Taking ESG criteria into account helps us assess the opportunities and risks that exist when investing in assets and companies. We also firmly believe that taking account of sustainability criteria when making investments enables us to generate a better long-term return for our customers and investors. Taking account of ESG criteria therefore helps us minimize our risk and invest sustainably.
AXA Switzerland’s asset management unit practices “sustainable investment” on an comprehensive basis. Our ESG approach includes the following four components:
We regard responsible corporate governance and transparency as essential. Sustainable investment therefore requires us to limit or pull out of controversial investments that do not meet these requirements (divestment). Taking account of ESG factors, we screen out the following companies from our investment business:
There are currently more than 3,000 companies (listed and unlisted companies, including subsidiaries) on our ESG exclusion list. Go to our Responsible Investment Guidelines.
Sustainability criteria play a key role in the investment process of AXA Switzerland. To decide which stocks to invest in, we analyze and evaluate more than 8,000 companies in terms of ESG criteria. We do so on the basis of data from external agencies such as MSCI and internal analyses and thus integrate ESG risks and opportunities into our investment decisions. We analyze our portfolios regularly and systematically to check whether our guidelines have been implemented correctly or whether changes should be made.
Responsibility for implementing and updating the Responsible Investment Strategy is clearly defined at AXA. Within the AXA Group, the Responsible Investment Committee (RIC), headed by the AXA Group Chief Investment Office, is responsible for preparing and monitoring the guidelines. There are also expert bodies such as the ESG Footprint Committee. This committee reviews issuers and sectors that have been called into question from an ESG perspective. It also votes on whether the investment is still allowed and whether to initiate measures such as divestment, engagement or a credit check. The Chief Investment Officer of AXA Switzerland is responsible for the implementation of the sustainability strategy for investments in Switzerland and the Responsible Investment Center of Expertise monitors local implementation.
We believe investors worldwide should drive positive change and collaboration. We are therefore committed to sustainable investment both in Switzerland and in the context of international initiatives. AXA is a member of various groups and associations promoting responsible investment. We are involved in the following initiatives among others:
AXA Switzerland has had a partnership with the Impact Finance Forum since 2021. The Forum positions itself as the leading national conference in the financial sector. The aim is to raise the issue of sustainable investment and contribute to a stable and sustainable Swiss financial center. AXA would like to encourage and assist other companies along the path toward a more sustainable future. As a partner in the Impact Finance Forum, we aim to highlight the importance and positive impact of sustainable investment and disseminate information on the topic.