Among the different financial services, we also promote sustainable investments and support our customers in building portfolios that take account of their personal sensibilities to ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues.
How the responsible investment process works
We have adopted procedures and methods that integrate the investment analysis conducted according to traditional financial criteria with an analysis focused on sustainability risks and the adverse impacts of investments in terms of sustainability factors.
We can determine thanks to ESG indicators and screening tools, developed with the support of external advisors, whether the companies to which we direct investments are involved in controversial sectors or have violated the United Nations Global Compact.
On the basis of this screening, the securities of companies analyzed are admitted to our investment universe or, in cases of controversial practices and sectors, are subject to exclusion. More specifically:
- it is not allowed to invest ("Restricted List") in the securities of companies that have committed serious or systematic violations of human and workers' rights, that have severely damaged the environment or that are involved in serious episodes of corruption. Companies that produce unconventional weapons or that derive significant revenues share from coal, conventional weapons, tobacco, gambling and adult entertainment are also excluded.
- the securities of companies involved in controversies that indicate insufficient attention to ESG aspects with potential negative impacts on sustainability factors are also constantly monitored and at risk of exclusion ("Watch List") from our investment universe. This category includes, for example, companies directly involved in the production of nuclear weapons or indirectly involved in the cluster munition, anti-personnel mine and/or biological and chemical weapons market, as well as companies involved in violations of the Global Compact if not of a serious and systematic nature.
In addition, within managed portfolios that promote environmental or social characteristics (pursuant to Article 8 of Regulation EU No. 2088/2019) or that pursue a sustainable investment objective (pursuant to Article 9 of Regulation EU No. 2088/2019), we select financial instruments on the basis of economic and financial aspects integrated with social, environmental and sound governance parameters, aligned with the most authoritative and recognised frameworks on ESG reporting and rating and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, our methodology calls for an overall assessment of the sustainability of the financial instruments in portfolio, assigning them an ESG rating on a five-point scale, from 1 (low sustainability) to 5 (very high sustainability), on the basis of information provided by external advisors or data providers.
The ESG rating is determined by comparing the ESG performances of an issuer with those of issuers in the same industry. In the case of mutual funds and UCITs, we also take into account the institutional commitment and strategy pursued by the asset manager considering the sustainability of investment decisions. At least 75% of the value of portfolio - excluding cash - is invested in underlying assets with a sustainability score of at least 3; in addition, underlying assets with a score below 2.5 are excluded. The portfolio's overall ESG rating is at least equal to 3. In addition, we integrate this methodology with the identification of relevant ESG controversies, which allows us to identify the reason for the violation, the causes that grave rise to it and the measures taken to face and tackle the problem.
Regulation (EU) No. 2019/2088 has introduced disclosure obligations on the integration of sustainability risks and the consideration of adverse sustainability impacts in investment processes: for further information, visit the page with Banca Generali's information on sustainability in the financial services sector.
Investments in support of SDGs: measurement of impacts
We believe that private investors may also play an active part in implementing the international sustainable development agenda by financing, through their investment choices, companies committed, for example, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more efficient use of resources, offering high-quality care services or products for healthy nutrition, as well as companies capable of creating an inclusive workplace oriented towards the wellbeing of their employees.
We have thus developed a proprietary platform capable of providing an in-depth analysis of the level of sustainability of individual investment products, and of calculating their impact on the individual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations, determining its positive contribution in tangible terms through the use of appropriate metrics.
On this basis, we have included in our range a broad, diversified sustainable component at the level of both asset classes and specific investment themes, as well as of SDG compliance. Sustainable products are in addition to model portfolios and asset management lines characterised by investment processes that integrate the pursuit of traditional financial return with specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria aligned with the SDGs.
Partnerships to promote responsible investment
We have been ordinary members of the Forum for Sustainable Finance (SBB) since May 2019. Born in 2001, the Forum for Sustainable Finance is a multi-stakeholder non-profit association: it includes financial operators and other organizations interested in environmental impact and social investment.
The Association promotes the knowledge and practice of sustainable investment, with the aim of spreading the integration of environmental, social and governance criteria into financial products and processes.
The Forum is a member of Eurosif, an association committed to promoting sustainable finance in European markets.