Sanlam says that as part of its investment philosophy, sustainability “is embedded as a core process, resulting in more insightful research and a better understanding of the potential for companies to deliver sustainable cash flows into the future”.
Nersan Naidoo, chief executive officer of Sanlam Investments South Africa, said: “In taking a long-term view, in addition to financial data, our teams consider a range of non-financial factors that may affect overall valuations.
“These issues are typically related to the quality of companies’ relationships with their broader stakeholders and their stewardship of natural resources, as well as their own governance.”
Tom Carroll, head of Investments and Risk at Sanlam Investments UK, said: “As long-term fundamental investors we have always considered sustainable investing as critical to the long-term success of our investment teams.
“We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Sustainalytics, which will give our UK business the ability to incorporate ESG risk analysis into all our fundamental research, ensuring that sustainability is embedded within our directly invested funds and private client portfolios.”
Michael Jantzi, chief executive officer at Sustainalytics said, “We are honoured Sanlam has decided to use our ESG Risk Ratings to help further embed sustainability considerations into their investment decision-making processes.
“The firm is taking meaningful steps to look more closely at how ESG considerations can impact its clients’ investments, and we look forward to helping the firm’s various teams in this endeavour.”