Investing for a sustainable future isn’t just a business imperative, it’s a moral imperative too. By backing the companies and projects taking sustainable action now, you can help accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world and a better future for everyone.
At AXA IM, we recognise that we have an active role to play in this transition as a business, an investor and employer.
Our ACT range is designed to enable our clients to take action on global issues such as climate change through their investments.learn more
Our road to net zero
Our principles for climate action.
Acting with conviction
We believe that our fiduciary duty goes beyond delivering returns to our clients. It is also about investing responsibly, driving climate action, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the world we live in. As at 2021, 41% of our eligible Assets Under Management (AUM) are on course to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner, and by 2030, the CO2 footprint of these assets should have decreased by 50% compared to 2019. Our aim is to continue to grow the proportion of net zero aligned AUM in 2022. And as a founding investor of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative (NZAMI) launched in December 2020, we are committed to achieve net zero emissions across our portfolios by 2050 or sooner, as well as playing a key role in helping AXA Group realise their ambitious climate goals. As a business, we are working to become a net zero business by 2050, and we are applying a three-step methodology to make this happen: measure, reduce and compensate. We have already committed to reduce our own CO2 emissions by at least 25% by 2025.
Acting bravely and openly
Engagement and dialogue with companies and clients is crucial to influencing the journey to net zero. We recognise that the transition will come with some challenges, and whilst we will allocate more and more capital towards climate solutions and other net zero-aligned assets, we will continue to finance those which we believe are effectively transitioning. We have reinforced our climate engagement and stewardship policy, with a view to divest from climate laggards (a focused list of companies considered material in both portfolios and on climate change) if after three years of constructive engagement not enough progress has been made.
Acting with others
We have always understood that by taking collective action with our peers and pooling our efforts and influence, we have the power to effect tangible change. We will continue to channel more capital towards responsible solutions to our clients, such as our sustainable investing range, as well as offering education programmes on ESG topics for our clients and employees. We believe a global approach to climate action from regulators is essential to ensure success in implementation of sustainable finance and real economy policies, and we are actively involved in steering groups and industry initiatives such as the NZAMI, NZAOA, NZAM and Climate Action 100. At the World Climate Summit recently we asked our industry peers to act decisively with us to influence companies that are not taking climate change seriously, through our decisions on capital allocation.
Vision 2045: AXA IM - A responsible asset manager
We are proud to be part of Vision 2045, a UN-backed campaign that brings together leading companies from around the world to showcase their support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the core principles of fighting climate change, delivering sustainability and driving diversity and inclusion.Find out more
Innovations and practices that lie at the heart of our sustainable strategy
We believe as a major global investor, business and employer, we have a role in generating positive and measurable progress for the global economy, the planet and the communities in which we live.
Decarbonisation is undeniably underway, and the implications are huge for the global economy, our investment teams and of course, our clients. Watch our three experts in conversation as they deep dive into decarbonisation, exploring the macroeconomic landscape and discussing the key challenges and opportunities that arise as we seek to transition to a low carbon economy.
Climate Change – on board? If not, why?
Awareness is growing fast, what do you say to those who still aren’t convinced?
How important is government action in decarbonising our global economy?
Should there be a carbon tax?
What are you seeing in markets as a result of decarbonisation?
New instruments and creating investable opportunities.
Leading the transition as investors
What strategies and policies contribute to our role in leading the transition to a low carbon economy?
What are the issues we face as asset managers with companies greenwashing?
Engagement, dialogue and evolution of climate data.
What do the next generation of investors want to see from asset managers?
Clarity, convergence in regulations and how we can ‘invest for good.’
ESG at the heart of our investment approach
At AXA IM, we believe investing responsibly goes hand-in-hand with our fiduciary duty to clients. Our responsible investment philosophy is grounded in two key principles: we believe it helps us make better investment decisions and can be a means by which we can help accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world.
As a responsible asset manager, we think our conviction-led approach to responsible investing enables us to uncover the best potential investment opportunities across asset classes globally. As well as using ESG data to mitigate risks, we place an emphasis on opportunities.
Investing is about trying to anticipate the future, and we believe that ESG considerations help us do that better. In our view, responsible investing equals better investing. Therefore, responsible investing is fully integrated across our investment processes. We believe RI should be an intrinsic part of investment decisions, not an added extra. As such, accountability for RI should be ingrained across our business and not sit with a separate, centralised team. This is why we have 30+ RI specialists1 embedded across our teams, from research to portfolio management and beyond.
Our approach towards ESG integration
Watch our videos to find out more about how we integrate ESG at AXA IM.
Our responsible investing approach
We actively invest for the long-term prosperity of our clients and to secure a sustainable future for the planet.Find out more