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Understanding and analyzing ESG

Understanding the challenges of sustainable development and analyzing their effects

Sustainable development challenges can have a direct impact on issuers and their business, by creating fresh risks and opportunities. Ostrum Asset Management takes its role as a responsible asset manager very seriously and is committed to analyzing these challenges and how issuers factor them in, in order to effectively serve both its fund management teams and ultimately its clients.

Ostrum Asset Management therefore leverages the non-financial research expertise of Mirova, its responsible investment subsidiary.

This is a proprietary ESG1 methodology, designed and applied by a team of 12 expert RI analysts from a broad spectrum of relevant backgrounds. The primary missions of this team are to explain the real-world implications of sustainable development challenges to our asset management teams, and to assess and rate a broad universe of issuers. More than 3,700 issuers have been assessed on ESG criteria.

On August 2, 2015, 193 countries approved the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable
Development Goals.
These inter-related goals spanning the period from 2015 to 2030 seek to end poverty, protect the planet and foster peaceful societies where all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives.

Ostrum Asset Management has been a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, or UN PRI, since 2008. The PRI initiative was set up by investors in partnership with the UNEP financial initiative and the UN Global Compact, and aims to apply the 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.

Each year the organization ranks its signatories, assessing the inclusion of CSR criteria in their decision-making, and in the 2016-2017 annual assessment, Ostrum Asset Management again stood out from the other signatories with higher median scores than its entire peer group.

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1 Environment, Social and Governance

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