What We Do

Responsible Investing

We believe that companies with strong governance whose products and services enhance social or environmental goals should meaningfully outperform.

Responsible Investing

Responsible Investing

KBIGI has a long-standing commitment to Responsible Investing going back to the early 1980s, when we started working with our clients to construct portfolios that exclude companies engaged in certain controversial activities.

Over time, we have strengthened and deepened our approach to Responsible Investing to the extent that consideration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria is now a key factor in stock selection and fully integrated into all our Investment decisions.

We strongly believe that this leads to better long-term investment outcomes for our clients.

We engage constructively with the management of companies through direct conversations, collaborative initiatives with other investors and industry groups where it is merited as well as active use of our proxy voting. We are committed to sharing with our clients our insights on responsible investing and (importantly) to report to them on the ESG Impact of their investments.

We also are members of or signatories to industry initiatives and organisations such as the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk, the UN PRI, the CDP, Climate Action 100+ and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.

Responsible Investing Team

Responsible Investing Team

Our Responsible Investing Committee has responsibility for all aspects of Responsible Investing, including philosophy, policies, operations, service providers, Active Ownership and new RI products.

Impact Investing and SDGs

Impact Investing and SDGs

Impact is the measurable, beneficial social or environmental effect an investment generates alongside its financial return. We calculate what percentage of a portfolio’s revenue is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Engagement

Engagement

We engage with companies for many reasons, but we particularly focus on those who are laggards with regard to climate change or who don’t publish adequate environmental information.

Proxy Voting

Proxy Voting

We vote at more than 1000 annual company meetings worldwide, casting our votes in the best interests of clients and based on a pre-agreed set of policy guidelines which are reviewed annually.

Screening

Screening

We do not invest in companies involved with controversial weapons, large-scale coal-mining or coal-fired electricity generation, or which are in serious breach of the Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

Policies

Policies

Please click on More Information below to review KBIGI’s Responsible Investing policies.

We hope all our clients, service providers, suppliers, colleagues and their families remain safe and well at this time of uncertainty surrounding the Covid19 pandemic. On Friday March 27th the Irish government announced further restrictions on work and movement aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. In light of this we want to reassure our clients that we continue to operate our business seamlessly at this time through remote access and are available at all times should we be needed. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the careful, coherent and confident stewardship of our clients assets. This remains the case after these latest announcements from the Irish government and the temporary closure of the office to staff.

You can contact KBIGI through the normal channels and your regular client servicing executive will be available to provide any support you require in respect of your investments.