Unigestion further enhances its ESG risk management capabilities
May 7, 2019 — Unigestion, the independent specialist asset manager, has enhanced its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) capabilities by implementing an ESG Risk Ratings solution from Sustainalytics.
The solution will help Unigestion to further refine its existing in-house ESG indicators at a security level and expand its robust analysis of the ESG footprint of sectors and countries across the different asset classes managed by the firm. It will help Unigestion not only to avoid future ESG-related risks, but also to better exploit new opportunities offered by sustainable investing.
With a long track record of integrating ESG criteria in both its investment approach and its core values, Unigestion firmly believes that ensuring the sustainability of its investments is essential to deliver superior long-term performance for its clients and to create sustainable value for society.
Striving to continuously enhance its responsible investment practices, Unigestion is also working towards implementing UN Sustainable Development Goals within its investment offering and boosting its capabilities in bespoke ESG-based solutions that incorporate clients’ specific requirements.
Alexei Jourovski, Head of Equities, at Unigestion said: “Integrating ESG criteria into our decision-making processes is crucial for our teams to better understand the risk-return profile of our investments. We believe the materiality-driven framework embedded in Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings supports our active risk-based approach and will be a driver of future long-term performance.”
Diederik Timmer, Executive Vice President of Client Relations, at Sustainalytics, said: “We are delighted that Unigestion has selected Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings as part of its comprehensive risk-driven investment approach. Our deep insights and distinct risk signals into why certain ESG issues are considered material for a company can benefit Unigestion’s clients. We look forward to working with Unigestion for many years to come.”
Unigestion is an independent, specialist asset manager providing innovative, tailored solutions for investors worldwide. Since our creation nearly half a century ago, we have stayed true to our conviction that intelligent risk-taking is key to delivering smoother, more consistent returns over time. Today, we are responsible for USD 23.2 billion in assets under management across our four areas of expertise – equities, private equity, liquid alternatives and multi asset.
By taking risk in a measured, informed way, we aim to deliver superior performance for our clients. We take a multi-dimensional view, using a powerful combination of human insight and leading-edge technology to gain a deep understanding of financial markets, while our strong research focus allows us to continually adapt and refine our approach.
Helping our clients achieve investment success drives everything we do. We take the time to truly understand their requirements and work with them to create tailored solutions that meet their specific needs. We have decades of experience in running bespoke mandates, which today account for the majority of our assets under management.
Headquartered in Geneva, Unigestion has a global presence that extends across Europe, North America and Asia. We are privately owned, with a shareholder structure designed to ensure our long-term stability and align our interests with those of our clients.