The Impact Hub

Our impact areas

Environmental impact areas

Environmental solutions

Climate action

Circular economy
Spotlight

Social impact areas

Social inclusion

Better work and education

Better health, saving lives

Please note that all information shown on Impact Hub is only related to M&G Investments Impact Investing strategies and it’s not representative of all M&G Investments capabilities. Any decision to invest into M&G Impact Investing strategies should take into account all strategies’ characteristics or objectives as described in their prospectus.

Spotlight:
Circular economy

We have a problem

Globally, it is estimated that on average 30% of food is lost or wasted1.

The below chart highlights the average annual food waste generated per person in different regions, although notably there is insufficient data for the food service and retail categories in middle-income countries, and across all categories in low-income countries.

What can we do?

Biodiversity is essential to the ongoing survival of life on this planet. We need healthy ecosystems to provide us with air, food, water and more. Our Nature & Biodiversity insights series covers a range of topics that are central to solving the nature and biodiversity crisis, while highlighting the opportunities for investors to make positive contributions.

Part 1: The importance of sustainable food systems

In this article Nishita Karad explores the importance of developing a sustainable food system, and the opportunities for investors to make a positive impact in this area.
 

Read full article

Part 2: Water and sanitation solutions

In this article, Adam Pinfold, Michael Rae and Ben Constable-Maxwell consider the risks of our current unsustainable water use, alongside some of the potential solutions.
 

Read full article

Part 3: Forestry and agriculture. Coming soon!

Are we on track?

Circularity continues to decline in 2023 according to our internal SDG scorecard.

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Metric: Circularity gap (ie, % of the global economy assessed as being circular).

The pandemic shutdown played a role with its health-related pressure for single use, as did the lack of policy action to ensure sufficient circular infrastructure. Companies have set ambitious targets to use recycled materials, increasingly supported by regulation, but the reality as evidenced by ocean plastic waste and growing global landfills is starkly different.

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 2023
1
United Nations Environment Programme, ‘Driving finance for Sustainable Food Systems’, (unep.org), 2023.

Relive the M&G Impact Forum!

Our annual Impact Forum took place on 6 June, bringing together experts from M&G’s breadth of public and private impact investing teams.

They were joined by industry experts, impactful investee companies and clients, to spend the day connecting the dots on all things impact.

Watch this video for a brief snapshot of the day’s discussions, or view recordings of the sessions below.

Impact Forum recordings

What is impact investing?

What do the UK Sustainable Disclosure Requirements (SDR) mean for impact investing?

Impact investing: client perspectives

Paris Aligned investing – why an active approach is essential

The investee view: CEO, GreenCore Homes and CEO, Reactive Technologies

How to make an impact in private and public markets

An update on the Positive Impact strategy

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.

Discover all funds

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.

Read the report

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

Making an Impact series

Our latest articles

Meet our impact investing experts*

John William Olsen

Head of Impact Equities

Joined M&G in April 2014, and was appointed manager of the Global Sustain Paris Aligned and Pan European Sustain Paris Aligned strategies in July 2014. He has been the manager of the Positive Impact strategy since launch in November 2018.
 

Ben Constable-Maxwell

Head Impact Strategist / Equity Impact Lead

Joined M&G Investments in 2003 and is now Head of Impact Investing, leading the firm’s strategy on impact investing as well as covering sustainability issues such as climate change and circular economy. He is the Impact lead on the M&G Positive Impact and Climate Solutions Funds.

Thembeka Stemela

Fund Manager

She is a South African national who joined M&G in July 2018 as an investment analyst for the Positive Impact strategy. She now manages the Diversity & Inclusion strategy and is Deputy Fund Manager of the Positive Impact strategy.


 

Jasveet Brar

Fund Manager

Joined the M&G Equity team in December 2012 as a dedicated investment analyst with the Sustain franchise, leading on environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis and company engagement. He became manager of the Better Health Solutions strategy in June 2021 having been part of the M&G Positive Impact team since its establishment in 2018. He was also appointed fund manager of the Taishin Future Health strategy in October 2022.

Michael Rae

Fund Manager

Joined M&G’s central equity analyst team as a Global Energy and Chemicals analyst in September 2019 from Redburn, where he was a Partner and Head of the Energy Team, with a focus on traditional and alternative energy companies. He was appointed fund manager of the Climate Solutions strategy in February 2023. He has been working as a senior analyst on the Sustain and Impact Equity Team with a focus on climate, circular economy and environmental stocks since 2022.

Susanne Grabinger

Investment Director

She is the Investment Director for Sustainable and Impact Equities at M&G. She joined M&G back in 2010 as investment specialist providing support for M&G’s Value and Income strategies. Before moving focusing on the sustainable & impact equities team, she was dedicated to the Multi Asset and Global Convertibles teams, most recently with a focus on the M&G Sustainable Multi Asset Strategies.
 

Randeep Somel

Co-Deputy Fund Manager

He joined M&G in 2005. At different stages he was Fund Manager or Deputy Manager of the Global Themes, Managed Growth, Global Recovery, and Climate Solutions Impact strategies. After spending 1 year at S&P 500 listed corporate Iron Mountain, as Global Head of Sustainability and Communications, he has decided to re-join M&G’s Sustain & Impact team as deputy fund manager for the Global and European Sustain Paris Aligned strategies in October 2023.

Lucy Hancock

Co-deputy Fund Manager

She joined the Sustain & Impact team in March 2022, as an experienced analyst with a focus on energy transition decarbonisation technologies and sustainable materials. Prior to joining M&G, she was an analyst on the European Chemicals Team at Sanford C. Bernstein for 3 years. Prior to this, she has spent 15 years in various roles in strategy consulting, private equity, energy, and soft commodity trading.
 

*These are the experts from our Impact Equities team only.

Selected sustainability institutions and initiatives


Please note that while M&G support such institutions and initiatives, we are not associated with them nor our Funds are endorsed by them.

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