The evolution of sustainable investing requires progress in terms of quality of the data and the ability to measure the environmental and social impact.
Getting under the skin of sustainable investing means dealing with issues that can be complex and deep-rooted and it often requires a long-term approach – which may vary by place or culture. A single response is never the answer.
Fabrice Chemouny, head of Asia Pacific at Natixis Investment Managers, shares his views on the changing market landscape and how a multi-affiliate approach to expertise can help investors stay on track.
A Uniquely Diverse Model
At Natixis Investment Managers (Natixis IM), our unique multi-affiliate model helps clients decide between increasingly different and available options and provides a single point of access to more than 20 active investment managers, many of which have specialised sustainable capabilities.
Natixis IM acts as an active owner, which means we actively exercise the rights of our clients as shareholders through dialogue, engagement and voting. We expect all affiliates to act as active owners; they regularly vote on more than 87% of their AUM1.
Additionally, as a group we take part in multilateral initiatives. Through these initiatives, we can advance issues of concern to the whole investment industry, such as climate change.
One of our affiliates, Mirova, has a dedicated focus on sustainable investing. With more than €25.5bn in AUM2, Mirova is a 100% sustainable investment asset management company and a leading player in sustainable finance3.
Mirova was conceived in 2012 with the objective of creating innovative investment products for its clients that would reconcile performance with social and environmental positive impact, thus allowing clients to finance solutions to sustainability issues. By positioning the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability issues at the centre of its strategy and products, Mirova has been among the pioneers of a different way of investing.
Positioned For Clients’ Sustainable Futures
With €1.2trn in AUM4, Natixis IM is one of the largest asset managers in the world5. Through the investment expertise of our multiple affiliates and wider partnerships, we are dedicated to advancing sustainable finance and developing innovative ESG products6, driven by strong convictions and a belief that sustainable investment growth is a key opportunity in investment management either for active fundamental capabilities, liability driven investments or private assets. Regarding the latter, we have seen important developments for renewable energy investment strategies, natural capital as well as private equity.
Today, sustainable and impact investing assets represents one-third of Natixis IM’s total AUM. By the end of 2024, our ambition is for that percentage to surpass 50%, or €600bn, with assets classified as SFDR7 Article 8/9 funds, or equivalent. Recognising the benefits of our multi-affiliate approach, clients have come to rely on our partnership, resources and wide spectrum of active investment solutions to help them optimise risk and returns in portfolios, manage assets and meet future liabilities.
Our local and dedicated client facing professionals across Asia Pacific are prepared to propose ideas and innovative solutions bespoke to every client journey.
At Natixis IM, we know that listening to clients and putting their needs front and centre is the clear way to achieve our ambition of 50% AUM through sustainable and impact investing.
In a rapidly changing world, expertise has never been more relevant. We’ve taken an expert approach to expertise, assembling a collection of specialists in fixed income, equities, illiquids, alternatives, thematics – and of course, sustainable investing.
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 Source: Natixis IM, internal data aggregated at Natixis Investment Managers level and weighted by AUM (https://www.im.natixis.com/intl/esg-investing)
 Source: Mirova: assets under management (AUM) as of June 30, 2022. AUM, as reported, may include notional assets, assets serviced, gross assets, assets of minority-owned affiliated entities and other types of non-regulatory AUM managed or serviced by firms affiliated with Natixis Investment Managers.
 Source: Mirova (https://www.mirova.com/en/about-us)
 Source: Assets under management (“AUM”) as of June 30, 2022. AUM, as reported, may include notional assets, assets serviced, gross assets, assets of minority-owned affiliated entities and other types of non-regulatory AUM managed or serviced by firms affiliated with Natixis Investment Managers.
 Source: Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2022 ranked Natixis Investment Managers as the 18th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2021.
 Source: Natixis IM (https://www.im.natixis.com/intl/about-us)
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