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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Investment Leaders Group

 

The Investment Leaders Group (ILG) is a global network of pension funds, insurers and asset managers, with over £14 trillion under management and advice. The group is committed in its mission to advance the practice of responsible investment.

The ILG is a voluntary initiative, driven by its members, facilitated by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and supported by academics in the University of Cambridge.

Decisions and positions of the group do not represent the policies or positions of CISL or of the wider University of Cambridge.

 

Vision


The ILG´s vision is an investment chain in which economic, social and environmental sustainability are delivered as an outcome of the investment process as investors go about generating robust, long-term returns. Read more about the Value of Responsible Investment here.

 

ILG objectives and outcomes


Our projects...

Are leading edge and innovation focused

Connect to change in the real economy

Leverage a unique pre-competitive environment

Helping to ...

Decarbonise the global economy

Protect and restore nature

Support inclusive and resilient societies

By ensuring that..

Capital acts for the long term

Capital is priced according to the true cost of business activities

Financial structures better serve sustainable business

Our activities drive impact by


  • Providing unique access to world-class University of Cambridge research and academic excellence
  • Internal capacity building and knowledge generation as projects are developed and adopted within member organisations
  • Designing tools and services that provide commercial benefit for members and enhance best practice across the market
  • Two-way dialogue and network engagement with CISL’s sustainable finance, corporate and policy communities

 

Areas of focus


Measuring sustainable investment impacts

The Sustainable Investment Framework offers a set of impact metrics that translate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into measurable indicators that can be calculable, easily understood and implementable by members.

Promoting long-termism

The ILG has developed a toolkit for investors aiming to design investment mandates to help shift the investment chain towards responsible, long-term value creation.  Central to the toolkit is a checklist which allows asset owners and retail clients to assess a fund's long-term orientation and enables asset managers to review their own performance.

Understanding consumer preferences and behaviours

The ILG, together with Cambridge academics from the Department of Psychology developed a Virtual Investment Experiment (VIE), to test investor preferences as to how they trade off financial performance against impact.

Risk and resilience

Our research in this area aims to empower investors to understand how shifts in market sentiment induced by awareness of how present and future environmental risks could affect global financial markets in the short term.

 

Meet the team


Lucy Auden

Senior Programme Manager

Colette Bassford

Project Manger

 
 

Grant Rudgley

Senior Project Manager

Emily Hamm

Project Co-ordinator

 

 

 

What our members say about the ILG


 

"Membership of CISL’s Investment Leaders Group delivers a powerful sweet spot that connects an impressive network of leading investment industry practitioners with first class academia and research specialists."

John Belgrove, Chair of ILG Senior Sponsors group and Director of Future Thinking, Aon

 

"We find the ILG’s mandate to provide member-driven, solution based outputs backed by world class academic expertise helps its members navigate sustainable investment challenges and makes for a very powerful combination."

Will Oulton, Chair, ILG Working Group, Global Head of Responsible Investment

 

"The ILG provides UBP with a valuable conduit of strong academic research covering broad areas within sustainability originating from a well-resourced, impressively connected institution in CISL, that has specialised in this important area for over 30 years. Much of what we learn from this body would be difficult to replicate from other sources. Furthermore, the opportunity to share approaches to sustainability within a forum of asset owners and investment managers shapes and enhances UBP’s own efforts and through collaboration, magnifies the impact we could hope to achieve alone."

Victoria Leggett, Head of Impact Investing, Union Bancaire Privée

 

Latest


Key research highlights from ILG members

8 January 2019

December 2018 – read a round-up of research undertaken by our ILG members.

Trustees should prioritise climate risk

15 October 2018

15 October 2018 – The facts speak for themselves and must be acted on – trustees need to prioritise climate risk says Andrew Voysey, CISL’s Director for Sustainable Finance.

State Street joins the Investment Leaders Group

27 July 2018

31 July 2018 – State Street is the latest organisation to join the Investment Leaders Group, a body of 12 influential investors dedicated to cultivating sustainable economic development.

La Banque Postale Asset Management joins the Investment Leaders Group

26 July 2018

26 July 2018 – The Investment Leaders Group (ILG) has welcomed La Banque Postale Asset Management to its group of global investors leading on directing capital towards sustainable economic development.

Top investment executives commit to sustainable finance Action Plan in high-level meeting with European Commission

9 April 2018

10 April 2018 – Investment leaders with more than $12 trillion under management and advice shared insights with the European Commission to support the implementation of the EU’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance.

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) join the Investment Leaders Group

7 February 2018

7 February 2018 – The Investment Leaders Group (ILG) has welcomed its newest member, Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), to its group of global investors leading on directing capital towards sustainable economic development.

Aon is the 10th member to join the Investment Leaders Group

30 November 2017

30 November 2017 – The Investment Leaders Group is delighted to announce Aon as the latest member to join its global network of pension funds, insurers and asset managers committed to advancing the practice of responsible investment.

Roelie van Wijk-Russchen, CEO of TKP Investments, appointed Chair of the Investment Leaders Group (ILG)

15 May 2017

15 May 2017 – Roelie will support the ILG with strategic guidance to help the group deliver an ambitious three-year programme focusing on investment impact and long-termism.

The case for responsible investment

13 September 2016

The case for responsible investment Will Oulton, Global Head of RI, First State Investments; Chair of the Investment Leaders Group Working Group 16 September 2016 The case for responsible investment is proven. The intellectual arguments for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

Quo vadis, impact?

3 June 2016

Quo vadis, impact? Manuel Lewin, Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Company Ltd, a member of the Investment Leaders Group, explains why he thinks it's worth measuring impact for everything. 7 June 2016 500,000 tons of CO 2 , or the equivalent of 1.2 billion miles (50,000 around-the-...