We actively invest for the long-term prosperity of our clients and to secure a sustainable future for the planet.
20+ years experience
We have built a powerful responsible investing (RI) capability over more than two decades. Today, dedicated specialists in our investment platforms influence how we invest across all asset classes.
At the heart of the business
Our active ownership specialists lead our stewardship and research functions, while other RI experts work directly with portfolio managers to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into strategies.
Responsible investing at a glance1
With the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) programme.
Putting responsible investing to work in our strategies.
of AUM** classified as Articles 8 & 9 under SFDR2.
Our first RI mandate was awarded in 1998 and helped to create sustainable jobs.
Our dedicated Impact range grows every year, delivering verifiable positive effects alongside financial returns.
We have led industry development of this new asset class which seeks to drive change in carbon-intensive businesses.
We exclude assets that fail to meet our baseline criteria for responsible investing.
We uncover risks and opportunities linked to ESG factors.
We use ESG analysis and scoring to shape and enhance our investment processes.
In select strategies, we seek to deliver direct, measurable and positive effects on society and/or the environment.
We engage with companies and sovereigns to promote sustainable decision making.
Investing in companies and projects that are leading the way to a more sustainable world not only helps us reach a net-zero economy by 2050 but can deliver more sustainable returns in the future. The vast majority of our assets under management integrate our ESG analysis and quantitative scores into the investment process, while applying our core exclusions policy. We believe this can deliver value for clients by identifying risks and opportunities linked to key sustainability trends in the global economy.
How to invest for the people and planet
Our sustainable investing strategies are at the forefront of responsible investing at AXA IM Core. The strategies here are designed to help clients target specific sustainability goals around issues such as climate change and inequality while continuing to adopt the reinforced approach to sustainability risks and good governance practices.Learn More
As part of this we may exclude issuers with the lowest ESG scores as well as those which do not follow what we consider good governance practices. We believe that this level of ESG integration can potentially reduce risk to help us achieve better risk-adjusted returns. We consider strategies classed as ESG Integrated to meet the requirements of Article 8 of the SFDR regulation. Within this group, strategies in the ESG Integrated+ category go a step further by targeting an ESG score higher than that of the benchmark or universe.
Alongside financial returns, these strategies target positive outcomes related to ESG criteria and/or to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Investment decisions are guided by both the financial and impact goals.
We consider strategies in the ACT range to meet the requirements of Article 9 of the SFDR regulation. Within this range are two categories:
- Sustainable strategies aim to embed ESG into the portfolio construction process, in an even more material and intentional manner. Every strategy in this group targets one or more specific sustainable objectives related to the ESG pillars (for example, carbon footprint) to further refine the investment universe.
- Listed Impact strategies incorporate the demands of the Sustainable category but will seek out businesses and projects that can potentially have an intentional, positive, measurable and sustainable impact on society and/or the environment. These strategies will also report against impact criteria aligned to specific UN SDGs.
This product categorisation framework applies to open funds in liquid asset classes. Specific approaches may apply for segregated accounts or Alternative strategies.
The reference to SFDR product categories is provided based on the basis of the European Directive (EU) 2019/2088 on the sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (“SFDR Regulation”) and state of knowledge as of 10 March 2021. As of today the SFDR-related regulatory technical standards are not yet finalised and enforced. The product categorisation shall be re-assessed once such regulatory technical standards are completed and may evolve.
As a leading financial services company, we strongly believe that responsible investing can deliver value for clients while making a positive impact on society and the environment.
We share the long-term vision of institutions who want to deliver those positive impacts – in order to help build sustainable, thriving economies for generations to come.
Our active ownership specialists conduct regular detailed research into a broad sweep of ESG themes and sustainability trends to better understand how markets are evolving and how economies will adapt to changing conditions.
Our Responsible Investment policy describing our vision and our capabilities towards responsible investment and how we integrate ESG factors into our investment platforms.
The SFDR rules – which come into effect this year – give asset managers like AXA IM a template for reporting how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are handled at both firm level and product level. That should give clients a simpler way to compare how asset managers are approaching major sustainability issues like climate change.
Our transparent, active ownership approach aims to benefit our clients both in the form of risk-adjusted returns in the medium-term, and by building a sustainable and prosperous economy over the long term.
The classification of the [Fund] under SFDR may be subject to adjustments and amendments, since SFDR has come into force recently only and certain aspects of SFDR may be subject to new and/or different interpretations than those existing at the date of this [Prospectus/PPM]. As part of the ongoing assessment and current process of classifying its financial products under SFDR, [the Manager] reserves the right, in accordance with and within the limits of applicable regulations and of the [Fund]’s [legal documentation], to amend the classification of the Fund from time to time to reflect changes in market practice, its own interpretations, SFDR-related laws or regulations or currently-applicable delegated regulations, communications from national or European authorities or court decisions clarifying SFDR interpretations. Investors are reminded that they should not base their investment decisions on the information presented under SFDR only.
The ESG data used in the investment process are based on ESG methodologies which rely in part on third party data, and in some cases are internally developed. They are subjective and may change over time. Despite several initiatives, the lack of harmonized definitions can make ESG criteria heterogeneous. As such, the different investment strategies that use ESG criteria and ESG reporting are difficult to compare with each other. Strategies that incorporate ESG criteria and those that incorporate sustainable development criteria may use ESG data that appear similar, but which should be distinguished because their calculation method may be different.