Columbia Threadneedle Investments has been appointed by Zurich Germany to manage its new European equity ESG strategy. The strategy is managed by Ann Steele, senior portfolio manager.
The company has a significant and long-term partnership with Zurich and is one of Zurich’s primary asset managers across a broad range of different asset classes and strategies.
Michael Leinwand, chief investment officer at Zurich Germany said, “We believe that proactively integrating ESG factors in our investing helps us to generate better long term financial returns for customers and shareholders. As a result we are focused on enhancing the integration of ESG practices adopted by our investment managers. Zurich appointed Columbia Threadneedle to manage this new key strategy utilizing their expertise in this area. Ann Steele has an excellent track record in managing European equities and we are confident that she will deliver outstanding performance for us. ”
Andrew Nicoll, global head of insurance at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, added, “The case for long-term responsible investment is clear: well-run sustainable businesses, will adapt, endure and deliver long-term sustainable investment returns. We have seen an increase in demand for ESG type strategies, particularly from our European clients, as investors clearly recognise the benefits that a responsible investment approach can bring.”
Columbia Threadneedle EMEA manages €11bn in responsible investment mandates for clients around the world. A dedicated team of five responsible investment professionals works with the broader investment team to deliver ESG solutions for clients.