In 2015, the international community reached two major milestones, adopting the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September in New York, and then the Paris Agreement at the end of the 21st International Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in December. These commitments were reached only after intense negotiations, but their unanimity attests to an irreversible realisation of the situation and to a sense of urgency: the future of our planet faces major environmental, social and governance challenges. It is essential to address them without waiting any longer.
The vital contribution of the private sector
To respond to these challenges, we must collectively rally our intellects, energies and good will. It is not a question of project size, but rather of being determined to work every day towards creating the sustainable development conditions necessary to our societies' progress. Both New York and Paris conferences offered a reminder of just how important private sector contributions are for building the world of tomorrow.
The Edmond de Rothschild Group has always believed that companies have a leading role to play in the search for real solutions in the face of rising global challenges. The financial sector, which feeds the real economy, must be a trailblazer in the development of these solutions. They must aim to develop the world harmoniously for future generations.
In an era shaken by the temptation to cede to short-term interests, our family business feels particularly invested in embracing this pioneering mission, because long-term commitment has always been ingrained in our identity. Throughout our history, our sense of social responsibility has guided our actions. It is founded on ethics, which are at the heart of our values.
A key factor in value creation
With regards to investments, our Group is convinced that taking environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into account is essential not only for risk management, but also for value creation. Our expertise in listed equities and fixed income funds and in sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) has long been recognised. We are continuing to extend the reach of these skills across our asset management business. In 2015, we formalised our more recent commitments by signing the Montreal Carbon Pledge. From now on, we will publish the carbon footprint of our investment portfolios each year, progressively widening the scope. With its private equity funds, Edmond de Rothschild also promotes innovative financing for soil remediation and sustainable agroforestry. These strategies show the effectiveness of public-private partnerships, which are sure to play a critical role in financing sustainable development.
Commitment and ability to disseminate innovations
Offering impactful projects to our clients to create sustainable performance is the driving force at the heart of our responsible strategy. Sustainability is also a pillar of our Human Resources strategy. By emphasising the diversity of our employees, promoting their training and supporting them in their development, we want to strengthen their commitment and their ability to share innovations within our company and in their daily lives, as only people will be able to create, nurture and benefit from the opportunities offered by the major changes of our time.
Benjamin et Ariane de Rothschild
After laying out its Sustainable Development strategy in 2014, the Edmond de Rothschild group has now published its second annual report on the subject. This 2015 report presents the Group's objectives up to 2020 and assesses the performance of its strategy's five pillars:
- Ethical, responsible behaviour
- Commitment to employees
- Innovation at the service of responsible, sustainable investing
- Environmental impact management
- Commitment to a sustainable society
The 2015 report provides a detailed analysis of Edmond de Rothschild's ambitions and operations in the area of responsible, sustainable investing.
Learn more about our commitment in the area of Sustainable Development: www.edmond-de-rothschild.com