Martin Currie achieves top ESG rating for third year in a row

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assess responsible investment activities across the industry each year. Its review of 2018 has been published and Martin Currie has once again achieved A+ ratings for its responsible investment activities.

19 July 2019

For the third year running, the PRI has awarded Martin Currie an A+ (highest performance band) in all three of its top-level categories: ‘Strategy and Governance’, ‘Incorporation’ and ‘Active Ownership’. Additionally, across all sub categories, Martin Currie has achieved the highest A+ rating and is in the top quartile of the investment manager peer group for all aspects of the assessment. This is confirmation that all aspects of ESG are truly embedded in our investment process.

Our firm-wide commitment to stewardship and differentiated approach to ESG were vital to achieving the top ratings in each category

A+

Strategy and Governance

We firmly believe in strong internal policies, goals and transparency around our ESG activities; and in promoting best practice with peers, clients and policymakers. Living the values through the responsible management of our business is a critical aspect of this.

A+

Incorporation

ESG analysis is fully embedded in our investment process, forming an integral part of the assessment of risks and opportunities, alongside traditional financial considerations. This is implemented directly by the portfolio managers, with oversight from our Head of Stewardship and ESG – an industry-leading expert.

A+

Active Ownership

As stewards of our clients’ capital, we take active ownership very seriously and will engage with companies when we have identified material ESG issues. During 2018, we maintained our significant involvement in ongoing PRI-led collaborative engagements on corporate taxation and cybersecurity; we also began the second round of collaborative engagement on water in the agricultural supply chain. Overall, we participated in 8 collaborative engagement initiatives and 329 private ones.

David Sheasby, Martin Currie

David Sheasby

Head of Stewardship and ESG

‘We firmly believe in working towards a more sustainable investment environment that can better deliver long-term value creation for our clients. And for us, retaining our A+ PRI rating for a third year running is clear evidence of stewardship being an integral part of our client proposition. During 2018 we have expanded our ESG investor ‘toolkit’ by launching the ESG knowledge hub, an online directory of all our ESG resources. In addition, we have created two further proprietary tools: a portfolio dashboard to provide a high-level ESG profile of each strategy based on MSCI ESG data and a framework for critically assessing aspects of corporate governance. We have also continued to place significant emphasis on collaborating towards global standards of sustainability best practice. As committed advocates of a unified approach to the treatment and inclusion of ESG disclosure and reporting, we have worked with various policy makers and standard setters in 2018 to help implement industry change.’

Results history

The table below provides a summary of Martin Currie’s PRI ratings and demonstrates the asset manager’s commitment to continuous improvement:

Result
year
Reporting
period
Strategy and
Governance
Incorporation Active
Ownership
2019 (1 Jan 18 -
31 Dec 18)



2018 (1 Jan 17 -
31 Dec 17)
A+ A+ A+
2017 (1 Jan 16 -
31 Dec 16)
A+ A+ A+ Up
2016 (1 Jan 15 -
31 Dec 15)
A+ A+ Up A
2015 (1 Jan 14 -
31 Dec 14)
A+ Up A A
2014 (1 Jan 13 -
31 Dec 13)
A A A

A copy of the PRI Assessment is attached for your information. The PRI Transparency Report for Martin Currie and PRI Assessment Methodology are available to download from www.unpri.org.

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Download PDF version of PRI Assessment report 2019

PRI Assessment report 2019
Martin Currie Investment Management



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