The seventh edition of LGT Capital Partners annual ESG report assesses some 304 managers globally, grading them on how successfully they have integrated environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their investment activities. Beyond assessing managers, this year’s study also presented KPIs on companies in the firm’s co-investment and private debt portfolios.
Key findings covered in the 2019 report:
Commenting on the ESG Report 2019 findings, Tycho Sneyers, Managing Partner at LGT Capital Partners and board member at UN PRI said:
“We are encouraged to see progress on ESG in Europe, the US and Asia, albeit from very different starting points. One theme that clearly stands out this year is the growing importance of the SDGs. Investors are increasingly turning to the SDGs to make their sustainable investment activities more outcome orientated, and they have high expectations for the goals.”
Reflecting its commitment to ESG principles and, in particular, in response to the growing importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), LGT Capital Partners is currently developing an innovative tool to calculate the impact of companies and whole portfolios – both negative and positive – on the SDGs. This new tool will allow greater insight into both portfolios and underlying companies, allowing investors to improve their SDG footprint while retaining diversification and attractive risk-adjusted returns.LGT Capital Partners also announces the development of a new long/short hedge fund strategy, where ESG is a key criterion for selecting portfolio companies, as well as shorting those companies weak on ESG.