ESG at Berenberg

Sustainable Investing

More about our ESG investments

Good for our future and your assets

Sustainability has taken centre stage in society – and this is also true for investments. For a long time, it was not clear whether investing according to ESG guidelines reduces or improves the financial success of an investment. However, recent years have shown that sustainable investing does not have to be at the expense of performance – quite the opposite.

We offer our customers not only financially sound investments, but also those that meet social and environmental criteria. ESG investment strategies consider environmental (E), social (S) and governance (G) aspects in addition to traditional fundamental aspects such as micro- and macroeconomic information.

Not all companies and issuers we invest in are already perfect. That is rarely the case in the real world. Important for us is the direction of travel

Matthias Born, Head of Investments and Co-Head Wealth & Asset Management

Berenberg ESG activities and collaboration

Berenberg is signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). Further, we support the investor initiative KnowTheChain (KTC) and the Access to Medicine Foundation in order to exchange with other investors, to engage jointly “with one voice” and, ultimately, to support positive change.

Signatory since 2018

We signed the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The initiative aims to support signatories in integrating ESG factors into their investment processes.

Our current PRI Transparency Report

Supporter since 2021

We have signed the investor statement of the Access to Medicine Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the engagement of the pharmaceutical industry in low- and middle-income countries and to improve their overall access to medicine.

Member since 2018

The ICGN consists primarily of members from the asset management industry and works to define and promote effective standards of corporate governance and investor stewardship.

Supporter since 2020

We are supporter of the KnowTheChain initiative and have signed their investor statement. KnowTheChain is a partnership of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Humanity United, Sustainalytics and Verité, and provides supporters with resources to understand and address forced labour risks in supply chains.