Research and publications
Responsible investing (RI) has evolved into a powerful way to make effective investment decisions. It can deliver sustainable, long term value for clients and create a positive impact on society using insights gleaned from environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. Investors increasingly want to understand how a company is creating value, demanding details of how an organisation’s activities are impacting the wider world.
In the past, investors were concerned about aspects of a company or sector with the focus almost exclusively on public equity-oriented strategies, generally described as negative screening or ethical funds. This also created the perception that financial returns were limited. However, RI strategies have now grown both in number and sophistication. Through integrated and innovative fund management techniques, RI is opening up a new world of opportunities. These will continue to improve as tools and measurement criteria evolve further, helping asset managers to more effectively mitigate risk and therefore potentially enhance financial returns.
At AXA Investment Managers we have created a series of insights to help investors better understand the opportunities presented by RI. We have segmented our approach into two sections: prosperity for people and prosperity for the planet.
Find out why we believe RI provides a compelling investment opportunity and the different approaches available for investors.
Prosperity for people
Discover the impact that areas such as education, health, governance, human capital and diversity can have on driving positive societal change.
Prosperity for the planet
Discover the impact that areas such as responsible nutrition, biodiversity preservation and renewable energy can have on driving positive environmental change.
All our RI insights
Keep up-to-date and read our experts insights on the growing RI universe and what this could mean for investments.
01 July 2019
A lifetime of gender inequality: What investors can do
Investors’ focus on diversity has principally centred on female representation in the board room. But in this research paper we study the dynamics of gender inequality throughout a woman’s entire wor ...
20 March 2019
Mind the gap: Digging into the diversity data challenge
The world has never had access to more information. But it seems the more data we have, the clearer the gaps get.
08 March 2019
Why it’s time to stop thinking of gender diversity as a zero-sum game
Anne Tolmunen, Portfolio manager, AXA IM Framlington Equities, Kathryn McDonald Head of Sustainable Investing, AXA IM Rosenberg Equities and Marie Fromaget, Human Capital and Diversity Analyst, AXA I ...
11 September 2019
Biodiversity crisis: The role of investors in resolving species extinction - Part 2
AXA IM is set to start a biodiversity engagement programme with investee companies across several sectors, to better understand how such firms take this issue into account.
11 September 2019
Biodiversity crisis: The role of investors in resolving species extinction - Part 1
We assess how investors are impacted by the practices of investee companies – in terms of those which cause biodiversity loss and others which are harmed by it.
10 September 2019
Climate scenario analysis: Assessing the future for investments
Climate change scenario analysis seeks to understand the future impact of global warming. Our approach tests the alignment of investment portfolios to future global warming outcomes – essentia ...
Our approach and offering
ESG at AXA Investment Managers is developed using input from teams across the business and we maintain a three-tiered approach to responsible and impact investing: ESG embedded, ESG integrated and sustainable investing
Our framework and scoring methodology
ESG integration has seen rapid growth over the past few years, and this section looks at how we at AXA Investment Managers approach this change and our five-step approach to our scoring methodology.