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Responsible investment

Ostrum Asset Management’s responsible asset management policy is the key business aspect of its CSR policy.  It has been involved in sustainable development and socially responsible investment (SRI) initiatives for many years and the company has stepped up its commitment over recent years as it has focused further on the business aspect of its initiatives by bolstering its responsible investment strategy across its entire investment process.

The company’s CSR dimension has taken on a more ambitious slant and now covers the full range of methods at fund managers’ disposal as they strive to promote a responsible economic and financial system. This approach aims to promote greater inclusion of non-financial criteria in investment decisions, complying with recommendations from the main international standards bodies, such as the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI), where Ostrum Asset Management has been a signatory since 2008.

This responsible asset management approach is the result of extensive work and research carried out over a number of years and is based on four key commitments and specific initiatives designed to support action against climate change and applied on a daily basis by investment management professionals depending on the specific features of their asset classes.

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Highly renowned responsible investment approach

Ostrum Asset Management has been a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) since 2008. The PRI initiative was set up by international investors in partnership with the UNEP financial initiative and the UN Global Compact, with the aim of applying principles for responsible investment. It endeavors to assess the relationship between investment and environmental, social and governance issues, and help signatories include these aspects in their investment and shareholding decisions.

The organization ranks its signatories each year in order to assess the inclusion of ESG criteria in their decision-making. During the 2016-2017 annual UN PRI assessment, Ostrum Asset Management’s scores once again outperformed median scores for all the other signatories.

The Summary ScoreCard outlined above is an extract from Ostrum Asset Management’s Assessment Report. For further information on Ostrum Asset Management’s ESG data reporting, consult the full PRI Transparency Report, freely available on the PRI website.

On 3 April 2018, Natixis Asset Management became Ostrum Asset Management.