Threadneedle is UK’s number one for SRI

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Threadneedle Investments tops UK asset managers in responsible investment, according to ShareAction’s 2015 survey.

Thirty-three UK asset managers have been evaluated through a benchmarking study of responsible investment performance and transparency of the UK’s largest asset managers.

In the last study, completed in 2010, Threadneedle came in 7th place.

Threadneedle, managing £95.1bn (€84.2bn) assets, signed both United Nations sponsored principles of responsible investment and the UK’s Stewardship Code. In 2010, the UK asset management company launched the Low Carbon Workplace Fund (LCW).

This institutional fund, which partners with the Carbon Trust and property developer Stanhope plc, develops and manages affordable energy efficient office buildings. It provides occupiers with support in reducing their carbon emissions and achieving independent certification to the Low Carbon Workplace Standard.

In partnership with Big Issue Invest, Threadneedle also launched the UK Social Bond Fund in 2014. This investment product has been set up in order to achieve an investment return as well as a positive social outcome by investing in bonds issued by organisations that support socially beneficial activities and economic development in the UK.

Mark Burgess, Threadneedle chief investment officer, said: “Our move from seven to number one reflects our active leadership in this area in the UK.”

Ian Richards, head of Governance and Responsible Investment at Threadneedle Investments, added: “This recognition is really a testament to the culture of collaboration, buy-in and teamwork we have across our investment teams and the capability that provides us with.”

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