ESG Media Presence
June 8, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
The M&G Sustainable Allocation Fund (Lux), which “with a flexible and diversified approach aims to take advantage of changing market conditions and sustainable investment opportunities, investing in multiple asset classes including equities, corporate, government and green bonds, infrastructure and liquidity”. The portfolio brings together a diverse selection of assets, keeping one constant: contributing to a sustainable economy, investing in assets that support environmental and/or social objectives. Particular attention is paid to the portfolio impact component, which represents between 20-50% (36.7% at the end of April 2022) of the fund’s holdings and is dedicated to companies and institutions that intentionally aim to generate a positive impact through alignment with one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The fund has six impact areas, three of which are linked to the social sphere of sustainability. Being the themes of social inclusion, improving working conditions and education, and improving health and saving lives. Cogna is a concrete case of the second pillar, “a Brazilian company that offers affordable quality education to low-income students thanks to the possibilities offered by technology. This participation allows us to align the portfolio with SDG 4, Quality Education”, explains Maria Municchi, manager of M&G Investments.
May 26, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
As a result of ongoing engagement with shareholders, including BlackRock, Cogna has significantly improved its Board-related disclosures. As reflected in the “2021 Sustainability Report” – the company now presents a detailed view of the composition of the board, including a clear description of the diversity of the board members, skills, attendance rate and tenure. In addition, the report outlines how in 2021 the board renewed its People and ESG Committee – to ensure that ESG risks and opportunities are discussed periodically and factored into the company’s long-term strategy.