Responsibility. We conduct our business with the highest standards of integrity.

Our Commitment

 

Our responsibility is to pursue the highest standards of behaviour, both corporate and individual, which underpin our reputation and maintain the trust and loyalty of our clients and stakeholders.

Robyn Grew Chief Administrative Officer, Man Group

 

Our People

We aim to create an environment that enables our staff to reach their full potential. We seek to build a workplace that guarantees fairness and equal opportunities, while developing and retaining talent through continuing education and constructive feedback loops, flexible working policies and a comprehensive benefits scheme.

Our Community

As a firm, we are conscious of the impact of our organisation on the broader community, and have taken steps to ensure we are contributing positively to those around us. We achieve this primarily through our work with The Man Charitable Trust and our sponsorship of The Man Booker Prizes.

Our Environment

We look to take all practical methods to reduce energy consumption at our offices around the world. We monitor our environmental impact closely using Carbon 2018, a consultancy which helps us to identify areas for improvement.

Our Governance and Risk Management

We recognise the importance of robust corporate governance practices that help to ensure effective oversight and strong accountability. With our scale we are well positioned to seek to implement these behaviours across our investment engines.

Our Market Place

We believe in the importance of promoting integrity and transparency within the investment management sector. We actively support our industry in developing and committing to standards in this regard. In 2008 we were a founding signatory of the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB).

Responsible Investing

 

We strive to meet the evolving needs of our clients and the changing regulatory environment. Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) criteria are a key part of our stewardship responsibility, and are committed to furthering the interests of our clients in this area.

Each portfolio manager benefits from the support and resources needed to integrate ESG factors into the investment process as it becomes relevant.

Our sophisticated, firm-wide technology platform allows us to approach ESG from a systematic, fundamental or negative screening perspective. The services of external ESG specialists, as well as research produced by our in-house analysts, ensure that portfolio managers are well positioned to consider and capitalise on ESG factors in their investment decisions.

Engagement

Our discretionary portfolio managers actively engage with the executives and senior management of portfolio companies. Not only does this allow us to help shape their future in a responsible manner, but it also supports our broader goal of moving our investment portfolios towards higher ESG standards.

Proxy Voting

Our proxy voting practices are designed to ensure that regulatory requirements are adhered to and votes cast in the best interest of our clients. To assist with our proxy voting responsibilities, we have appointed Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) to provide analysis, research, and voting recommendations.

We generally vote in accordance with ISS proxy voting guidelines that support current management initiatives and increase shareholder value. However, we may not support current management initiatives that are not in the best interests of our clients.

Collaborative Organisations

Man GLG and Man Numeric are each proud signatories of United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), a network of international investors working together to put the six principles for responsible investment into practice. The PRI is a voluntary framework designed to encourage sustainable investing by incorporating ESG issues into investment decision-making and ownership practices and better align their objectives with those of the community.

 

The Hedge Fund Standards were drawn up in 2007 to address key issues relating to the hedge fund industry and best practice, covering the areas of disclosure, valuation, risk management, fund governance and shareholder conduct. Man Group is a founding signatory of the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) which was fully established in 2008 as a guardian to the Standards with the goal of creating a framework for promoting integrity, transparency and good governance in the industry.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Man Group, we fundamentally believe in the importance of a diverse and meritocratic workplace. Our success is founded on talent, commitment, diligence and teamwork. By celebrating diversity, we encourage original and collaborative thinking, helping us deliver the best solutions for our clients.

Luke Ellis CEO, Man Group

 

Our culture is underpinned by mutual respect for others and we are committed to ensuring a diverse workforce where discrimination of any individual on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or educational background is not acceptable. Below is a selection of our partnerships and programmes that help us attract and develop talent from more diverse backgrounds.

Apprenticeship Programme
SEO London

 

Achieving a better balance between male and female employees across the business is a key priority for Man Group. We remain committed to promoting gender diversity at all levels and our recruitment policy has the objective of securing 50% female representation on long lists of candidates, for senior roles. Our initiatives to support and encourage our female talent include:

Drive
Returner Programme
Female Mentoring Programme

Man Booker Prizes

Man Group sponsors two major literary prizes – The Man Booker Prize and The Man Booker International Prize. Sponsorship of the prizes underscores Man Group’s charitable focus on literacy and education as well as the firm’s commitment to excellence and creativity.

 

The Man Booker Prize

Launched in 1969, The Man Booker Prize aims to promote excellence in fiction by recognising the best full-length novel published in the English language each year. The Prize, which receives worldwide recognition, was expanded in 2014 to include entries from writers of all nationalities, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

2016 Winner

Paul Beatty won the 2016 Man Booker Prize with his novel The Sellout, becoming the first American to win the prize after the rules were changed in 2014 to admit US writers.

The Sellout is a searing satire on race relations in contemporary America. African-American narrator ‘Bonbon’, a resident of the run-down town of Dickens in Los Angeles county, is being tried in the Supreme Court for attempting to reinstitute slavery and segregation in the local high school as means of bringing about civic order. What follows is a retrospective of this whirlwind scheme, populated by cartoonish characters who serve to parody racial stereotypes.

Photo source: The Man Booker Prize, by Janie Airey

 

The Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded each year on the basis of a single book translated into English, and aims to encourage the publishing and reading of quality fiction in translation. The £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and the translator.

 

2016 Winner

The 2016 Man Booker International Prize was awarded to the novel The Vegetarian, written by Korean author Han Kang and translated by Deborah Smith.

The three-part novel follows the story of Yeong-hye, a dutiful Korean wife who, spurred on by a dream, decides one day to become a vegetarian.

This subversive act fractures her familial life and turns seemingly ordinary relationships into ones driven by violence, shame and desire.

Photo source: The Man Booker International Prize, by Janie Airey

 

Man Charitable Trust

The Man Charitable Trust (The Trust) is an independent UK registered charity, founded in 1978, which creates opportunities for positive change by giving grants to charitable organisations that promote literacy and numeracy in the UK.

Our aims and activities are two-fold: firstly to support organisations that raise levels of literacy and numeracy in the UK and secondly, to provide opportunities for Man Group UK employees to invest their time and expertise in charitable activities. We achieve this through the following four activities:

  • Providing grants via a two stage application process, or through negotiated partnerships with selected charities
  • Tracking success by measuring impact, carefully monitoring all grants to ensure progress against agreed objectives
  • Providing volunteering opportunities to Man Group UK employees via the Trust’s community volunteering programme, ManKind
  • Supporting Man Group UK employees fundraising activity and charitable donations via the Trust’s Sponsorship Matching and Give As You Earn schemes

The Trustees, drawn from across Man Group’s business, are Teun Johnston (Chairman), Colin Bettison, Lydia Bosworth, Antoine Forterre, Keith Haydon and Carol Ward.

How to apply and criteria for support

Registered charity no: 275386

 

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