Sustainable investing

For a better tomorrow.
For a better tomorrow.

Investing for a world of change

We are an independent, active global asset manager dedicated to delivering compelling outcomes for our clients.

We started in ’91 in South Africa, when change was coming. We learned the importance of recognising and embracing change and uncertainty. It’s taught us that active investing can be a force for good. It’s also given us a different perspective on the issues that matter – from how we invest sustainably, to the major thematic and structural challenges facing investors.

We focus on where we can make a real difference for our clients.

“By investing sustainably, we aim to help people lead better lives in a better world”

- Hendrik du Toit CEO, Ninety One

Professional investors

Sustainable investing reports

We are pleased to have recently partnered with, contributing to their Sustainable Investment special reports.

Published in The Times and Sunday Times, they examine issues such as how green investment could be the secret to post-pandemic recovery, the UK’s unique position to work towards a net-zero future, debunking ESG myths, and more.

“The transition to a low-carbon economy presents a significant opportunity to invest in a multi-year structural-growth trend while also helping to tackle an existential crisis.”

Featuring: Deirdre Cooper and Graeme Baker, co-portfolio managers, Ninety One Global Environment Fund

Read the article

“We look to intentionally allocate capital to those companies where we can measure the positive impact they're having on the world around them as well.”

Featuring: Matt Evans, portfolio manager, UK Sustainable Equity Fund

Read the article

On behalf of our clients we invest sustainably in four ways:

  1. All our investment strategies incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as we believe that  ESG investing should enhance long-term performance. By incorporating ESG factors, our strategies consider the full spectrum of risks and opportunities associated with an investment.

    Read more on the Principles for Responsible Investment’s assessment of our ESG processes.
  2. As an active investor, we engage with portfolio companies and governments to encourage them to address sustainability and improve their ESG performance. We believe strongly in the power of engagement to effect positive change.
    Read more about ESG  and how we engage.
  3. We offer dedicated investments targeting opportunities arising from the world’s transition to a more sustainable model, giving investors the chance to put their capital at the leading edge of the sustainability revolution.
  4. Our solutions include investments that have a positive impact. Since 2008, our private equity, credit and infrastructure investments have enabled sustainable development in Africa (e.g. our Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, which has helped to transform lives across the continent).

Investments involve risk; losses may be made.

The challenges currently posed by climate change pale in significance compared with that might come… The more we invest with foresight; the less will regret in hindsight
Mark Carney, Former Governor of the Bank of England​

Principles for Responsible Investing

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 2020 scores are shown in the table. Firms are ranked on a performance band from A+ to E.

Download the 2020 PRI Assessment report

Strategy & Governance A+ A
Listed Equity - incorporation A+ A
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
Private Equity A A
Infrastructure A+ A

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 Reports section of this page. The PRI assessment methodology can be found at

The six PRI commitments

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.