Acadian Asset Management Earns Coveted Scores by Principles of Responsible Investment’s (PRI)

A+ Scores in “Incorporation” and “Strategy & Governance” Categories for second year in a row 


Boston, August 18, 2020 – Acadian Asset Management is pleased to announce it has been awarded the top score of A+ for the second year in a row in the categories of “Strategy and Governance” and “Incorporation” for its systematic approach to responsible investing, The score was awarded by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in its 2020 assessment report and is a testament to Acadian’s long-term expertise in integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria as part of its investment process.


“We are delighted to again receive A+ scores from the PRI surrounding our integration and strategy and governance efforts,” said Ross Dowd, co-CEO of Acadian. “Integration is the core of our responsible investing process, utilizing factors along each dimension of E, S, and G. This is the product of well-established and extensive research into signals that further our clients’ sustainability and investment objectives. We remain focused on offering our clients distinctive, precision tools to achieve their ESG goals and the 2020 PRI scores underscore that commitment.”


Currently, more than 50% of Acadian’s AUM incorporates customized, client-driven ESG implementations, from exclusionary screens to carefully engineered portfolio tilts. Acadian integrates ESG considerations into its core investment process including such factors as the ability to factor an implicit carbon tax; political profile monitoring to determine country exposure in developing markets; a number of governance signals including independence, litigation and fraud potential; and additional risk controls. Additionally, Acadian’s robust research pipeline contains many ESG projects, including areas such as companies’ water usage and waste. Beyond implementation, a dedicated direct and collaborative company engagement programs helps ensure that invested assets have a meaningful and positive ESG impact.


To learn more about Acadian’s approach to responsible investing, please visit the ESG at Acadian webpage to view a range of material and thought leadership on this capability, and reach out to us if you’d like to discuss anything further.


About Acadian Asset Management


Acadian Asset Management LLC invests on behalf of pension funds, endowments, governments, foundations, and other institutional investors in many markets around the globe,  with approximately $91 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2020. The firm uses an innovative array of disciplined, systematic investment techniques across stock-specific, macro, and peer forecasting models. Acadian offers multi-asset class, ESG, alternative alpha, managed volatility, and long-only strategies such as emerging markets, small-cap, and international equity strategies. 


About PRI


The PRI initiative, backed by the United Nations, co-operates with an international network of signatories to implement the six Principles for Responsible Investment. It aims to identify the links between investment and environmental, social and governance issues, and to help signatories incorporate these issues into their investment and ownership decisions. The six Principles were designed by investors, bringing together 1,800 signatories from more than 50 countries, representing USD 70 trillion of assets.



Acadian Asset Management has been awarded these scores for the specific modules above. These as well as additional module scores can be found in the assessment report which is compiled from Acadian’s responses to the PRI Reporting Framework. The Transparency Report showing these responses is available on PRI’s website. The scores are not indicative of any strategy performance returns nor are they indicative of future performance.