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Investments | 30 June 2021

 

“A COMFORTABLE WINNER” – MORE RECOGNITION FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTING AT COUTTS

We win two sustainable investing awards for our work tackling climate change and helping clients build a better future – hot on the heels of a similar accolade last month

 

Investments | 30 June 2021

 

“A COMFORTABLE WINNER” – MORE RECOGNITION FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTING AT COUTTS

We win two sustainable investing awards for our work tackling climate change and helping clients build a better future – hot on the heels of a similar accolade last month

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The success of our work investing in a sustainable future on clients’ behalf is being recognised across the UK finance industry – with three major awards in two months.

We’ve just won at the Sustainable Investment Awards 2021, run by leading news service Environmental Finance, in these categories:

  • Multi-Asset Manager of the Year
  • ESG Multi-Asset Fund of the Year (for the Coutts Multi-Asset Funds)

ESG refers to the three key areas responsible investors focus on – environmental, social and governance. The Environmental Finance judges said we were “a comfortable winner”.

It follows last month’s news that we won for our “outstanding ESG proposition and offering” at the WealthBriefing European Awards.

 

Climate targets and shareholder engagement impresses judges

 

Environmental Finance was impressed by our ambitious action to tackle climate change – which includes tough carbon reduction targets and strict rules on thermal coal activity at companies we invest in. We achieved a 26% average reduction in carbon emissions from our funds and portfolios in 2020, and have committed to net zero investments by 2050 or sooner.

The judges also liked how we’re actively driving change at the companies that feature in our portfolios and funds by talking to them and voting at shareholder meetings. In the first three months of this year alone, we engaged with 293 companies on 1,042 ESG issues.

Mohammad Syed, Head of Asset Management at Coutts, says, “As the custodians of our clients’ wealth, we have a responsibility to them to ensure their money helps, rather than hinders, the environment, our society and our communities.

“It’s a responsibility we take extremely seriously, which is why responsible investing is an integral part of our entire investment process. Only then can we ensure our clients’ money has its intended impact on the world.”

 

““As the custodians of our clients’ wealth, we have a responsibility to them to ensure their money helps, rather than hinders, the environment, our society and our communities.”

 

Mohammad Syed, Head of Asset Management, Coutts

 

Sustainable investing at no extra cost

Leslie Gent, Head of Responsible Investing at Coutts, adds, “Our work helping our clients play their part in building a sustainable future is bold, ambitious and far-reaching. But our relentless commitment to it is already getting results, benefitting our clients while costing them nothing extra. It’s extremely gratifying to see this work recognised by these independent awards.”  

The Environmental Finance Sustainable Investment Awards recognise asset managers, analysts and data providers incorporating ESG across all asset classes.

 

Find out more about how we’re working toward a more sustainable future

 

Read our latest voting and engagement update

 

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