We evolve to build our institutional knowledge and to keep ahead of the curve.

We are continuously learning and advancing our understanding of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) topics and trends. Our goal is to continue to improve our ability to recognize, evaluate and act on ESG opportunities and risks, so we stay ahead of the curve and the plan remains resilient.

Part of that means continually developing new frameworks and tools. Two of our most recent developments include:

Low Carbon Economy (LCE) Transition Framework

We introduced our LCE Transition Framework in 2017 to help us visualize the potential impacts of climate change under a range of future scenarios, identify the catalysts driving the scenarios and provide insights that help us make better investment decisions as we navigate the uncertain path to a low-carbon economy.

See our case study "Using our Low Carbon Economy Transition Framework to understand the impacts of large-scale drought".

ESG Maturity Framework

The framework helps us assess companies based on a set of levels and expectations for ESG practices and performance. Its objective is to develop a common language around ESG, and identify industry specific practices and performance reference points that will:

  • inform investment analysis, due diligence, and asset management activities;
  • identify potential corporate engagement opportunities;
  • compare companies’ ESG maturity alongside a relevant portfolio.

In 2019, we deployed the ESG Maturity Framework for the oil & gas sector. We also finalized the framework for the mining sector and started developing our health care maturity framework.

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