Cooperating with organizations to advance sustainable development is a pillar of Intech’s holistic sustainability approach. Partnering within the asset management community and across industries is critical because no single organization can independently solve any of these problems. We believe collaboration may be the most important factor in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable Development Goal 17 is to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Achieving the other 16 goals is nearly impossible without SDG 17 because all of the goals are interconnected, which requires cross-industry and international cooperation to achieve systematic change. Therefore, to achieve the ambitious goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, transformative partnerships among government, business, and civil society are more important than ever.
Consistent with SDG 17, Intech identifies opportunities for collaboration with peers, clients, suppliers, academia, and non-profit groups to target other SDGs, scale our efforts, and share responsibilities.
The most essential of these memberships is the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI). Intech signed the internationally-recognized Principles in 2012, and we actively promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles in the industry. Indeed, they guide our decisions in forging relationships with other sustainability organizations.
In supporting the other sustainability organizations, Intech not only seeks to follow each organization’s vision and standards, but we also help shape industry best practices aligned with the PRI: ESG integration, corporate engagement, investor disclosures and policy advocacy.
KEY SUSTAINABILITY MEMBERSHIPS
Climate Action 100+ is an investor-led initiative that engages companies on improving climate change governance, cutting emissions, and strengthening climate-related financial disclosures – essential to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The Investor Agenda is a collaboration of seven groups — AIGCC, CDP, Ceres, IGCC, IIGCC, PRI and UNEP FI —that provide the best guidance to investors on tackling the climate crisis. It also advocates collectively for public policy to accelerate the net-zero transition.
ISS ESG is a leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions for institutional investors. ISS ESG solutions integrate ESG policies and practices while amplifying investor influence on ESG issues by pooling corporate engagement.
Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative is an international group of asset managers that supports net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and supports investing aligned with net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.
The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of ESG factors and support its network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors. Intech has been a signatory since 2012.
The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures recommends climate-related disclosures that enable stakeholders to understand better the concentrations of carbon-related assets in the financial sector and the financial system’s exposures to climate-related risks.