Pension fund of the year: Brunel Pension Partnership
The £30 billion ($38 billion) Brunel Pension Partnership was praised for its clear and broad climate policy, active engagement, and ongoing push for disclosure improvements.
ESG fixed income fund of the year: Brown Advisory's Sustainable Bond Fund
Brown Advisory's fixed income team believes that by integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their bond research process, they're able…
Multi-asset manager of the year: ESG Portfolio Management
ESG Portfolio Management is an asset manager of investment funds and segregated accounts, embedding the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Private equity ESG fund of the year - Ambienta
Italian private equity firm Ambienta specialises in investments that capture long-term environmental growth trends.
Boutique investment manager of the year: WHEB Asset Management
Investing solely in listed companies that address sustainability challenges, WHEB Asset Management is a specialist boutique focused on creating prosperity through…
Infrastructure fund of the year - BNP Paribas European Infra Debt Fund
BNP Paribas's European Infra Debt Fund posted returns of 276 basis points (bps) above the three-month Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor), in the 12 months to…
Best sustainability reporting by an asset or fund manager, large (not fixed income): Partners Group
Partners Group provides access to private markets for around 900 institutional investors and currently has about $94 billion in assets under management (AuM).
Real assets manager of the year: Mirova
Recent months have seen Mirova raise €860 million for a new energy transition fund and further entrench itself in the natural capital investment market.
ESG assessment tool of the year: Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI)
The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) uses forward-looking carbon performance assessments to measure companies' pathways to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement…
Impact fund of the year: The Nature Conservancy's sustainable forestry fund
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) says its $130 million sustainable forestry fund can be a model for large-scale impact investment in forests.
ESG index provider of the year: Qontigo
September saw the launch of Qontigo, as Deutsche Börse's combined its existing index businesses, STOXX and DAX, with risk analytics tool Axioma.
Listed equities manager of the year: Aviva Investors
Aviva Investors is among the 10 largest asset managers in the UK, with some £346 billion ($426 billion) under management at the end of last year, and claims to have…
ESG investment initiative of the year (not fixed income): Adenia
Adenia is one of very few private equity firms that acquire majority controlling equity stakes in mature African companies. It implemented an ambitious ESG transformation…
ESG hybrid fund of the year: Jupiter Global Ecology Diversified
Jupiter Global Ecology Diversified (JGED) impressed the awards judges by its success in both enhancing its ESG agenda through its equity and fixed income holdings,…
Best sustainability reporting by an asset or fund manager, medium and small (fixed income): Affirmative Investment Management annual impact reports
Affirmative Investment Management (AIM) claims to have promoted good practice in the bond market through its engagement with issuers, as many have enhanced their…
ESG data initiative of the year: GIG and BNEF's Carbon Score
Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG) and Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) developed a Carbon Score tool to standardise climate-related data and assess carbon impact.
TCFD report of the year - New Forests' Climate Disclosure Report 2020
New Forests' inaugural Climate Disclosure Report 2020 (CDR) is believed to be the first time that the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial…
Best sustainability reporting by an asset or fund manager: medium and small (not fixed income): Triodos Investment Management
Triodos Investment Management (IM) describes itself as a pure-play impact investment firm. This means all €4.9 billion of its assets are deployed with the goal of…
ESG research of the year - BMO Global Asset Management
Since 2015 BMO Global Asset Management has been engaging with market participants on green, social and sustainability bond market issues.
ESG engagement initiative of the year: Nordea and the Indian pharmaceutical sector
India's chemical industry is the main bulk provider to the pharmaceuticals industry in the Western world. While growth of the industry in India obviously creates…
Social fund of the year: Candriam equities oncology impact fund
In a year scarred by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Candriam's equities oncology impact fund outperformed its benchmark and grew its overall assets under…
Private equity manager of the year: Actis
A key factor behind emerging markets investor Actis being crowned 'Private equity manager of the year' was the launch last year of the Actis Impact Score (AIS).
Re/Insurer of the year - AG2R/La Mondiale
French insurance firm AG2R La Mondiale has been awarded Insurer of the Year because of its efforts in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria…
ESG data provider of the year: Sustainalytics
Sustainalytics has broadened its range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, launching both an ESG Data offering and its Country Risk Ratings over…
Best sustainability reporting by an asset or fund manager (large, fixed income): DWS
In 2019, German asset manager DWS continued to develop new ESG products and solutions, while also providing stakeholders with greater ESG data transparency.
Impact debt fund: Eiffel impact debt
Eiffel Investment Group claims its impact debt fund is the first private debt fund to explicitly link the cost of borrowing with the achievement of positive sustainability…
Stock exchange of the year: London Stock Exchange
London Stock Exchange (LSE) impressed judges by both the breadth and depth of its sustainable investment innovation, including the launch of its Green Economy Mark…
Impact initiative of the year: Jupiter 'impact' credit risk transfer
A $3.4 billion credit risk transfer featuring "ground-breaking" impact characteristics includes pricing incentives linked to positive impact and use-of-proceeds…
Investment consultant of the year - MJ Hudson Spring
MJ Hudson Spring has been awarded investment consultant of the year, capping 12 months that have seen the firm undergo radical changes.
Renewables fund of the year: NextPower III
NextEnergy Capital (NEC) had a second close of its third fund, NextPower III, of $280 million earlier this year.
Personality of the year: Adam Matthews
In a busy year for the Church of England Pensions Board's ethics and engagement director, Adam Matthews has been recognised for his prominent role across a number…
ESG Initiative of the Year: Brunel Pension Partnership climate change framework
Brunel Pension Partnership teamed with consultancy Chronos Sustainability to develop a climate change framework that would allow it to achieve investment returns…
ESG innovation of the year (funds and portfolios): Newmarket and Citi Community Capital
A securitisation of affordable housing loans with a novel structure offers a model US banks could copy.
ESG investment of the year (fixed income): Pimco's Climate Bond Strategy
Asset manager Pimco has been awarded ESG Investment of the Year for fixed income because the judges were impressed by its Climate Bond Strategy approach.
Climate index provider of the year: MSCI
Last year saw MSCI launch the MSCI Climate Change Indexes, designed to identify low-carbon investment opportunities and help investors build more carbon-resilient…
ESG research of the year (not fixed income): 2° Investing Initiative
The 2° Investing Initiative (2DII) was recognised by the awards judges for its innovative and timely modelling of the impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
ESG innovation of the year - research: Grantham Research Institute and Planet Tracker
The dependence of the value of a country's sovereign bonds on the management of its stocks of natural resources is set to intensify over the next decade, according…
Investment leader of the year: Jane Ambachtsheer
In August 2018, Jane Ambachtsheer stepped down as chair of responsible investment at consultancy Mercer to take on the position of global head of sustainability…
Most transparent credit rating agency: Fitch Ratings
Fitch Ratings secured the nod for most transparent credit rating agency (CRA) for the second year in a row, after its environmental, social and governance (ESG)…
Fixed income manager of the year - Wellington Management
Wellington Management's Global Credit Investment Team has developed a quantitative environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings methodology, which has been…
Thought leadership paper on sustainable investing: Wells, Wires and Wheels
Wells, Wires and Wheels, a paper published by BNP Paribas Asset Management's Mark Lewis, outlined the tough road oil faces to remain competitive with renewables…
Environmental fund of the year: Ninety One Global Environment Fund
Ninety One, formerly Investec Asset Management, saw its Global Environment strategy return 42% in 2019, outperforming the MSCI All Country World's return of 27%.