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Stewardship Matters – Edition 12: The path to Net Zero

This edition focuses on the path to net zero and provides an update on the progress being made by our investment teams and the outcome of our Australian conference on sustainability, on our Pathway to 2030.

Date published
18 Mar 2024
Tag
David Sheasby Head of Stewardship, Sustainability and Impact
Lauran Halpin Head of Impact Equities
John Gilmore Portfolio Manager, Impact Equities/ Stewardship, Sustainability and Impact Specialist
Eoghan McGrath Investment Analyst, Stewardship, Sustainability and Impact

Welcome to the 12th edition of STEWARDSHIP MATTERS where we look at the progress we’re making on the path to Net Zero.

Through our commitment to the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative (NZAMI), we recognise the role we can play in the decarbonisation of our society and economy. But, as long-term active equity managers, our ultimate aim is to protect our clients’ interests and deliver on financial outcomes. NZAMI is an important lens for mitigating some the real risks that exist in portfolios and understand how a company’s Net Zero targets can impact its ability to generate long-term sustainable returns.

We update on the enhancements to our research and engagement framework, disclosures to clients and our progress in reducing Martin Currie’s carbon footprint.

Inside we cover:

  • Reflections on COP28
  • A review of our Pathway to 2030 Forum where we focus on Net Zero in the Real World
  • The progress our Global Emerging Markets team are making on the path to Net Zero
  • Our engagement and proxy voting activity during 2023
  • Developments in Taskforce for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Read the full edition here

  • Making the commitment to Net Zero was the easy part – now the hard work begins


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  • Investing in foreign markets introduces a risk where adverse movements in currency exchange rates could result in a decrease in the value of your investment.
  • This strategy may hold a limited number of investments. If one of these investments falls in value this can have a greater impact on the strategy’s value than if it held a larger number of investments.
  • Smaller companies may be riskier and their shares may be less liquid than larger companies, meaning that their share price may be more volatile.
  • Emerging markets or less developed countries may face more political, economic or structural challenges than developed countries. Accordingly, investment in emerging markets is generally characterised by higher levels of risk than investment in fully developed markets.
  • The strategy may invest in derivatives, Index futures and FX forwards to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to underlying assets. The use of derivatives may result in greater fluctuations of returns due to the value of the derivative not moving in line with the underlying asset. Certain types of derivatives can be difficult to purchase or sell in certain market conditions.
  • The integration of sustainability risks in the investment decision process may have the effect of excluding profitable investments from the investment universe of the strategy and may also cause the strategy to sell investments that will continue to perform well.

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