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Sustainability & Stewardship Report

Our purpose is to invest for a better tomorrow. Our Sustainability & Stewardship Report details Ninety One’s work – on behalf of our clients and all of our stakeholders – towards a more sustainable future, including with respect to our investments, advocacy and corporate footprint.
Our purpose is to invest for a better tomorrow. Our Sustainability & Stewardship Report details Ninety One’s work – on behalf of our clients and all of our stakeholders – towards a more sustainable future, including with respect to our investments, advocacy and corporate footprint.

Sustainability at Ninety One

Ninety One’s sustainability framework has three core components:

Invest

Sustainability analysis is integrated across our investment strategies. We also offer sustainable investment solutions.


Advocate

We seek to lead the conversation where we can make a difference and offer expertise on important sustainability topics.


Inhabit

We believe change starts at home. We run our business responsibly and act sustainably

Our Sustainability & Stewardship Report includes:
  • Highlights, key figures and significant developments - including our net-zero transition plan
  • Our approach to sustainability:
    • Invest – how we invest sustainably for our clients and integrate environmental, social & governance factors
    • Advocate – how we use our voice in the markets to advocate for positive change among investors, companies and policymakers
    • Inhabit – how we aim to inhabit our own ecosystem in a manner that ensures a sustainable future for all
  • Purpose, culture, values and governance structure

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Highlights from the reporting year

  • Evolved from Sustainability 2.0 to Sustainability 3.0 to focus on real-world impact and deploy more capital behind our priorities.
  • Developed a net-zero transition plan aligned with the current Science Based Targets initiative (“SBTi”) methodology.
  • Committed to net-zero alignment targets for our portfolios to drive real-world emissions reductions and an inclusive transition by working with portfolio companies to ensure they have viable Paris-aligned ‘just transition’ plans by 2030.
  • Appointed a Chief Sustainability Officer to ensure alignment and oversight of all sustainability programmes and initiatives at Ninety One.
  • Became a signatory to the updated UK Stewardship Code.
  • Submitted first CDP questionnaire.
  • Added first ‘Say on Climate’ resolution to the Ninety One AGM 2021 (supported).
  • Enhanced our CSI initiatives with two projects in South Africa, where we:
    • Funded more than 60 students and 10 postgraduate research projects through our Changeblazers programme.
    • Provided about 13,500 people in two communities with access to water via solar-powered borehole technology.

Our Key figures

£5.0 billion

managed in sustainable strategies1

PRI rating A+

for Strategy & Governance and applicable listed asset classes2

337

engagements

15,007

proxy votes cast

11,000 carbon credits

purchased and retired with respect to Scope 1, 2 and 3 (category 6) emissions3

17% reduction

in total Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions

As at 31 March 2022.

1Sustainable strategies is defined by Ninety One’s internal framework, based on the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR) criteria as at 9 November 2019 for Article 8 and Article 9 funds.
2Latest ratings provided by the PRI in 2020.
3Based on carbon mitigation for calendar year 2021.

Important Information

This communication is provided for general information only should not be construed as advice.

All the information in is believed to be reliable but may be inaccurate or incomplete. The views are those of the contributor at the time of publication and do not necessary reflect those of Ninety One.

Any opinions stated are honestly held but are not guaranteed and should not be relied upon.

All rights reserved. Issued by Ninety One, issued June 2021.