Responsible Investment.Helping to shape the future of investing responsibly.
Responsible investing is no longer optional. As the investment management industry has matured and institutionalised, it has become increasingly responsive to the requirements of the investors who charge it with stewardship of their capital – the more they see mitigating environmental, social and governance risks as part of that stewardship, the more our industry must do to further those interests.
Responsible Investing at Man Group
Man Group maintains a Responsible Investment Committee and firm-wide Responsible Investment policies that support globally-recognised norms. We also encourage our individual investment management businesses to develop and integrate responsible investing ('RI') approaches that are relevant to their investment strategies.
What is responsible investing?
Responsible investing focuses on the development, integration and application of non-financial considerations – environmental, social and governance ('ESG') factors – in the investment decision-making process. While RI has traditionally been used to express an investor’s specific worldview or ethical preferences, more rigorous applications are emerging. ESG analysis, combined with active ownership (engagement and voting), is increasingly enabling investors to better understand and mitigate long-term, non-financial risks.
Man Group subscribes to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment ('PRI') definition:
"Responsible investment is an approach to investing that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns."
At Man Group, we recognise that responsible investment 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 closely aligns us with the values of our clients, shareholders, and other stakeholders.
Man Group takes a diversified approach to RI across its investment engines, recognising the importance of a responsible approach across all asset classes and investment strategies. We believe that our broad range of strategies – including active management, systematic and quantitative strategies, private markets as well as investment and advisory services – provides deep insight into the development of ESG investment. Our collective RI approaches enable us to better protect and enhance the value of our clients’ investments in a way that fulfils our obligations as an active owner and responsible manager.
Man AHL is a pioneer of systematic trading, bringing a scientific, empirical mind-set to investing. For thirty years, Man AHL has applied a systematic approach to the development and deployment of investment strategies which are largely quantitative and rely on large datasets to which are applied complex financial, econometric and statistical theories through proprietary research and modelling.
Man Numeric is an institutional manager focused on strategies ranging from long-only, active extension, and market neutral equities across geographic regions, investment styles and capitalisation strata. As a signatory of the UN PRI since 2014, Man Numeric is committed to a socially-responsible investment approach that combines best practices in environmental, social and governance analysis with the interests and values of our clients.
Man GLG is a discretionary investment manager that delivers absolute return and long-only investment strategies across asset classes, sectors and geographies. As a signatory of UN PRI since 2012, Man GLG is committed to a socially-responsible investment approach that combines best practices in environmental, social and governance analysis with the interests and values of our clients.
Man GPM is Man Group’s private markets investment division specialising in residential real estate and corporate assets across the capital structure. Man GPM seeks to implement RI principles across its real estate investment strategies, ranging from the inclusion of ESG factors to active engagement with the aim of making a positive impact. Man GPM became a member of the UN PRI in 2017.
Man FRM, as a hedge fund investment specialist, engages its sub-managers to promote the inclusion of ESG factors into their investment processes, policies and practices. Man FRM also promotes the acceptance of the UN PRI with our sub-advisors and encourages their participation as signatories to the Principles.
Man Group is a proud signatory of to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (‘PRI’), 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.
Established in 2008, the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) (previously known as the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB)) is a standard-setting body for the alternative investment industry and custodian of the Alternative Investment Standards. The SBAI provides a powerful mechanism for creating a framework of transparency, integrity and good governance which improves how the alternative investment industry operates, facilitates investor due diligence and complements public policy. Man Group is a founding signatory of the SBAI, and Luke Ellis, Man Group’s CEO, is a member of the Board of Trustees.
Alternative Investment Management Association ('AIMA') promotes the best interests of the alternative investment industry in order to enhance the wider understanding of its function. AIMA is closely aligned with policy makers, legislators and regulatory authorities around the world, also collaborating with key governments and authorities on proposed legislation and consultation. Robyn Grew, Man Group’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Counsel, sits on the AIMA Council.
Established in September 2014, the World Bank-supported Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition ('CPLC') formed from a groundswell of support for carbon pricing at the UN Climate Summit, where 74 countries and more than 1,000 companies expressed support for carbon pricing. The Coalition officially launched at COP21 in Paris, with the goal to expand the use of effective carbon pricing policies that can maintain competitiveness, create jobs, encourage innovation, and deliver meaningful emissions reductions. Man Group has been a member of the Leadership Coalition since December 2015.
Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return ('FAIRR') and its founding members believe that a worrying knowledge gap has emerged among investors in relation to the material investment risks and opportunities connected with intensive livestock farming and poor animal welfare standards. The FAIRR initiative aims to close that knowledge gap, ensuring that investors understand the risks and opportunities to emerge from this growing method of livestock production, and to support investors to assess these issues as part of their investment processes. Man Group has been partner of FAIRR since March 2017.
The Investment Association is the trade body that represents UK investment managers. Our 240 members collectively manage over £6.9 trillion on behalf of clients in the UK and around the world. The association promotes UK investment management, which is the largest industry of its kind in Europe and the second largest in the world. Man Group is a member of The Investment Association and is part of the IA’s Sustainability and Responsible Investment Committee.
Climate Action 100+ is a five-year initiative led by investors to engage with the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to improve governance on climate change, curb emissions and strengthen climate-related financial disclosures. Man Group believes that engaging and working with the companies in which we invest – to communicate the need for greater disclosure around climate change risk and company strategies aligned with the Paris Agreement – is consistent with our fiduciary duty.
Man Group is a proud signatory to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI), an initiative that brings investors together to push for better data from listed companies on how they manage workers in their direct operations and supply chains. It is aimed at increasing transparency with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains. As shareholders of these companies, institutional investors are well placed to make a difference and, by having additional and comparable data, investors can better engage with companies. The initiative builds on existing reporting standards, and the data requested from companies covers workforce composition, stability, development, and worker engagement.
Responsible investing takes a number of forms, and this area of our industry is constantly evolving. We believe it is important to regularly assess and challenge the thinking in this field, examining the theory and practice which allow truly responsible approaches to add value for clients.
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