Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) in Conning's Investment Approach


Conning believes the integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance risk factors into our investment process serves our insurance and pension clients’ needs and allows us to adhere to our fiduciary duty.


In 2012, Conning became a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative to solidify our commitment to a discipline we have practiced for many years. PRI provides a voluntary framework by which investors can incorporate ESG issues into their decision-making and ownership practices to better align their objectives with the values of society at large. In 2019, Conning also became a signatory to PRI’s new ESG in Credit Ratings statement, committing to incorporating ESG into credit ratings and analysis.


We are proud to report that Conning, along with our subsidiary Global Evolution, received an A+ score for our overarching approach to ESG Strategy and Governance in the 2020 Assessment Report from PRI.


In addition, Conning’s London office and Global Evolution, based in Kolding, Denmark, are signatories of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).


Paris Agreement Statement

Conning supports the central aim of the Paris Agreement, 'to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change', through our Corporate Governance actions, and our approach to helping clients identify, measure and manage the potential risks associated with climate change.


ESG Methodology

Determining the long-term sustainability of an issuer’s business model is paramount, and ESG risk factors contribute to a robust, holistic assessment. Conning examines a broad array of indicators, samples of which are illustrated under the Types of ESG Indicators section on the right side of the page.


Conning's Strategic Partnerships

Conning's subsidiaries, Octagon and Global Evolution, also share our strong commitment to ESG investing. Global Evolution has been a leader in utilizing ESG research in its management of sovereign debt since the firm's inception. Both Octagon and Global Evolution are PRI signatories.


Climate Risk Analysis

Insurers and pension plans need to understand how different climate change scenarios might affect the financial markets and their holdings over a range of time horizons. Click here to learn more about Conning's climate risk analysis.

Climate Risk Analysis





CarbonNeutral® Company Certification

In 2021, Conning Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries (together, “Conning”) achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification indicating that the firm’s net greenhouse gas emissions are zero for a defined duration. To achieve this certification, Conning is working with leading experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance, Natural Capital Partners. As part of this certification, the firm’s global operations completed an independent assessment of their greenhouse gas emissions. At this time, to meet its carbon neutral goal, Conning has established an offsetting program that finances several projects that support the transition to a low carbon global economy. All projects are independently verified to assure emissions reductions are occurring. The deployment of carbon credits is the first step in a journey as the firm continues to examine how to reduce its carbon footprint. For more information, please click here.