Responsible Investing and Sustainability at Investec Wealth & Investment
Responsible investing and Sustainability are becoming increasingly important considerations for investors and investment managers alike. This is due not only to changes in regulation but also to a new generation of investors who are conscious of the positive impact their investment can have beyond traditional metrics such as capital growth and income.
We have a responsibility to preserve and grow the wealth that is entrusted to us over the long term. As long-term investors, we acknowledge that as custodians of your wealth, we have the responsibility to invest and continue to invest in a way that promotes and aligns to long-term sustainability.
Investment managers who consider traditional risks together with sustainability and ESG issues can allocate capital more efficiently which can lead to improved returns. Further research shows that companies who incorporate sustainability as part of their overall strategy tend to maximize value for shareholders by having long term sustainable profitability.
Sustainability is core to our fundamental investment approach. At the heart of our decision-making is the objective of investing in companies that are able to deliver cost of capital beating returns on a sustainable basis in the long term, while retaining a commitment to all relevant stakeholders.
Our commitment to sustainability recognises the interconnected nature of our business, the economy, the environment, and society. We live in society, not off it.
As Sustainability is core to our fundamental investment approach, we have integrated ESG considerations into our investment decision making and broader investment process.
- publicly make our ESG framework available;
- report on the results and progress of our ESG processes and policy;
- continue to support long-term sustainability by integrating, engaging and reporting material ESG issues;
- continue to exercise our and our clients’ ownership rights responsibly.
Long-term investing requires an active and evolving approach, now more than ever. ESG integration and deepening our approach to sustainability will remain a key investment priority for Investec W&I.