AllianceBernstein has the largest number of individuals conducting ESG analysis, with 126 research analysts all considering ESG specifically, according to research across 15 asset managers managing £18 trillion of assets conducted by Corporate Adviser.
Impax has the second-largest number of ESG research analysts and specialists, with 46 people in its portfolio management and analyst team, all of which conduct proprietary in-house ESG analysis, according to Corporate Adviser’s 2020 ESG and Responsible Investing in DC Pensions report.
Vanguard has 30 specialists in its investment stewardship team, while Aviva Investors has 22 corporate governance and responsible investment professions acts as centre of ESG expertise, including 14 analysts producing internal ESG research
Aberdeen Standard Investments has 20 people in its central ESG investment teams as well as 50 responsible investment analysts working in specific asset classes.
State Street Global Advisors has 19 full-time employees focusing on ESG, while Schroders have 17, Columbia Threadneedle and LGIM both have 14, and JP Morgan Asset Management and Fidelity both have 10.
The research also found MSCI is the most common source of third-party ESG data, followed by ISS, Bloomberg and Sustainalytics.
The research found Vanguard exercised the most votes over a 12 month period, voting on 169,000 resolutions, followed by SSGA and LGIM on 109,000 and 51,000 respectively.
Of the 15 asset managers covered in the report, Fidelity is the only one that does not have a company-wide climate change policy. None of the asset managers covered has a specific decarbonisation target for AUM.
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