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Desjardins Global Asset Management chooses Mirova for delegated management of a green bond fund

01/08/2016

Mirova, an asset management company dedicated to responsible investment, is announcing today that it was selected by Desjardins Global Asset Management to provide delegated management of an international green bond fund, the Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund, for a total of 100 million Canadian dollars.

The Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund puts the Global Green Bond strategy managed by Mirova into action. This fund will receive the recognized expertise of Mirova's bond specialist teams, which are leaders in the area of green bonds.

Like Mirova's Global Green Bond strategy, the Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund will be steered with active management and conviction management. The fund's main performance driver will be investment in debt securities that support the environmental and energy transition, described as green bonds by Mirova's responsible investment research team. As such, the management approach will combine financial and non-financial tactics: specific analysis of each project financed, ESG analysis of the issuer, and fundamental analysis to determine the bond's financial attractiveness. The fund will try to benefit from different international economic cycles by diversifying in terms of geography, economic sector, and credit rating.

The Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond fund will be managed by Christopher Wigley, with Marc Briand, co-manager and head of Fixed-income at Mirova who will particularly rely on Mirova's responsible investment research team of 12 analysts.

Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova, commented on the announcement: "We are proud to have received this management mandate from Desjardins Global Asset Management. It is proof that our expertise in green bond management is recognized on the market. Additionally, this mandate is part of our international growth strategy at Mirova, a strategy that is clearly beginning to pay off."

Michel Lessard, Vice President of Desjardins Global Asset Management added: "By financing tangible assets, green bonds fill direct, concrete needs: they enable issuers to diversify their investor base and investors to actively participate in financing the energy transition. We are delighted, alongside Mirova, to commit to this energy transition by launching the Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund, the first green bond fund on the Canadian market."

Press contact
Mirova
Bérengère Savelli
Tél. +33 (0)1 44 50 73
berengere.savelli@shan.fr

About Mirova
Mirova offers a global responsible investing approach involving Equities, Fixed Income, General and Renewable Energy Infrastructure, Impact Investing, and Voting and Engagement. It has €6 billion in assets under management and €40 billion in Voting and Engagement. Its team of circa 60 multidisciplinary experts include specialists in thematic investment management, engineers, financial and environmental, social and governance analysts, project financing specialists and experts in solidarity finance.
www.mirova.com      @Mirova_RI


(1) Source: Mirova – 32/03/2016.


About Natixis Asset Management
Natixis Asset Management ranks among the leading European asset managers1 with €347 billion in assets under management and 712 employees2. Natixis Asset Management offers its clients tailored, innovative and efficient solutions organised into six investment divisions:
Fixed income, European equities, Investment and client solutions, Structured products and volatility developed by Seeyond, Global emerging developed by Emerise, and Responsible Investing developed by Mirova.
1 Source: IPE Top 400 Asset Managers 2015 ranked Natixis Asset Management as the 46th largest asset manager based on global assets under management, and by the country of the main headquarters and/or main European domicile, as of 31 December 2014.


2 Source: Natixis Asset Management - Natixis Asset Management Asia Limited as of 31 March 2016.


Reference to a ranking does not indicate the future performance of the fund manager.
Seeyond is a brand of Natixis Asset Management. Emerise is a brand of Natixis Asset Management and Natixis Asset Management Asia Limited with teams in Paris and Singapore. Natixis Asset Management Asia Limited is an asset manager, 100% subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management.
Mirova is a subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management.