As engaged investors we want to play an active role in influencing business practices and support the transitioning towards a low carbon economy.
As fiduciary responsible investors we are committed to protecting our portfolios from ESG risk and seizing new opportunities.
Through our broad range of investment expertise we benefit from a key positioning to encourage large corporates, small- to mid-cap players, as well as investment firms, to embrace sustainable and innovative practices. Through our investment business lines and our wealth management activities, we proactively engage, raise awareness, and increase transparency regarding ESG issues amongst a wide array of institutional and private investors (including entrepreneurs, foundations and charities).
The group has agreed on a common investment exclusion policy framework in accordance with its 2022 Strategic Objectives for Responsible Investment, focusing on three key areas:
- Exclusion of investing in companies that design and produce cluster munitions and/or land mines in accordance with the Oslo Treaty (2008) and the Ottawa Convention (1997). Controversial weapons policy (PDF)
- Exclusion of investing in companies which to the group’s knowledge may breach fundamental principles due to gross corporate misconduct such as severe infringements of human rights, substantial environmental damage or those linked with corruption and bribery activities. Fundamental principles policy (PDF)
- Exclusion of investing in companies involved directly in thermal coal production as well as exploration, mining & processing and power generation using thermal coal (above defined thresholds). Thermal coal policy (PDF)
These exclusion policies are part of a comprehensive Responsible Investment framework for Wealth & Asset Management and Merchant Banking activities and are compliant with the applicable regulations, aligned with our approach to ESG criteria integration among our investment strategies, and part of the businesses’ response to manage ESG inherent risks for our investors.
Responsible investment policies
All Rothschild & Co entities are signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. To support ESG integration, some of our investment businesses have disclosed their Responsible Investment policy.
At Rothschild & Co, we believe that the SFDR regulation should not be approached as a simple regulatory constraint. It constitutes an opportunity for our investment businesses to develop investment strategies in line with global sustainability objectives while competing on equal terms with other market players.