Acadian ESG

ESG at Acadian

 
Acadian Responsible Investing ESG

PHILOSOPHY

We believe that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are highly relevant to successful investing. To this end, we have implemented responsible investing concepts in our core process since the 1990s. We were the first quantitative investment firm to sign the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) in 2009.
Acadian’s philosophy is that the stocks likely to generate the best risk-adjusted returns are characterized by strong financial health, solid business prospects and favorable management quality. Our investment process develops a fundamental view of a company that combines traditional investment factors with non-financial signals, including those related to ESG.
PRI Scores: A+ in Strategy & Governance; Incorporation Acadian

PRI Scores: A+ in Strategy & Governance; Incorporation

Acadian has been awarded “A+” ratings in the 2018 review period on Strategy and Governance and Incorporation by the PRI. Additionally, we received an “A” rating on Active Ownership, underscoring our leadership and innovation in shareholder advocacy, which we believe is the next frontier of sustainable quantitative asset management.
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PROCESS

Acadian wholly incorporates ESG investing throughout our investment process across several frameworks.

Data:
We gather data through third-party ESG data sources, but the majority of our ESG signals are sourced throughout internal and proprietary data. Acadian utilizes data science practices to develop coverage across our 42,500-stock universe, and we employ modern tools such as textual analysis, imputation techniques, machine learning, data scraping, and direct engagement to develop proprietary coverage. This enables us to augment coverage where disclosure is missing and to develop a holistic view of both bottom-up and top-down opportunities.

Integration:
We integrate ESG factors into our core investment process along each dimension (E, S, and G), and we hold our ESG factors to strict standards to ensure they are material in an investment context.

Active ownership:
We are an active steward of the capital we invest and believe that this is a key pillar of the future of asset management and that advocacy, when done properly, not only enables a better class of investable securities, but also improves data for better insights and alpha generation. We demonstrate our active ownership through both proxy voting and engagement.

Governance & Reporting:
We provide extensive ESG reporting to our clients, including regular updates on portfolio characteristics, proxy voting, and engagement practices.
SUSTAINABLE PORTFOLIOS

SUSTAINABLE PORTFOLIOS

Acadian has a long history of integrating sustainable considerations throughout our investment process. We use our quantitative tools and expertise to assist in defining, implementing, and assessing the impact of these considerations on financial performance. Our sophisticated and flexible quantitative portfolio construction process, combined with a large investment universe and proprietarily enhanced data coverage, allows for implementation of a wide range of sustainable considerations while managing the consequences for risk and return.
We manage various dedicated sustainable portfolios. We can incorporate ESG issues into our portfolio construction through client-driven ESG screening, restriction lists, active portfolio tilts, and ESG-sensitive proxy voting.

Responsible Investing Overview

Acadian has a long history of integrating sustainable considerations throughout our investment process. We use our quantitative tools and expertise to assist in defining, implementing, and assessing the impact of these considerations on financial performance.

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