With the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) around the corner, momentum is building for investors to plan for the transition to net zero emissions.
What will this mean for you? Take a look at our roadmap for your Journey to Net Zero here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all areas of our lives and highlights how globally interconnected we are. Encouragingly, the crisis has sharpened the focus of governments, companies and society on tackling the longer term threat of climate change. It has also increased awareness of the significance of ESG issues in general. Amid environmental and societal challenges, and incoming ESG regulations, how can investors build long-term resilience in their portfolios while benefiting from new investment opportunities?
We advise that investors define and develop specific ESG investment objectives and goals, based on their vision, mission and investment goals. Common investor objectives can include alpha generation, risk mitigation, adhering to ESG regulations or aligning the portfolio to the investor’s values. Investment principles can be developed based on these objectives, which will form the ESG investment strategy.
We built a transparent, multi-source data architecture to help investors better understand their ESG exposures, takeaction to achieve their investment goals and monitor results.
At State Street, our mission is to invest responsibly to enable economic prosperity and social progress. We believe that identifying and systematically incorporating material ESG issues is integral to our role as fiduciaries of our clients’ capital. As one of the world’s largest asset managers, we can partner with clients to achieve their ESG objectives through our global expertise in ESG research, investment strategy and data analytics, leveraging our top rated* ESG capabilities.
Through strong engagement, voting and thought leadership, we have seen companies respond to our calls to action to enhance diversity at the board level, strengthen board leadership and improve disclosure on their sustainability practices.
Further information on our stewardship approach can be found in our Annual Stewardship Report.
An Integrated Approach to ESG and Quality
In the past, environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations were often used as overlays in existing portfolios, i.e., as screening tools rather than as an integrated component of the investment process. The last decade has seen a shift by asset managers toward incorporating ESG concepts into their investment philosophies, with the aim of enhancing alpha generation and risk mitigation.
The returns on a portfolio of securities which exclude companies that do not meet the portfolio's specified ESG criteria may trail the returns on a portfolio of securities which include such companies. A portfolio's ESG criteria may result in the portfolio investing in industry sectors or securities which underperform the market as a whole.
Responsible-Factor (R Factor) scoring is designed by State Street to reflect certain ESG characteristics and does not represent investment performance. Results generated out of the scoring model is based on sustainability and corporate governance dimensions of a scored entity.
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