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LGIM signs up to United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment

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Legal & General Investment Management has signed up to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment.

This is an initiative to encourage asset managers, asset owners and advisory companies around the world to incorporate environmental, social and governance issues into their investment analysis, develop engagement capacities and seek appropriate disclosures from the companies in which they invest.

LGIM is one of the largest index tracking managers to be participating in the scheme worldwide.

Signatories to the scheme commit to six principles of responsible ownership and governance and must complete an annual survey on which they are assessed on how effectively they have integrated the principles into their business.

Kevin Gregory, interim chief executive of LGIM, says: “LGIM is a major global investor with over GBP320bn of funds under management and we have always taken our role as a major investor very seriously. We are pleased to sign up to this important United Nations initiative as it is consistent with our belief that responsible and well run companies will provide our clients with the best returns in the long run.”
 
The six principles are:

1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes
2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices
3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest
4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the principles within the investment industry
5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the principles
6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the principles

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