Parnassus Investments Revisiting Nuclear Energy Viewpoint
Biodiversity: The Neglected Existential Risk
Climate Market Assumptions in the Climate Cris
Tracking Net Zero Progress
Why India: Investing in the Indian Subcontinent
Why India: A Favourable Macro Enviroment
Why India: Home to High-Quality Companies
Rethinking Sustainable Investing Approaches: Fitting evaluation to the goals and scale of today
ESG in Action: Linde
A Fresh Look at Thematic Investing
Commited to Climate: Our Net Zero Roadmap
Learning from the Past, Looking into the Future
The $2.5 Trillion Window for Diversification and Opportunity
The Great Energy Transition
Mackenzie Greenbook 2023 Environmental Outlook
Tackling Climate Change in Emerging Markets
Approach to Sustainable Equities Investing: Sustainable Returns – Better Stocks for a Better World
Developed Market Sovereign Bonds: ESG Factors Under the Spotlight
ESG in Action: Volkswagen
ESG in Depth: A Framework for Assessing Natural Capital Risks and Opportunities in the Food Sector
Nature and Biodiversity Loss: How is it Relevant to Portfolios?
The Exponential Problems of Predicting the Future
Why CCS technologies are capturing investor attention
Responsible Investment Research Philosophy
A Circular Transition for Plastics
Nuclear Poised to Reverse Negative Perceptions
Energy Crisis Response: Repowering Europe
Jet Zero – How Investors can Get on Board for the Long-Haul of Aviation Decarbonisation
The Problem with ESG Scores
Why Does Stewardship Matter in Emerging Markets?
Avoiding the Perils and Pitfalls for High Impact Healthcare Investment
Is Europe Leading the Way in Sustainable Business?
Elevating The “G” in ESG
ESG in Action - Adidas
Climate Change is Everyone’s Business
Emerging Market Equities: Identifying the Key Long-Term Trend
Municipal Bonds and ESG: Natural Synergies, Growing Focus
Commentary on the "IEA" Net Zero Pathway
Corporate Engagement Spotlight: Ethical AI Practices
Moving Forward 2021 Sustainable Investing Perspectives
Opportunities and Challenges In a Net-Zero Carbon World - One Year On
The Game has Changed - The New Road to Net Zero
Investing in Cybersecurity
The International Energy Agency (IEA) Net Zero Pathway
Sustainable Aviation Fuel is Ready for Take-off
Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’?
Climate change, net zero and the employment myth
Sustainability isn't for free
Sustainable Cities
Responsible_Consumption and Production
Renewable Energy
Empowerment
The Rise of Micro mobility and Green Urban Spaces
The Materiality of The S In ESG
Take ESG Ratings With A Grain Of Salt
Climate Change Risk Management: There Is No Planet B
ESGenius: Getting ‘hydrogen ready’
Boosting Sea Legs
Two Decades of Sustainable Equity Investing
How Top-Down Governance Analysis Adds Value
ESG Scores as a Measure of Quality
The Waste Side Story - the other side of consumption
More than a decade of ESG integration
The Cost of ESG
Sustainable Perspectives
Healthy Returns - Sustainable Investing in the Health Care Sector
Sustainability – What to Look for in 2023?
Biodiversity: Latest Findings Show Companies Happy to Commit, Less Happy to Act
Equity Beat: Playing To Our Strengths
Equity Beat: Can Semi Stocks Keep Knocking Our SOX Off?
Equity Beat: Do Medicare (Dis)Advantage Challenges Create Opportunities in Managed Care Stocks?
Equity Beat: Is A Continuation Of The Market Rally A Bridge Too Far?
ESG, Shorthand, and Shortcuts

Spotlight

ESG philosophy

Over the last 30 years, we have built a comprehensive responsible investment approach consisting of three pillars:

  • ESG integration
    Incorporating financially material ESG factors into the investment decision-making process to help mitigate risk and potentially uncover opportunities.
  • Active ownership
    Addressing ESG issues by actively engaging with issuers and investee companies and exercising shareholder rights.
  • Solutions
    Providing focused responsible investment strategies including exclusions, best-in-class ESG, sustainability-themed and impact investments.

 Our research framework:

ESG factors are systematically integrated into our bottom-up research process for fixed income and equity issuers. We aim to develop our own holistic house view of issuers’ ESG profiles. By integrating ESG considerations with economic factors, and drawing from specialized ESG research sources, the research teams seek to identify financially material ESG factors and arrive at an independent, comprehensive view of the investment.

We seek to answer three key questions:

  • What are the potential economic impact of the ESG issue and its associated effect on the issuer’s long-term growth potential, profitability or creditworthiness?
  • Are ESG risks and opportunities accurately reflected in valuations?
  • Is engagement beneficial to generate long-term economic value?

We view ESG analysis as a risk management tool and a potential alpha source. By integrating ESG factors into the traditional financial analysis framework, we aim to identify financially material factors which could affect the issuer’s long-term growth potential, profitability, or creditworthiness, and to assess if they are appropriately priced.

Our ESG integration process focuses on managing financial risks and identifying opportunities by including additional information in investment analysis to help inform our decision making. ESG integration does not seek to make ethical judgements and imposes no ESG-related restrictions on the investment universe. It seeks to systematically uncover ESG risks and opportunities to ensure they are appropriately priced in the investment being considered.

For further details please download our Responsible Investment Report 2020 here.

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Sustainable products
  • Aegon Global Sustainable Equity
  • ABN AMRO Aegon Global Equity Impact
Reports, Documents & Media
White paper(s)
Solving the Puzzle: ESG Assessment in Sovereign Bond Portfolios
The Long Road to Sustainable Development Goals for Sovereigns
Innovation in Integrating ESG Considerations to a Sovereign Bond Allocation
Sustainability Alignment in Sovereign Portfolios
Opportunities and Challenges In a Net-Zero Carbon World - One Year On

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