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Responsible investment at Pictet Asset Management

Our approach to responsible investment

Responsibility is embedded in everything we do, starting with our investment framework.

The right thing to do

Responsibility goes hand-in-hand with a long-term, partnership approach. It means having a sense of responsibility and integrity not only towards the present generation but also to future generations – and to the real economy and the wider world. This is true sustainable thinking.

We are convinced that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations can help us make better long-term investment decisions for our clients.

We believe in responsible capitalism and take an enlarged view of the economy and its interactions with civil society and the natural environment.

We are committed to integrating material ESG criteria in our investment processes and ownership practices with a view to enhance returns and/or mitigate risks.

We embed ESG in our risk management and reporting tools in order to maintain high standards of transparency and accountability.

Our commitment to responsible investing

A few key facts
A few ESG facts about Pictet AM

[1] as at 30.08.2019

Our approach to responsible investing

Our approach to responsible investing can be summarised in five key points:

  1. We incorporate ESG factors into all our investment processes
    All of our active long-only equity and fixed-income investment strategies integrate ESG considerations.
  2. We systematically exercise voting rights
    Leveraging our power as investors to achieve positive change, we systematically exercise our voting rights in the best interests of our clients. 
  3. We engage with companies and governments on ESG issues
    We engage directly with corporate boards and sovereign issuers so as to improve ESG practices, which we believe will lead to stronger long-term performance. 
  4. We act as stewards of responsible investing
    We are committed advocates of responsible investing and play an active role in organisations that promote responsible finance and sustainable investments.
  5. We are transparent with clients on our ESG actions
    We believe that our transparency differentiates us from the competition. In our reports, ESG characteristics are measured at a portfolio level and compared with the benchmark. Our Impact Reports provide additional data on our environmental impact.

Our responsible investment strategies

Today, all our active long-only equity and fixed income investment strategies incorporate ESG considerations.

All our portfolio managers integrate ESG factors when making investment decisions.

For investors that want to go further, our sustainable strategies focus on companies with stronger governance, and cleaner operations and products.

And we have a range of thematic strategies that invest in companies helping solve environmental and social challenges such as water scarcity and climate change.

ESG at Pictet Asset Management

Not only ESG helps us make better investment decisions for our clients, we also take a responsible approach as we think it is the right thing to do.

— Sébastien Eisinger, Managing Partner, Pictet Group Co-CEO, Pictet Asset Management