The sustainable investor for a changing world
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As an investor

 

Investing sustainably means putting your money to work on issues ranging from adapting to and mitigating climate change, improving working conditions and diversity, to tackling inequality.

More and more, investors want to invest sustainably: they want to combine investing for a financial return with a positive contribution to the environment, society or both.

At BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM), our full suite of investment strategies integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Our product range thus reflects an understanding of your need for long-term sustainable investment performance and your ambitions for a better world.

 

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WHY SUSTAINABLE INVESTING?

Quite simply, it is worth it. Financially, the results from investing with an appreciation of the environment, high social standards and responsible business conduct – the pillars of sustainable investing – can be attractive.

Investing sustainably mitigates risks, for example, by steering clear of companies that are exposed to pollution lawsuits, labour unrest, shareholder revolts or other events that can damage their reputation and their economic results. So, taking into account these risks, the long-term performance of a sustainable investment approach can be better than that of traditional investment approach.

Also, quite simply, it makes sense. In the long run, our planet is served better with low-carbon energy, environmental sustainability, and equality and inclusive growth. As an investor, you can help shape a better world by investing sustainably.

 

Why us

WHY US?

Sustainability is at the heart of our strategy and our investment decisions. We are focused on achieving long-term sustainable returns for clients.

  • Long-standing commitment to sustainability: A 15-year plus history in sustainable investment, including ESG research and integration, stewardship and issuer engagement, and a range of thematic and impact funds.
  • Global scope: We integrate ESG research and analysis across all strategies, asset classes and geographies.
  • Thought leader and advocate: We are a member of several advisory committees at international bodies such as the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). We were also a founding signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2006.
  • Dedicated team of ESG professionals: Our Sustainability Centre, a multi-disciplinary team of ESG professionals with financial, economic and legal expertise, supports our investment teams. In addition to ESG research and integration, they play a crucial role in measuring, tracking and reporting our impact and progress on sustainability.
  • Recognised ESG performance: We are ranked best-in-class (A+)* by the PRI for our approach to responsible investing and are recognised by the UK Financial Reporting Council for our approach to stewardship.

 

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OUR SOLUTIONS

At BNPP AM, ESG criteria are central to the way we come up with investment ideas, construct portfolios, control risk and use our influence with companies and markets to improve sustainability.

Across all asset classes and geographies, our funds now reflect a sustainable investing approach. In Australia, this is offered to investors through the BNP Paribas Green Bond Trust and the BNP Paribas EARTH Trust.

BNP Paribas Green Bond Trust

The BNP Paribas Green Bond Trust invests in global green bonds, a category of fixed income used to finance projects designed to mitigate or address climate change issues. The Trust uses a proprietary integrated engagement approach to identify investments expected to have the most positive environmental impact.

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BNP Paribas EARTH Trust

The EARTH Trust is a Global Equity Long/Short strategy that seeks to provide exposure to the environmental markets thematic in a market neutral vehicle. It combines long positions in the most promising and innovative companies globally within the energy, materials, agriculture and industrials markets that are providing solutions to environmental challenges. These are paired with short positions in overvalued companies or those with unsustainable business models vulnerable to transition risk.

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OUR INSIGHTS AND RESEARCH

While BNPP AM has engaged in sustainable investing for almost two decades, research into this area is fairly new. We are committed to expanding the body of academic research that supports the case for sustainable investing.

Sustainability report

The tough road ahead for oil

Is there a cost to sustainability?

Our experts discuss our sustainably strategy and how issuer engagement can make a difference.

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Our experts discuss our sustainably strategy and how issuer engagement can make a difference.

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The economics of renewable energy are near-impossible for oil to compete with, our latest research suggests.

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*Rank awarded in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Investments are subject to market fluctuations and the risks inherent in investments in securities. The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay, the strategies described being at risk of capital loss. There is no guarantee that the performance objective will be achieved. Past performance or achievement is not indicative of current or future performance.

Assess and integrate NDC alignment with the Paris Agreement when investing in sovereign bonds.

 

DISCLOSURES

For Wholesale Investors only. Equity Trustees Limited (“Equity Trustees”) ABN 46 004 031 298 | AFSL 240975 is the Responsible Entity for the BNP Paribas Green Bond Trust (“Green Bond Trust”) (ARSN 651 112 659) and the BNP Paribas EARTH Trust (“EARTH Trust”) (ARSN 641 508 705). Equity Trustees is a subsidiary of EQT Holdings Limited ABN 22 607 797 615, a publicly listed company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: EQT). BNP Paribas Asset Management Australia Ltd (“BNPP AMAU”) ABN 78 008 576 449 | AFSL 223418 is the investment manager of the Trusts. This publication has been prepared by BNPP AMAU to provide you with general information only. In preparing this information, we did not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any particular person. It is not intended to take the place of professional advice and you should not take action on specific issues in reliance on this information. Neither BNPP AMAU, Equity Trustees nor any of their related parties, their employees or directors, provide any warranty of accuracy or reliability in relation to such information or accept any liability to any person who relies on it. Past performance should not be taken as an indicator of future performance. Investors should obtain a copy of the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making a decision about whether to invest in these products. The individual PDS for each Trust is available from www.bnpparibas-am.com.au or from your adviser. The BNP Paribas Green Bond Trust and the BNP Paribas EARTH Trust’s Target Market Determination are available here www.bnpparibas-am.com.au. A Target Market Determination is a document which describes who this financial product is likely to be appropriate for (i.e. the target market), and any conditions around how the product can be distributed to investors. It also describes the events or circumstances where the Target Market Determination for this financial product may need to be reviewed. For more information regarding the Trust please call the Client Service Team on 1800 267 726 (Australia) or +612 9619 6041 or visit our website www.bnpparibas-am.com.au.