Responsible investing

Responsible investing at M&G

  • Our responsibility as investors
  • Why is responsible investing important?
  • Our approach
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.
Today we manage the long-term savings of millions of people across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Our customers include individual investors and savers and a wide variety of institutional investors. Meeting the expectations of this diverse client base means sticking to our principles; taking a responsible, active and long-term approach, which considers all the relevant financial and non-financial elements of our investments.

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.

Our customers, meanwhile, want to know what our responsible approach means in practice; how ESG factors are being considered, how we are voting on their behalf and what our company engagements actually entail.

The value of a 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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Ignore ESG factors at your peril

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Three myths about responsible investing

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Making sense of ESG

Making-sense-of-ESG-RIA guide to Environmental, Social and Governance factors in long-term investment.

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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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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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