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Understanding and analyzing ESG

Understanding the challenges of sustainable development and analyzing their impact on each industry or sector

Sustainable development challenges can directly affect the business activities of issuers, either negatively, as new risks arise, or positively, as new opportunities emerge. As an asset manager, Natixis Asset Management is committed to analyzing these issues, and the ways that issuers take them into account, in order to best serve our management teams and thus our clients.

To this end, Natixis Asset Management relies on the cutting-edge extra-financial research methodology developed by Mirova, its subsidiary dedicated to responsible investment. .

This is a proprietary ESG1 methodology, designed and applied by a team of 12 expert RI analysts from a broad spectrum of relevant backgrounds. The primary missions of this team are to explain the real-world implications of sustainable development challenges to our asset management teams, and to assess and rate a broad universe of issuers. More than 3,700 issuers have been assessed on ESG criteria.

Natixis Asset Management has been a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, or UN PRI, since 2008. The PRI initiative was set up by investors in partnership with the UNEP financial initiative and the UN Global Compact, and aims to apply the Principles for Responsible Investment. It endeavors to assess the relationship between investment and environmental, social and governance issues, and help signatories include these aspects in their investment and shareholding decisions.

Each year the organization ranks its signatories, assessing the inclusion of CSR criteria in their decision-making, and in the 2016-2017 annual assessment, Natixis Asset Management again stood out from the other signatories with higher median scores than its entire peer group.

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1 Environment, Social and Governance