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AIM Wins Best Green Bond Team UK Award

AIM is delighted to be awarded the CFI.co Best Green Bond Team UK 2016 Award. The Judges' report is shared below.

Putting money to work for a better tomorrow, Affirmative Investment Management (AIM) Partners combines time-honoured portfolio management strategies and sustainability parameters to offer a range of advisory services and products that help provide solutions to global challenges. Incorporating ESG (environmental, social, and governance) considerations into the decision making process, without compromising more traditional yardsticks, allows AIM to give its clients a chance to increase the impact of their investments while generating mainstream returns.

Moving beyond the hype, AIM works proactively with bond issuers to ensure they adhere to strict ESG guidelines and employ the funds raised towards sustainable business practices. The firm is recognised as a pioneer in green bonds and has helped shape the market. Employing positive selection criteria, AIM staff boasts an exceptionally long track record in managing green bond portfolios.

AIM is a data-driven firm and, as such, continuously monitors the performance and impact of its investment portfolio. Its holistic approach enables the company to quickly adapt strategies to changing circumstances without compromising returns.

AIM focuses on fixed income instruments that are carefully tailored to individual investment profiles and risk tolerance. The firm offers a comprehensive product mix that stretches from low risk / high liquidity to funds and vehicles more suited to investors seeking high returns and willing to bear the attendant degree of risk. AIM also offers its clients access to one-off special opportunities that the firm unearths while investigating the broader market.

The CFI.co judging panel recognises the need for investment products tailored to dovetail with the world’s growing demand for sustainable corporate practices. As ESG values move from the esoteric to the mainstream and become embedded in corporate best practices, investors have followed suit, demanding their savings be employed in a way both meaningful and sustainable. By offering solidly designed products that meet these demands, Affirmative Investment Management is providing a sorely needed service to the investor community. The judges are pleased to offer the company their 2016 Best Green Bond Team United Kingdom Award.

AIM Becomes Climate Bonds Initiative Partner

AIM is pleased to announced that we have joined the Climate Bonds Partner Program, formalising our longstanding cooperation with Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) since 2010. The original Media announcement can be accessed here, but excerpts can be found below.

AIM are a leading exponent of disclosure and reporting by bond issuers and the provision of impact data on a portfolio basis. They pursue impact investing opportunities in fixed income with a strong ESG and sustainability base and have been at the forefront of international green bond development with both CBI and international financial institutions since 2010. The AIM team holds the longest track record in the market for managing a green bond fund against a mainstream benchmark stretching back over five years.

Stuart Kinnersley CEO AIM:

“AIM is delighted to become a Climate Bonds Partner. We look forward to working even more closely with CBI and other Partners to actively seek meaningful mobilisation of debt markets to help combat climate change.”

“Climate Bonds international advocacy for accelerated action around climate finance aligns well with our investment focus on building resilient communities and shifting to low carbon economies. We believe investing should have a positive environmental and/or social ambition, Climate Bonds is working to achieve this on a global basis, hence our longstanding support. Becoming a Partner formalises our existing cooperative relationship. “

Sean Kidney CEO Climate Bonds:

“The AIM approach of providing annual impact reporting, disclosure around use of proceeds and data provision on investment outputs and key results is an example of best practice amongst managers.”

“Similar principles around transparency and disclosure have been incorporated into Climate Bonds Standards. Improved reporting should become standard amongst market participants and increasingly embedded in green bond market frameworks.”

“AIM have been an influential supporter of green bond market development. They have led the way by integrating green bond strategies into a range of mainstream benchmarked portfolios.”

About Climate Bonds Initiative:  The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) is an investor-focused not-for-profit, promoting large-scale investment in the low-carbon economy. For more information, please visit www.climatebonds.net

About Affirmative Investment Managers (AIM):   Based in London. AIM is the world’s first dedicated green and impact bond fund manager. 

Partners Program: NGOs, banks, institutional investors and governments are eligible to join as Climate Bond Partners  to help rapidly grow a market of green and climate bonds. Partners assist in developing initiatives to grow investment in climate solutions, participate in different market development committees & help define policy agendas for sector, country & sub-national programs.

A list of CBI Partners is available here.