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Responsible investing

Responsible investing at M&G

Responsible investing at M&G
At M&G we are, first and foremost, stewards of our customers’ assets, and we take seriously the responsibilities that come with this role. Our responsible approach to investment management is long-term, and we encourage all our investment professionals to think creatively, act with conviction and work collaboratively to meet our customers’ changing needs.

Our approach
We encourage responsible practices in our investee companies through active engagement with company management, while using our votes to protect the interests of our customers as shareholders. Working closely with management of the companies in which we invest helps to ensure they are delivering the best possible long-term, risk-adjusted returns. This includes considering the environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices of those companies, where these issues can represent material long-term risks and opportunities.

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The value of the fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested.

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Literature

Pandemic: The inextricable link between human, animal and ecosystem health and the emergence of communicable disease

Ecosystem-health-and-communicable-diseaseThe impact of COVID-19 has been significant in virtually every aspect of human life. A consequence of this is the way it is changing how we assess, value and engage with the companies in which we invest.

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M&G Corporate Finance and Stewardship Report 2019

responsible 1This report provides an overview of the activities we have carried out over the past year, and demonstrates how we use our position as long-term, active investors to promote good practices at our investee companies.

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M&G Glossary of Responsible Investment Terms

glossaryThe different types of responsible investment approaches and the language that surrounds them, can be confusing. This brochure sets out some of the most common terminology that investors should be aware of.

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M&G Investments’ approach to climate change

MandG-approach-to-climate-changeClimate change presents immediate and material systemic risks to the financial stability of the global economy, the long-term environmental health of the planet, and ultimately the cohesive functioning of society.

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Case studies

Our fund managers believe that the long-term success of companies is supported by effective investor stewardship and high standards of corporate governance. We believe that if a company is run well, it is more likely to be successful in the long term. Social and environmental issues can also have an important impact on company performance. Well-managed companies take these issues into consideration as part of their successful development.

We engage with investee companies, alongside the investment teams, on issues including board composition, strategy, culture, capital allocation, executive remuneration, mergers and acquisitions and social and environmental responsibility.

Gibson Energy – Strategy

GibsonWe believed that Gibson Energy was too diversified and, in our assessment, needed to undertake a strategic review and restructure its portfolio of assets by selling non-core businesses and becoming more focused on infrastructure.

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HSBC – ESG

HSBCWe wanted to understand the HSBC’s current strategy to tackle financial crime and their commitment to sustainable finance.

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Unilever – Corporate structure

UnileverWe became concerned with consumer giant Unilever after the company announced its intention to move from a dual corporate structure to a single structure, based in the Netherlands.

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