Martin Currie sponsors PRI in person conference

Investors can gain deeper understanding of companies and stronger conviction from an integrated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) approach.

4 October 2017

That was the message from David Sheasby, our Head of Stewardship and ESG to delegates at the world’s leading conference on responsible investment.

Martin Currie sponsored and played an active role at this year’s PRI In Person event in Berlin, 25 – 27 September, which offered a platform for PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) signatories and other investment professionals to learn, network and collaborate.

The conference focused on the opportunities and risks presented by ESG factors, and demonstrated the material impact of sustainability on investment strategy.

David Sheasby, who is a member of the PRI’s ESG Collaborative Engagement Committee, stressed the benefits of our differentiated approach to ESG, ensuring it is incorporated throughout the investment process and implemented directly by portfolio managers – the people who know the companies best.

Presenting a ‘mock pitch’ to more than 300 delegates at a session on ESG integration, David said:
‘By examining ESG factors, and through engagement, we develop a better understanding of the companies we invest in and build stronger conviction in their ability to outperform over the long term for our clients.’

Effective stewardship of capital is at the heart of our client proposition and our commitment to this is evident in how we embed ESG analysis at every stage of our investment process, through our engagement with companies, and in the responsible management of our own business.

Martin Currie became a signatory to the PRI in 2009 and is an active member – taking a leading role in a number of collaborative engagements, including labour relations, fracking, and most recently cybersecurity.

As signatories to the PRI we have committed to report on our activities in relation to responsible investing each year. We are pleased to report that the PRI awarded us the highest possible rating* with an ‘A+’ for each of the three top-level categories: ‘strategy and governance’, ‘incorporation’ and ‘active ownership’. These ratings are a significant endorsement of our ESG commitment, and reflects the importance we place on stewardship, not only on our investment floor, but across the whole business.

*A copy of the PRI’s assessment of Martin Currie and methodology is available on request.
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