We reflect what matters most to you.
Whether you're driven by personal or stakeholder values, aim to mitigate risk, or simply need to comply with regulation, our approach to responsible investment integrates with what matters most.
OUR APPROACH TO RESPONSIBLE INVESTING
Our responsible investing beliefs
As a global investment solutions provider, we believe transparency and investing responsibly can help deliver attractive investment returns and meet client objectives in the long term.
To reflect this, we have founded our responsible investing practice on a set of four beliefs.
ESG factors impact security prices. These factors can vary by company, industry, and region and their importance can vary through time.
A deep understanding
A deep understanding of how ESG factors impact security prices is value-adding to a skillful investment process.
Embedding ESG considerations into a firm's culture and processes improves the likelihood of prolonged and successful investing.
Active ownership of securities is an effective tool for improving investment outcomes.
Our climate change investment beliefs
Future climate events and shocks will affect security prices.
Current security prices may not reflect current climate change risks and opportunities.
The ability to recognize systematic or idiosyncratic mispricing presents skillful asset managers an opportunity to add investment value through both risk management and return opportunity capture.
Active ownership may be used to mitigate climate-change related risks, or to help foster effective adaptation for individual securities and markets.
OUR COMMITMENT TO INVESTING RESPONSIBLY
We collaborate with organizations that establish and drive responsible investment practices.
A / A+
Rated by the UN PRI on our approach¹
Became a UN PRI signatory
Proxy votes made at 9,547 meetings in 2020²
OUR RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT PROCESS
Putting beliefs into practice
Russell Investments strives to employ a firmwide, holistic, ESG-integrated approach to our investment process.
We encompass responsible investing into our investment manager evaluation process, portfolio management and advisory services, and through implementing proprietary solutions to meet client needs.
Responsible investing policies
Russell Investments' policy is to incorporate responsible investing into our investment manager evaluation process, our portfolio management, our advisory services, and through implementing proprietary solutions as desired by clients.
As a premier investment solutions partner with multi-asset and multi-manager capabilities, we leverage a broad set of relationships to exert influence and enable multiple levels of engagement. These connections also provide information sharing and serve as an important feedback loop into our active ownership processes.
Our policy is to research, measure, report and consider climate change risk and opportunities as integral parts of our investing practice, our active ownership, and our business operations. Our measures, reported metrics, and consideration of climate risk and opportunities are integrated into our sub-advisor research and selection, portfolio management, advice, proxy voting and shareholder engagement, and day-to-day business.
Sustainability risk policy
Russell Investments' policy is to integrate sustainability risks in our investment solutions by identifying, evaluating and managing relevant risks in our investment manager review process, portfolio management and through implementing proprietary solutions. We believe sustainability risks are most relevant to investment outcomes when they exhibit financial materiality, and, like all investment risks, are incorporated by balancing expected risk with expected reward.
In managing investment solutions, we consider financially-material sustainability risks in the context of expected rewards using a blend of inputs from sources including, but not limited to, investment managers, third-party data sources and Russell Investments propriety analysis. Furthermore, we incorporate bespoke sustainability risks based on clients' requirements for customized mandates. As well, we seek to collaborate with our advisory clients to consider, monitor and manage sustainability risk priorities in their portfolios.
RESPONSIBLE INVESTING BLOG POSTS
Insights, strategic research, and latest trends
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
- Overview of the 2020 PRI assessment of Russell Investments
- 2020 PRI Assessment Report
- 2020 Transparency Report
- PRI Assessment Methodology
Research and more
- Annual ESG Manager Survey
- ESG considerations in fixed income
- Moving the climate focus beyond carbon and on to water
- Materiality matters
- Decarbonization 2.0
- Responsible Investing Roadmap
- The benefits of integrating ESG into OCIO
- Russell Investments' Responsible Investing Practices
- Accessing energy transition opportunities in private markets
- Responsible Investing brochure
- Outsourced ESG investment solution
- ESG option added to a DC plan menu
- A tailored ESG solution helped this client reduce carbon by 50%
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¹ PRI 2020 Assessment Report.
² Source: Russell Investments' active ownership: 2020 Proxy and engagement report.