The Case for Responsible Investing

Presented by

Sally Bridgeland, IAM | Chris McHugh, University of Southampton Managers / IACPM | Gilles Moëc, AXA IM | Chris Iggo, AXA IM

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The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world faces “unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades”, even if global warming is successfully limited to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. To reach net zero by 2050, a fundamental realignment of the global economy is required. In terms of clean energy alone – which is just one part of the story — the International Energy Agency estimates that annual investment worldwide will need to more than triple by 2030 to around $4 trillion for the 2050 target to be met. The Ukraine crisis and ongoing pandemic have upended geopolitical and monetary policy priorities, but climate change must remain a prime concern. The case for the energy transition has never been greater, as the war has sparked new fears around energy security and supply, as well as the need for a sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery. As investors become increasingly aware of responsible investing and integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into their investment objectives, financial services providers like AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) are developing innovative new investment solutions that seek to align with these goals, while also targeting long-term sustainable returns. In Episode 1 of AXA IM’s Investors’ ESG Guidebook: The Road to Equitable and Sustainable Growth we’re taking a deep dive into the world of responsible investing, exploring the drivers behind its growth and sharing insights to help you understand why it’s more important than ever to transition to a low-carbon portfolio. Topics for discussion include: - Potential investment opportunities in the transition to net zero - How responsible investing could impact your portfolio returns - What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how to integrate them into your investment objectives

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