Sustainable investing

AXA manages assets totaling around CHF 1,100 billion worldwide. This makes us one of the largest asset managers and one of the world’s most influential investors. With an investment volume of more than EUR 100 billion, AXA is also Europe’s biggest real estate investor and the fifth biggest worldwide. We invest sustainably by reconciling economic, environmental and social objectives.

Investing sustainably to make a difference

  • We are one of the world’s largest asset managers
  • We minimize risks and safeguard returns
  • We make progress possible while preserving the world we live in

We invest with a clean conscience and are helping to shape the world of tomorrow

We apply our ESG approach professionally for our customers and choose only those investment managers who commit to investing responsibly within their funds as well. We firmly believe that sustainability pays off in the long term. 

“We firmly believe that using resources sustainably adds value over the long term. As an insurance company, we are also directly affected by climate events. We have therefore been taking a pioneering lead for years and are keen to encourage and support other companies on the path to a more sustainable future.”

Daniel Gussmann, Chief Investment Officer of AXA Switzerland

Sustainability is an integral part of what we do

We feel strongly that climate change and loss of biodiversity are among the greatest challenges facing humanity. So for us, promoting sustainability and responsible business practices are a top priority. AXA became the first major insurance company to announce that it was exiting investments in the coal industry (exit by 2030 within the OECD and by 2040 in the rest of the world). We also consistently champion the Paris Climate Agreement’s objective of limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. 

We want to make progress while protecting what’s really important. 

To ensure the economic and social well-being of humans and the environmental stability of the planet, sustainability criteria must play a key part in investment decisions. Sustainable investments are a core component of AXA Asset Management’s offering for both premium and customer assets. 

Here’s how we are actively involved in promoting sustainable investments

AXA invests funds in a way that takes future generations into account. To institutionalize this within our company, we established the AXA Group Responsible Investment Policy. As an asset manager, not only do we take economic factors into account, but also the social and environmental aspects outlined in this policy. AXA’s sustainable investment strategy is built on solid foundations: 

  • Integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles
    We use key figures and analyses regarding the environment, social responsibility and good corporate governance to inform our investment decisions. 
  • Adjustment of our climate-driven portfolios
    We incorporate CO2 metrics into our investment decisions.
  • Exclusions and sensitive ESG investments
    We limit or exclude investments in sectors or companies which are faced with grave social, human rights, ethical or ecological challenges.
  • Environmentally friendly investment goal and bridge financing
    Within our asset allocation, we are raising the share of environmentally friendly investments in order to support companies in transitioning to more low-carbon business models.
  • Impact-driven investments
    We make investments that have a positive, measurable and sustainable impact on society, while at the same time generating returns on the financial market.
  • Active influence as a shareholder
    We take responsibility and are actively furthering ESG and sustainability issues through our involvement and by exercising our shareholder voting rights.
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    Investing in sustainable real estate

    We invest in real estate in Switzerland with a sound sustainability strategy and clearly defined ESG metrics.

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    Investments with net zero emissions

    We promote climate protection by setting a net zero target for our investments and by investing in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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    Our commitment to biodiversity

    Together with our partners, we promote and protect biodiversity in Switzerland by financing projects that protect nature.

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