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.
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 with long-term sustainability.
Investment managers who consider traditional risks together with sustainability, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can allocate capital more effectively 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. Our Research Team incorporates ESG factors into our investment analysis across all asset classes, strengthened using Sustainalytics, a global leader in ESG research and risk metrics. Stewardship, voting, and active engagement are key tenets of upholding our fiduciary responsibility of being custodians of our clients’ assets.
We live in society, not off it
Our commitment to sustainability recognises the interconnected nature of our business, the economy, the environment, and society. ESG integration and deepening our approach to sustainability will remain a key investment priority for Investec W&I.
Sustainability is core to our fundamental investment approach by integrating ESG considerations into our investment decision-making and broader investment process, as well as actively engaging with the businesses that we invest in on behalf of our clients. A key focus for equity selection is identifying companies that sustainably generate returns above their cost of capital and are trading at fair to cheap prices. Companies that do not incorporate sustainability or appropriately consider all relevant stakeholders are unlikely to sustainably generate returns above their cost of capital. As signatories of the United Nations PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), our commitment to sustainability recognises the interconnected nature of our business, the economy, the environment and society.
At Investec Investment Management we resolve to:
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
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