Reflecting its importance, we don’t delegate our sustainability analysis to a separate team. It is the responsibility of our Research team to understand a company’s material sustainability risks and opportunities. The team does this through the consistent application of an investment process that has been tried and tested over decades.
When we research any company, we apply the same analytical framework. Our sustainability analysis is an integral part of this framework and is tailored to consider the material risks and opportunities relevant to each company.
This analysis covers four key areas:
What is the impact of a company’s activities on its wider environment and how does it approach its environmental obligations?
Human and Social Capital
How does a company approach its people, stakeholders, and wider society? How robust is its social license to operate?
Does a company adhere to appropriate standards of corporate governance and oversight? To what extent does management discharge its obligations to stakeholders in a fair and responsible manner?
Carbon Risk & Climate Change
What is the impact of a company’s activities on climate change? What is its exposure to the physical and financial risks of climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy?
Our response to climate change
Climate change is one of the most significant issues facing investors today, particularly for those of us with a long-term investment horizon. Reflecting this, and in line with our support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), this report outlines our approach to climate-related risks and opportunities across both our clients’ investments and our own operations.
Our most recent sustainability themed articles from our Research team with additional contributions from industry experts, academics and authors. Further articles can be found on our Insights page.
Green Hydrogen – Taking Another Look
Hydrogen has been tipped to play an important role in the global transition to renewable energy. Investment Manager Ashley-Jane Kyle takes another look at hydrogen and assesses recent developments from the perspective of two companies in the industry.10 minute read
In Conversation with Alan Lander & Tom Miedema
Following the publication of a series of articles and videos around the topic of decarbonisation earlier this year, the project’s chief architects address client questions, particularly around the viability of energy stocks as long-term investments and how we incorporate climate considerations within our analysis.13 minute watch
“We’re fiddling while the forests burn”
Focusing on rising temperature while ignoring our emptying natural habitats makes no sense. An approach that takes the hand of nature while forcing climate change to slow down is the best way forward, says Oliver Balch.15 minute read
The Journey to a Carbon-Neutral Economy
Today, carbon emissions must be a serious consideration for all investors, particularly those with a long-term perspective. Over the last 18 months, we have been focused on the strategies and technologies that will shape the transition to a lower-carbon economy. Here, we identify how we seek to put this recent work into practice and how it will enhance our analysis going forward.
The New E in ESG
The way companies approach employee wellbeing is a critical test of their culture. Can they come through the current crisis with a strong and more meaningful workplace culture – or will Covid-19 expose it as an empty gesture?8 minute read
Luxury We Can’t Afford?
When a global crisis hits, what does it mean for the likes of Chanel, Ferrari and Louis Vuitton? We find out how the luxury goods sector is faring as the Covid-19 pandemic turns the world upside down.11 minute read
Supply chains trapped as western retailers close their doors
Retailers’ adaption to the Covid-19 crisis is not only impacting their employees but, just as starkly, workers at the end of the supply chain.9 minute read
Standards at the end of the supply chain
Investment Managers Alan Lander and Des Armstrong travelled to Vietnam and Bangladesh to revisit apparel and footwear factories in South-East Asia.12 minute watch