What is responsible investing?

Responsible Investing (RI) enables clients to align their investments with global megatrends that are changing the investment landscape. Issues such as increasing regulation, the growing need for risk mitigation and a heightened social conscience can be more effectively addressed by integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into the investment process. 

An ongoing evolution

Responsible Investing has changed tremendously and continues to evolve. Where before much of the focus was on avoiding companies deemed to be at odds with specific environmental, social or corporate governance factors, these days investing responsibly runs the gamut from negative screening to integrated solutions and all the way to impact investing.

Our philosophy and mission

At AXA Investment Managers, we believe Responsible Investing can deliver sustainable, long-term value for clients and create a positive impact on society. This has underpinned our work in developing investment solutions that incorporate ESG considerations across all asset classes.


QUOTE - RESPONSIBLE INVESTING - RESPONSIBLE INVESTING HOME - Christensen Matt

While there may be periodic obstacles, the evidence on Responsible Investment overwhelmingly suggests increasing momentum towards greater recognition and demand.”
Matt Christensen, Global Head of Responsible Investment

VIDEO - RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT - RI ANNUAL REVIEW - Matt Christensen - EN


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Our approach

From green bonds to impact investing; negative screens to active stewardship, our offering spans the full ESG spectrum. This toolkit, combined with a flexible approach and our proprietary RI Search © tool means we are able to create tailored solutions to meet our clients’ goals whatever their required level of ESG integration.

Why AXA IM?

With 19 years of RI experience, a robust ESG framework and a conviction-driven approach, our pioneering team has successfully partnered with our clients on innovative investment mandates and continues to help facilitate even the most complex RI ambitions.

A holistic approach with a proven ability to roll out award-winning¹ solutions

  • Working across all major platforms : Fixed Income, Equities, Real Assets, Structured Finance, Multi Asset Client Solutions
  • €607 bn² ESG embedded AUM
  • A breadth and depth of offering that allows us to meet client needs, which may vary in size or complexity
  • Top-down and bottom up coverage: 5,000 securities and 90 countries³
  • Proprietary RI Search© analysis tool for ESG integration
  • Quantitative and qualitative ESG research : ESG insights, country views, fundamental reports,  sector and thematic reports

A pioneering, innovative approach that continues to challenge the status quo

  • An early mover, we are a large institutional allocator within the impact space
  • A significant player in bringing new instruments and products to market
  • An international award¹ winner for best investor reporting on climate-related risks

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¹ Prix International du Meilleur Reporting Climatique des Investisseurs from the French Environment Ministry, October 2016. References to league tables and awards are not an indicator of future performance or places in league tables or awards.
² Source: AXA IM as at 31/03/2017. ESG embedded asset are those that benefit from AXA  IM’s active stewardship, exclusion policies on controversial weapons, coal, non-RSPO palm oil and derivatives (futures contracts) on food commodities. They can also receive ESG scoring and footprint analysis.
³ Source: AXA IM as at 31/03/2017

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