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Sanlam Investments Wins 2023 Sustainable Asset Manager Award

Sanlam Investments is proud to announce that it has won the prestigious 2023 Sustainable Asset Manager Award. The award, presented by 27four Investment Managers, recognised Sanlam Investments’ outstanding commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance.

The 2023 Sustainable Asset Manager Award was presented to the top three firms that met strict ESG criteria at the ‘Disruption is here. Are you ready?’ industry event hosted by 27four, in partnership with Batseta Council for Retirement Funds, last night.

Commenting on the award, Carl Roothman, CEO of Sanlam Investments, said, “We are thrilled to receive the 2023 Sustainable Asset Manager Award and to be recognised for our dedication to becoming Africa’s leading sustainable investment house. This award underscores our commitment to delivering value to our clients through responsible and sustainable investing practices.

“At Sanlam Investments, we integrate ESG factors into our investment processes across all asset classes. Our dedicated team of ESG specialists provides research and analysis on ESG issues and works with investment teams to incorporate ESG considerations into their investment decisions.”

Driven by a ‘people-first’ approach, the firm leverages its R700+ billion in assets under management to make a positive impact on people, communities, and the planet, while delivering long-term value to its clients. “We offer a range of sustainable investment solutions, including funds that focus on renewable energy, green bonds, and companies with strong ESG practices.”

Some highlights from Sanlam Investments’ most recent Sustainable Investments and Impact Report include a reduction in carbon intensity, investments in renewable energy projects, ESG integration efforts, proxy voting, and employee training programmes.

“We also have sustainable investment-focused funds, such as our Legacy Range and Sustainable Infrastructure Fund, and our joint venture with FMO, Climate Fund Managers, which builds sustainable infrastructure in developing markets,” said Roothman.

Karl Socikwa, Sanlam’s Group Executive: Market Development, says the Sanlam Group is deeply committed to driving sustainability in South Africa and across the continent. “Our promise is to help all Africans live with financial confidence, and a key part of this is ensuring that our continent and its people have their futures safeguarded. Among our many activities in this area is the recent launch of the Sanlam ESG Barometer, a first of its kind in South Africa. Through it, we assess how JSE-listed companies are actively improving environmental and social outcomes in society through their activities.

“We commend our asset management arm for their leadership in the sustainable investments space and extend our sincere congratulations to them on their win.”

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