We have been a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2008. As such, our responsible investment practices are assessed annually by the PRI team. Our 2019 scores are shown in the table. Firms are ranked on a performance band from A+ to E.
|MODULE||OUR SCORE||MEDIAN SCORE|
|Strategy & Governance||A+||A|
|Listed Equity - incorporation||A+||B|
|Listed Equity - active ownership||A+||B|
|Fixed Income - SSA (sovereign)||A+||B|
|Fixed Income - Corporate Financial||A+||B|
|Fixed Income - Corporate Non-Financial||A+||B|
For the purposes of disclosure and to encourage industry discussion around best practices in sustainable investing, we publish in full the PRI Transparency and Assessment reports on the Stewardship page of our website. The PRI assessment methodology can be found at www.unpri.org.
As a PRI signatory, Ninety One adheres to these principles:
We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.
Founded in South Africa in 1991, today we’re an asset manager with a global presence. But our culture remains rooted in our emerging market beginnings, and in the belief that well-directed investment can transform lives.
Infrastructure is essential for development. We manage and advise the US$1 billion Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), which mobilises private sector investment into infrastructure in the fragile markets of sub-Saharan Africa. To date, EAIF has provided 142 million people with access to new or improved infrastructure. It has created 48,000 jobs and contributed to many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)2.
Our private equity investments contribute to eight of the SDGs.1 By supporting mid-sized companies, investors in our strategies help to generate decent work and economic growth.
Our credit investments contribute to 10 SDGs.2 They help to establish deeper, sustainable credit markets, facilitating development and creating a viable asset class for investors in Africa.
Through our real estate strategies, investors can contribute to transforming cities into engines of growth, creating jobs, supporting capital markets and assisting progress towards three SDGs.1