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 & 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.
08 November 2019
Just Transition: Managing the social impact of a low-carbon transition
‘Just transition’ is the name given to an emerging concept taking into account the social impact on these workers and communities of transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
05 November 2019
The Lagarde effect: Identifying true gender diversity in business
Europe is witnessing something of a watershed moment – and it’s nothing to do with Brexit. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and German politician Ursula von der Leyen are re ...
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 ...
13 November 2019
Carbon reduction: Moving away from carbon footprint towards carbon footpath
As concerns surrounding climate change continue to intensify, equity investors increasingly need to understand how this could impact their investment portfolios. In addition to obvious financial conc ...
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.
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.