Responsible Investment at Man Group: Innovation. Rigour. Returns.

 

At Man Group, we recognise that Responsible Investment ('RI') is fundamental to our fiduciary duty to our clients and beneficiaries. We understand the importance of sound stewardship in managing investors’ capital, and our approach to RI ensures that our interests and values are closely aligned to those of our clients and shareholders.

As a proud signatory of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, Man Group views environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) analysis as a fundamental part of investment risk management.

 

Our approach

Man Group takes a diversified approach to Responsible Investment across its investment engines and recognises the importance of a responsible approach across all asset classes and investment strategies. Each of our investment engines applies the best practices of Responsible Investment in the way that is most relevant to their fields of research through a variety of different methods.

Stewardship

Enhancing our values and interests of our clients' assets through voting and active engagement

ESG Factors

Considering and/or applying ESG criteria in the investment decision-making process

Activities/Education

Participating, promoting and educating responsible investment within the investment community

Capabilities

Our sophisticated, firm-wide technology platform synthesises data from various external providers as well as internal proprietary ESG data, providing an ESG framework and tool which support investment decision making.

 

The RI Committee comprises of senior representatives from across Man Group and oversees the implementation of the firm’s RI Policy, ESG initiatives and Stewardship capabilities.

 

Man Group maintains a firm-wide RI Policy that outlines our recognition, commitment and support to develop and integrate RI practices across our investment engines.

 

Stewardship

As stewards of our clients’ capital, we owe it to them to actively and responsibly manage their entrusted resources to unlock long-term and sustained value.

Man Group fully supports the UK Stewardship Code, applying its seven principles across the firm’s investment strategies. Our Stewardship and Active Ownership team maintains the firm’s stewardship polices and framework that guide all our stewardship activities to uphold the highest standards in ESG.

Our approach to stewardship extends across three distinct dimensions:

 

Man Group’s Stewardship and Active Ownership team oversees all proxy voting activity at the firm level. We have developed an enhanced ESG proxy voting policy that goes beyond your typical policy by applying specific overlays that represent the core principle of good governance.

 

Man Group is an active advocate of Responsible Investment in the investment community, and we are proud to be involved with a number of organisations and iniatives, including:

 

Our discretionary portfolio managers actively engage with the executives and senior management of companies in their portfolios. Man Group encourages our discretionary investment teams to maintain constructive lines of dialogue with investee companies on pertinent economic, financial and non-financial ESG matters.

 

Responsible Investment Framework

The fund framework is designed to establish a baseline requirement of ESG standards, and to provide credibility, clarity and consistency in Man Group’s approach to RI across its range of funds. Broadly our funds fall under three categories, as below:

Man Group ESG Analytics Tool

 

The Man Group ESG Analytics Tool is a proprietary, dashboard-style tool enabling the firm’s investment teams to monitor non-financial risks and analyse Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors on both a single- stock basis and across portfolios.

 
 

Responsible Investment News and Perspectives

Read Man Group’s latest responsible investment insights and listen to our podcast A Sustainable Future Podcast.

 
A Guide for Building Back BetterA Guide for Building Back BetterListen | Jun 2020How will the pandemic recast the social contract? Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner, why a feminist critique of climate change and COVID-19 is necessary; how the pandemic amplifies inequities; and what needs to be done to ensure a fairer society.
Is ESG Just Warming Up?Is ESG Just Warming Up?Read | Feb 2020Whether ESG factors are truly ‘alpha’ factors equivalent to their Value, Momentum, Quality and Low Volatility counterparts remains a contentious issue. Still, the performance of ESG factors in 2019 delivered returns worthy of attention.
Will the Covid-19 Crisis Be the Making of ESG for Hedge Funds?Will the Covid-19 Crisis Be the Making of ESG for Hedge Funds?Read | Apr 2020Steven Desmyter writes, in Fundfire, about the key role that hedge funds will play in the growing world of ESG investment.
 

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Man Group’s Responsible Investment Brochure provides a holistic overview of how we approach and implement responsible investment across the firm. It outlines the policies and frameworks we have in place, how we integrate ESG at the portfolio and strategy level across our diverse range of businesses, and how we promote responsible investment throughout the industry.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Man Group’s RI Fund Framework and Stewardship approach
  • Integrating ESG across quantitative and discretionary portfolios
  • Man Group’s RI industry involvement and affiliations

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Policies

Man Group maintains firm-wide responsible investment policies that support globally-recognised norms. We also encourage our individual investment management businesses to develop and integrate responsible investing approaches that are relevant to their strategies.

Industry Assessments

Man Group is a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (‘PRI’), read our latest report below.

 

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