Stewardship and engagement

Our engagement to drive action and create meaningful impact.

What stewardship means to AXA IM

We see stewardship as the responsible allocation, management, and oversight of capital to create long-term value for our clients. Ultimately, our goal is to power a just and green transition to a more sustainable future.

Through our stewardship, as in all our business endeavours, we are guided by our purpose – to act for human progress by investing for what matters.

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As the bedrock of responsible investing, stewardship is set to remain a priority for AXA IM.

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Marco Morelli
Executive Chairman

How we act as a steward

We are not a passive partner for clients – we are an active owner of assets on their behalf. We act on our convictions and allocate capital, and this has the power to influence investee companies’ behaviours. 

Engagement and dialogue with companies and clients is crucial to influencing not only the Net Zero trajectory but also enabling the just and green transition to a sustainable future. 

But if we don’t see progress, we need to be brave and bold in our investment decisions and be ready to take action.

Our report

2021 Active Ownership and Stewardship Report

Our 2021 Active Ownership and Stewardship Report details our interactions with issuers over the year, alongside our vision for expanding that activity in the future. We see engagement and voting as a fundamental part of our fiduciary duty to clients as we seek to protect portfolios and help build sustainable economies for the decades to come.

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How we engage to enable a sustainable future

During 2021 we engaged with companies on ESG themes where we believe we can effect meaningful change and impact. Our main themes of dialogue included climate, biodiversity, ecosystem protection and human capital among others. We have also started to cover new sectors, with an engagement programme focused on listed real estate companies; and we reinforced our engagement with policymakers on sustainable finance matters. 

We are also committed to providing transparency on our engagement activities, rolling out an engagement report at fund level for all products classified as ‘article 9’ in 2021 under the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). 

Read more about how AXA IM responds to the SRD II requirements. 

Our engagement themes

Check out our case studies to know more about our engagements in 2021.

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Climate Change

Climate change is one of the central pillars of our engagement with companies.

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Biodiversity collapse

At AXA IM, we are committed to biodiversity protection. Throughout 2021, this commitment has been continually reaffirmed through a series of actions.

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Gender Diversity

We believe gender diversity is a key factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy and efficient working environment.

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Data privacy

Collection of personal data has fuelled the rapid growth of internet-based technology companies.

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Nutrition and Health

As an active, responsible and long-term investor, the issue of health is a crucial topic.

Our vision for 2022

In 2022, stewardship remains one of the top priorities on our Responsible Investing (RI) roadmap, with the following expected evolutions:   

  • Biodiversity loss is a systemic risk which requires action. We expect that the investment we made in Iceberg Datalab in 2021 will be instrumental in allowing us to assess the biodiversity footprint of investee companies and to identify the drivers of engagement, including the most significant pressures those companies have on biodiversity across their value chain.  
  • ‘Just and Green Transition’ is gaining more traction with companies and investors. So far, this theme has been absent from most companies’ climate strategies. We believe our participation in the coalition ‘Investors for a Just Transition’, set up by Finance for Tomorrow, will help us encourage companies in the energy and agrifood sectors to pay more attention to the theme.

We are continuing to reinforce the governance of our stewardship activities. We believe this is a key element to ensure their success and to create the desired impact. This includes:  

  • A new reinforced ‘three strikes and you’re out’ escalation policy for climate laggards. For concerned investee companies, we will actively engage over three years to push them to accelerate their climate journey, using escalation techniques as required. If the specific objective has not been reached after three years, we will divest. 
  • An increased commitment to transparency with enhancements to our engagement report at fund level expected during 2022, with the inclusion of qualitative information to complement the quantitative one.

Climate, biodiversity and social issues will remain key priorities for our engagement with companies, along with corporate governance, forming a key dimension of our RI strategy.

Our reports and policies

Through our engagement activities, we seek to use our influence as investors to encourage companies to mitigate environmental and social risks relevant to their sectors.

2021 Active Ownership and Stewardship report
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2020 Active Ownership and Stewardship report
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Our engagement policy
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Conflict of interest policy
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Corporate Governance & Voting Policy
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