A detailed look at impact investing
Investing with impact
Impact investing is an exciting step in the evolution of responsible investing. Impact is a type of sustainable investing, a way of making investment decisions which aim to deliver positive financial returns and a benefit to society at the same time.
While responsible investing means integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, and excluding certain assets from portfolios, impact investing goes one step further. It covers a broad range of complex social and environmental objectives that aim to build a better future.
In simple terms, it’s about investing in prosperity for people and prosperity for the planet.
Being able to measure the benefits is critical – impact investing has clear, demonstrable objectives. At the same time the financial targets are not token, but aim to be competitive, market rate returns.
Discover how we deploy capital through private markets with the aim of having a positive environmental impact while potentially delivering financial returns
Green and Social
We believe the investment industry can help mitigate against climate change through the green and social bond market.
Using in-depth analysis of key ESG compliant metrics and performance indicators, discover our approach to impact investing in public and listed assets.
Our approach to impact investing
Investing with impact is an idea which has grown rapidly in recent years. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were established in 2015 to address key global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate and health, have played a vital role in driving the impact agenda. There has been widespread adoption of the SDGs by a wide range of stakeholders – governments, businesses, financial institutions and not-for-profits – as a framework to assess unmet societal needs.
There are 17 SDGs, with clearly defined objectives, as well as 169 underlying targets to be met by 2030.
The roots of impact investing have been in venture capital and private equity. But over recent years the concept has evolved to include the rapidly growing green bonds market. As this investment approach moves further into the mainstream, there has been considerable debate in the asset management industry around how impact can be truly achieved by investing in publicly-listed equities and corporate bonds.
Why AXA Investment Managers for impact investing?
We have strong credentials in this area, having launched our first societal impact mandate in 1998. Its goal was to tackle unemployment, by investing in listed small and mid-cap companies, to create sustainable jobs in France. We now manage a variety of impact strategies, ranging from private equity investments to green and social bonds and listed equities and bonds, which look to provide solutions relating to issues such as healthcare, climate change and biodiversity.
Through impact investing, we want to enhance long-term returns, and this is achieved through the allocation of capital to take advantage of sustainability-related opportunities within large addressable markets. Alongside this, we aim to drive impact by leveraging our investor rights, to influence companies through engagement.
10 June 2019
Financing brown to green: Guidelines for Transition Bonds
Financing the fight against climate change needs to shift up a gear and evolve. Since the introduction of green bonds, capital markets have made great strides in recent years to ensure that investmen ...
03 April 2018
How do the UN SDGs fit into the investment landscape?
What are the UN’s SDGs? Who is using them? How can they be implemented into an investment strategy?
03 April 2018
Impact investing: Case study - vaccines
We deep dive into the commercial and social success of a cholera vaccine and highlight that financial returns and positive impacts are not mutually exclusive.
Not for Retail distribution: This document is intended exclusively for Professional, Institutional, Qualified or Wholesale Clients / Investors only, as defined by applicable local laws and regulation. Circulation must be restricted accordingly.
This promotional communication does not constitute on the part of AXA Investment Managers a solicitation or investment, legal or tax advice. This material does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.
Due to its simplification, this document is partial and opinions, estimates and forecasts herein are subjective and subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee forecasts made will come to pass. Data, figures, declarations, analysis, predictions and other information in this document is provided based on our state of knowledge at the time of creation of this document. Whilst every care is taken, no representation or warranty (including liability towards third parties), express or implied, is made as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information contained herein. Reliance upon information in this material is at the sole discretion of the recipient. This material does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.
Issued in the UK by AXA Investment Managers UK Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. Registered in England and Wales No: 01431068. Registered Office: 7 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7NX.
In other jurisdictions, this document is issued by AXA Investment Managers SA’s affiliates in those countries.