Insight and responsible investment
The new decade has opened in dramatic fashion. The coronavirus pandemic will have far-reaching social and economic consequences for us all, with issues such as climate change and extreme weather adding to concerns for investors.
However, rather than simply trying to forecast the impact of these events, Insight will play an active role in partnership with our clients to influence long-term outcomes. I am very proud that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have long been at the heart of Insight's approach. Understanding and engaging on ESG risks in our research activities is an essential part of establishing an accurate fair value for any investment.
In terms of steps that we have taken to reflect the importance of the responsible investment agenda, more than 80% of our engagement meetings with sovereign and corporate debt issuers included discussions on responsible investment issues in 2019 (up from 54% in 2018). We have also introduced a proprietary scoring system, providing customised data on a range of ESG criteria for more than 6,500 corporate issuers and 850,000 of their subsidiaries, enhancing our analytical capability and client reporting.
In collaboration with asset owners we have also sought to actively influence policymakers and regulators on several issues related to the long-term sustainability of financial markets.
Please get in touch with us if you would like more information. We will be more than happy to discuss details of our responsible investment activities and how we can support you and your beneficiaries in achieving your goals.
1Assets under management (AUM) are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients.