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Eine Werbemitteilung der Metzler Asset Management GmbH - 1.11.2021

Metzler Asset Management joins the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative

"Governments and companies have a shared responsibility in the transition to a low-carbon economy. We believe that we, as asset managers, can make a decisive contribution to the achievement of a low-greenhouse-gas-emitting economy. We are proud to support the global goal of CO2 neutrality as a leading provider of responsible investments and part of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative," says Dr. Rainer Matthes, Managing Director and CIO, about Metzler Asset Management GmbH joining the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative.

The initiative, founded in December of 2020, is currently comprised of 128 asset management companies – only a few of which are German – with approximately USD 43 trillion in jointly managed assets. The signatories of the initiative have committed to doing their part to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest – by developing appropriate investment products and promoting investments in climate protection technologies and solutions. This is also in line with global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 ºC and is a clear sign that the asset management industry is attaching high priority to climate protection.

Commitment to net zero

By signing the initiative, Metzler Asset Management GmbH has made the following commitments, among others:

  • To establish and publish transparent interim targets for assets to be managed in line with net zero targets by 2030. This means contributing a fair share of the 50 percent global CO2 reduction target that was identified as a requirement by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a special report on keeping global warming below 1.5 ºC.
  • To intensify active corporate dialogs and voting policies in order to achieve the goal of net zero emissions for all assets under management by 2050 at the latest.
  • To develop investment solutions aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative

The international Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative aims to commit the asset management industry to taking on a more active role in the fight against climate change. It is managed by the signatories of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) and five other investor networks of founding partners1.

Metzler Asset Management: committed to sustainability

Sustainability has played an important role at Metzler Asset Management GmbH for more than 20 years now, and the company has been a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) since 2012. Metzler asset managers put full ESG integration into practice in a multi-stage process for all fundamentally managed, discretionary equity, bond and multi-asset funds. Metzler sustainability funds are classified in accordance with Article 8 of the EU Disclosure Regulation. For institutional mandates, the multi-layered, client-specific requirements for sustainable capital investing are taken into account and tailored at all times to the individually desired risk-return profile of the portfolio. The share of sustainable investments in assets under management now stands at 61% and accounts for EUR 31.7 billion (as of August 31, 2021).

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