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New Aon paper sees opportunities for impact in public equities

LONDON (16 December 2019) – Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, has issued ‘Investing for impact: Exploring opportunities in publicly traded equities’. This new paper provides insight into the areas that pension scheme trustees can invest in if they are looking both for competitive financial returns and to create a positive social and environmental impact.

Driven by the increased focus on delivering investment returns while achieving a positive impact on people and the planet, the opportunity for impact investing has grown in recent years. Additionally, the need to address megatrends, such as the climate crisis, resource scarcity and demographic changes, is driving a worldwide industrial restructuring and is shifting the basis of competitive advantage among companies. With that, has come increased pressure and attention on trustees to drive constructive change and to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges - all while continuing to deliver competitive risk-adjusted returns.

Tim Manuel, head of responsible investment for Aon in the UK, said:

“This latest paper looks to help trustees navigate the vast and complex universe of goals setting and impact measurement challenges. As we saw in our ‘Global Perspectives on Responsible Investing’ survey earlier this year, sustainability is climbing up the trustee agenda. For those looking to contribute to the sustainability challenges we face, a broad approach towards impact investing in publicly traded equities is attractive.

“We believe that trustees should actively engage with impact investing and seek out investment opportunities which offer the rewards of risk mitigation, financial returns and impact. A multi-faceted investment approach within public equity markets is an optimal approach - using a blend of managers while retaining diversification in a wide and liquid investment universe.”

‘Investing for impact: Exploring opportunities in publicly traded equities’ is available at HERE.


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