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The sustainable investor for a changing world

Sustainable investing

At BNP Paribas Asset Management, our full range of investment strategies adopt a sustainable investment approach. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are central to the way we come up with investment ideas, create portfolios, control risk and use our influence with companies and markets to improve sustainability.

Why sustainable investing

Quite simply, it is worth it. Investing sustainably can be financially rewarding by, for example, steering clear of companies that are exposed to pollution lawsuits, labour unrest, shareholder disputes or other events that can damage their reputation and business performance.

Also, quite simply, it makes sense. In the long run, our planet is served better with low-carbon energy, environmental sustainability, and equality and inclusive growth. As an investor, you can help shape a better world by investing sustainably. 

Why us

Sustainability is at the heart of our business and our investment decisions. We are squarely focused on achieving long-term sustainable returns for our clients.

  • Long-term commitment to sustainability. a 15-year plus history in sustainable investment, including ESG research and integration, stewardship and issuer engagement, and now a range of thematic and impact funds
  • Recognised ESG performance. we are recognised in assessments and rankings by the likes of PRI, ShareAction, Broadridge, WWF, Majority Action and Influence Map
  • Thought leader and advocate. we are active in 40+ industry and engagement initiatives including the PRI1, IIGCC2 and TCFD3
  • Dedicated sustainability centre. a team of more than 25 ESG professionals with financial, economic and legal expertise supports our global investment teams
  • Global scope. we integrate ESG research and analysis across all strategies, asset classes and geographies

Our strategies

Our strategies across all asset classes and geographies reflect a sustainable investment approach. This means they integrate ESG factors; investor stewardship; responsible business conduct and product-based exclusions; and a focus on three thematic areas to promote a sustainable future: energy transition, environmental sustainability, equality and inclusive growth.

For investors that wish to invest with an even more explicit ESG angle, we also offer enhanced ESG and thematic and impact strategies as part of our Sustainable Plus suite.

To learn more, please contact us.

[1] PRI: Principles for Responsible Investment;

[2] IIGCC: Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change;

[3] TCFD: Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Trademark, copyright, & other intellectual property rights are & remain the property of their respective owners.

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