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This month's spotlight: Climate action

We have a problem

The 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2010

Global surface temperature have been rising steadily in recent decades. Looking at data spanning 1880-2022, we can see how much warmer or cooler each year was relative to the average temperature between 1951-1980, with blue indicating cooler temperatures and red showing warmer years.

What we can do?

Discover the role our Paris Aligned funds can play in the journey to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Please note that our Paris Aligned funds are sustainable funds but are not impact funds.

Aligning an investment fund to Paris Agreement

We believe the most effective way to align an equity fund with the goals of the Paris Agreement is by taking a company-specific approach, where we consider the real-world climate impacts of investee companies, and the actions they are taking, rather than solely focusing on portfolio-level metrics. In particular, we look for companies taking positive climate action, either to reduce their own emissions or by providing solutions for others to do so.

Are we on track?

We assess that further climate adaptation is essential, according to our internal SDG scorecard.

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Metric: Share of renewables in electricity production.

Progress towards SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy, now stands at 5/10, according to our internal Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scorecard. With 91% of the global population now having access to electricity, we have seen solid progress since 2015. However, the overall share of renewable energy in total energy consumption has only increased from 16.1% in 2010 to 17.7% in 2021.

SDG 13: Climate Action

Metric: Annual contribution towards mobilizing at least US$100 billion per year by 2020.

For the second year in a row we score 3/10 for SDG 13, Climate Action. The world is experiencing increasingly frequent extreme weather events, from heatwaves and wildfires to floods and storms. Signs of progress, however, are emerging: 118 countries have reported the adoption of national disaster risk reduction strategies aligned with the SDGs, up from 44 in 2015.

Discover more in our SDG Reckoning report

While we support the UN SDGs, we are not associated with the UN and our funds are not endorsed by them.
Source: M&G SDG Reckoning report 2022

Impact investing at M&G Investments

Public assets impact investing

With impact investing we invest in companies that aim to deliver meaningful social outcomes by addressing the world's major social and environmental challenges, while at the same time looking to produce a financial return.

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Private assets impact investing

Discover our impact investing capabilities focusing on private assets.

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Impact and sustainable funds

At M&G Investments we offer a broad range of impact and sustainable investment funds.

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SDG Reckoning report: Can the world catch up?

Our internal SDG scorecard report assesses global year-on-year progress, on a scale of 1 to 10, for each of the UN’s 17 SDGs.

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At M&G, we believe impact investing has a crucial role to play in tackling the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges. By deciding to redirect capital towards the solutions, we can invest in companies that create measurable, positive change in the world, while at the same time producing a financial return.

Kelly Hebert, Head of Belux & Global Head of ESG Development

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